Accreditation statement

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Meredith Anderson

Kali Coleman

Specialty/Career plans: As of now, I want to work with the geriatric population either in an assisted living or nursing home facility. 

Extracurricular activities: I enjoy being involved in my church group, spending time with my husband and family, exercising, and my newest hobby- geocaching. 

Undergraduate major: Exercise Science 

Undergraduate University: The University of Alabama 

David Cowden

David Cowden

Specialty/Career plans: Acute Care or Rehab

Extracurricular activities:cooking, gardening, spending time with wife and daughter, serving Masses

Undergraduate major: Exercise Science

Undergraduate University: Bowling Green State University

Yemisi Elebute


Specialty/Career plans: Gait and Prosthetics or Neuro Inpatient Rehabilitation

Extracurricular activities: I currently serve as the APTA Student Assembly Core Ambassador for Alabama and  Co-Clinical Director for the student run pro-bono at Church of the Reconciler. Outside of school, I teach dance at my church, I love to cook and bake for friends, and I enjoy watching Family Feud reruns.   

Undergraduate major: Exercise Science

Undergraduate University: Georgia State University

Kali M Coleman


Specialty/Career plans: Neuro Rehab

Extracurricular activities: Within the program, I am the President of the Student Physical Therapy Organization; so I enjoy helping to get students and professionals involved in campus and community events. I love to spend time outdoors and make trips to the river whenever possible to ski and relax on the water.

Undergraduate major: Human Performance and Exercise Science

Undergraduate University: University of Alabama

Tony DelittoAnthony Delitto, Ph.D., PT, FAPTAThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy selects Anthony Delitto, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, as the inaugural lecturer for the Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship. Delitto, associate dean for research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, is recognized around the world for his accomplishments and contributions to the PT profession.

“When I entered the PT profession, Marilyn was already known for having built UAB into an educational force in the PT world so I am honored to be the first Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed lecturer,” said Delitto, an unprecedented six-time winner of the highly regarded Steven J. Rose Award. “I am not one to talk about myself so my lecture will focus on the monumental work of others in research, practice and education.”

Delitto, who has served on numerous appointee committees and task forces for the American Physical Therapy Association, is a professor in Pitt’s Department of Physical Therapy and vice president of education and research for the Centers for Rehab Services. He has held APTA leadership positions in Illinois, Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was given the Mary McMillan Lecture Award which is considered by many to be the most prestigious honor bestowed on a PT in the United States.

“We are honored to have Dr. Delitto as the first Marilyn Gossman lecturer,” said Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, interim chair, UAB School of Health Professions PT department. “He has been and will continue to be a true pioneer in physical therapy. I am confident that his lecture will provide numerous ‘gems’ that will benefit the UAB academic and clinical community.”

Marilyn Gossman, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, was a physical therapist, educator, researcher, and influential leader who served as chair of the UAB PT department for more than 30 years. In 1998, Gossman died of breast cancer.

Beginning with Delitto’s selection in 2014, the UAB PT department will choose a renowned therapist, who has made profound contributions to the physical therapy profession, to give a lecture that is open to the public in honor of Gossman.