Elizabeth (Beth) Barstow, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV

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Associate Professor

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Phone: 205 934-7321

Fax: 205 975-7787

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Beth is an Associate Professor of occupational therapy. She has a PhD in Health Education, a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy and a graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her bachelor's degree is in occupational therapy from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Barstow has 24 years of experience in occupational therapy, having worked as an adult and older adult clinician specializing in low vision rehabilitation in Minnesota, Alabama, Florida and Arizona. In addition, she has experience with driving and community mobility. Since joining the faculty at UAB, she has studied issues related to aging and low vision. Most recently her interests have focused on participation in physical activity, including self-efficacy and access to fitness equipment. Her teaching focuses on low vision rehabilitation for occupational therapy entry-level students and post-professional students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Barstow is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association (ALOTA) and ASTM International. She has achieved AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision Rehabilitation.


PhD in Health Education and Promotion, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, December 2012.

MS in Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, December 2004.

Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, Birmingham, AL, December 2004.

BSOT, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, December 1989.

Extramural Funding Grants Implementation of National Symposium on Provision of Low Vision Rehabilitation through the Healthcare System, $40,000, Awarded September 23, 2004 from the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, 2 year grant to develop a multi-disciplinary low vision symposium for healthcare providers.

Certifications and Special Training Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, University of Alabama at Birmingham, December 2004.

Certified Drivers Rehabilitation Specialist, ADED, March 2002.

Neuro-Developmental Treatment for Adults with Hemiplegia, March 1999.

Trained in administering Functional Capacity Evaluations, October 1998.