Welcome From the Chair


Welcome to the Department of Occupational Therapy at UAB. This is a dynamic time in our profession and here at UAB. Occupational Therapy (OT) has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Jobs and Top 5 Blazing Healthcare Jobs in 2012 (usnews.com). Entry-Level and Post-Professional Programs at UAB are poised to provide you and the discipline as a whole with new ideas and techniques for effectiveness and success. Our faculty and students are involved in research, community service, and quality academic programming. We are ranked nationally in the top 30 of ≈170 programs in the country with a capable and renowned faculty that you will work with in your OT studies.

Occupational therapy is a wide-ranging profession that embodies a profound understanding of 'occupations' of everyday people as well as those who experience developmental delay, injury, disease, or other mental, physical or sensory disorders and disabilities. We are a profession that helps people develop or return to the fullest engagement and participation in life activities. Our profession’s brand is "Living life to its fullest"! Sometimes this means assisting individuals as well as their families and friends to experience changes in functioning through recovery or adaptation. At other times it means promoting health, wellness and engagement in life activities for particular communities and populations.

In your graduate studies at UAB, you will be exposed to numerous resources both within the Department of Occupational Therapy, the School of Health Professions, and the University itself. UAB is one of the nation's largest and best academic and medical centers and we are proud to be a part of the UAB family.

Faculty and staff are eager to work with you during your time of study here at UAB. We offer high caliber classes with high expectations for ourselves and the students we work with. It is this level of study that will make you an exceptional occupational therapist and lifelong learner as you proceed in your own professional career.

Please explore our website to see the faculty and staff, their many contributions to the profession, as well as our program’s features and resources within the School and the University. We hope to see you in our future here in Occupational Therapy at UAB. Go Blazers!

Brian_Dudgeon    Sincerely,

    Brian J. Dudgeon, PhD, OTR, FAOTA 
    Professor and Chair