In the Fall of 2017, the Department of Human Studies held an internal grant competition open to all faculty and academic programs in the department. The purpose was to apply the department’s recent training on Design Thinking to the 2017-2019 School of Education strategic plan’s five focus areas.

The review committee funded 15 proposal for a total of $203,869.35.

SoE Strategic Plan Five Focus Areas:

  • TEP = Transformative Educational Programming
  • SA = Scholarly Activity
  • CE = Communications and Engagement
  • FS = Financial Sustainability
  • OHC = Organizational Health and Culture
Proposal TitleSubmitted ByProgram, Individual, or TeamSoE Strategic Plan Focus AreaFunded Amount
Assistant Principals' Academy Educational Leadership Program Faculty Program TEP, SA, CE $16,218
Development of a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (MHE) Educational Leadership Program Faculty Program TEP, CE, FS $29,218
JUST BEET IT! "Determination of the independent effects of beetroot juice components, dietary nitrate and antioxidants, on exercise tolerance and health benefits in individuals with obesity." Gordon Fisher, Scott Snyder Team SA $24,900
Expansion and Renovation of the UAB Community Counseling Clinic Dayna Watson and the CEP Faculty Program TEP, SA $18,000
Implementing the Gottman University Outreach Program’s Level One Training in the UAB Counselor Education Program Shannon McCarthy, Dayna Watson, Sean Hall, Larry Tyson, Stephen Hebard Program TEP $5,754
Effects of Uncoupling Protein 1 (UCP1) and Thermoneutrality on the Hypermetabolic Phenotype Produced by Dietary Ketone Esters Eric P. Plaisance Individual SA $30,610
Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Coding and Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Training Stephen Hebard Individual SA $1,360
Increasing the National/Regional/State Profile of the CHHS Program: A Three-Pronged Approach Laura Forbes, Retta Evans, Larrell Wilkinson, Amy Carr (Community Health and Human Services) with support from Kyndle Huey Program FS, CE $10,000
Further Construct Validity and Longitudinal Invariance of the CCAPS-34 Sean B. Hall, Scott Snyder Team SA $1,325
Masters of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching (MSHC): Exploring Collaborative Educational Opportunities Community Health and Human Services Faculty but created in collaboration with Kinesiology, Physical Education, and Counselor Education support Program TEP, CE, FS $24,218
Dept. of Human Studies Faculty and Staff Development: Identifying, Applying, and Improving Individual Strengths Kristi Menear Individual OHC $23,638.35
Increasing Enrollment in the Traditional Master’s Degree Program in Physical Education through Marketing, Flexibility, and Innovative Curriculum Design Sandra Sims, Claire Mowling Program TEP, FS $8,990
Move IT: An After School Program that Enriches the Movement Opportunities of Avondale Elementary School Children Sandra Sims, Claire Mowling Program TEP, CE $3,232
Transformative Educational Programming through Innovative Internships Amy Carr, Laura Forbes, Jenelle Hodges Team TEP, CE $4,206
Communications and Engagement: Re-inventing National Health Education Week Amy Carr, Laura Forbes, Larrell Wilkinson, Kyndle Huey Team CE, OHC $2,200

The criteria for being selected into the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Counselor Education Program’s Hall of Fame is contained in one sentence: The award is given to an individual, associated with UAB’s Counselor Education Program, who has made a significant contribution to the counseling profession.

Anne LaRussa

Ms. Anne LaRussa recently authored, “The Knitter,” a story of family life and mental health awareness. “The Knitter” follows Anne’s paternal family tree, which she was able to document back to her great-grandparents in Sicily, her grandparents and early childhood years. Readers meet her parents, her father’s “mom and pop” grocery store, her sister and her future husband, Benny.

Readers also are introduced to her anxiety. After having her sixth child, LaRussa writes about being diagnosed with postpartum depression, which “led to a major depressive episode.” She got treatment, and in her book writes of the friendly advice from her youngest son, David, to “get a life.” She did just that.

Ms. Anne LaRussa gradated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Counselor Education Program with a degree in Agency counseling on August 25, 1991 and obtained an Education Specialist degree in counseling on August 21, 1994. Her research project was a proposal for a women’s counseling center. This is the moment, which Anne changed the profession of counseling in the state of Alabama.

For many graduates, the next step in their professional life would be to spend their remaining professional years counseling individuals in their respective disciplines.

Ms. Anne LaRussa has certainly done that, and more. Oasis Counseling for Women and Children was founded in 1995 by Anne Bruno LaRussa as an outgrowth of her graduate work in counseling at UAB. Based on her needs assessment of underserved women in the Birmingham area, Anne’s vision was to provide mental health services and educational programs at fees that every woman could afford. With the support of a diverse group of women in the community, Oasis opened its doors on 14th Avenue and 19th Street on Birmingham’s Southside, utilizing three beautiful historic neighboring houses.

Oasis is one of the few women’s counseling centers in the state, providing services to women throughout the life span, from the very young to the very wise. Oasis provides individual, couples, group, and family counseling, as well as art therapy and play therapy.

Anne LaRussa truly embodies the criteria of one who has made a significant contribution to the counseling profession. It is with great pleasure we induct Ms. Anne LaRussa into the University of Alabama at Birmingham Counselor Education Program’s Hall of Fame.

Linda Foster, Ph.D.

Dr. Foster is an Assistant Professor at Troy University Montgomery and received her undergraduate degree from Samford University, master’s and education specialist degrees in Community Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Mississippi State University in 2003.

Dr. Foster worked as a school counselor for over 10 years at the elementary, middle and high school level and is now entering her sixth year as a counselor educator. She has been actively engaged and has served on local, state, national and international counseling boards and editorial boards. Recently, Dr. Foster has accepted the position of Editor of the Alabama Counseling Journal.

Dr. Foster also serves as a Counseling Supervisor in the State of Alabama for those that are seeking post-graduate licensure supervision.

Dr. Foster’s research interests include professional identity of counselors, clinical supervision of school counselors, counselor education faculty dynamics, personal development, leadership styles and personality types among counselor educators and the use of single subject research methods by counselors.

Marc Grimmett, Ph.D.

Marc A. Grimmett, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and coordinator for clinical mental health counseling in the counselor education program at North Carolina State University. His courses include Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Gender Issues in Counseling, and Advanced Multicultural Counseling, Advocacy, and Activism. Dr. Grimmett also provides supervision for Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and supervision of supervision for doctoral students.

The conceptual framework for Dr. Grimmett's approach to research is titled R.A.D.I.C.A.L. scholarship, which means Research Activism to Deconstruct Institutionalized Cultures and Advocate for Liberation. This framework currently includes four areas of concentration and corresponding goals, which are: transforming contextual and systemic factors to promote the healthy development of African American males (e.g., Conducting a study on the contextual factors, diagnostic processes, and counseling outcomes associated with the diagnosis of Conduct Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder in African American boys); facilitating access to mental health counseling services using a counselor education program-based community mental health clinic (e.g. developed proposal for a School-Based Mental Health Program Collaboration between the NC State University Counselor Education Program and a local High School); developing social justice counselor education teaching methods (e.g., developed Documentaries Relating Experience About Multiculturalism Project for Advanced Multicultural Counseling course); and preventing gender-based violence through education, activism, and community partnerships (e.g., executive producer, co-director, and co-writer of MY MASCULINITY HELPS, an educational documentary that explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence, supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, scheduled to be released in late Fall 2013).

Dr. Grimmett has presented nationally and internationally, as well as facilitated numerous educational and corporate trainings on cultural competence and the intersections of oppression. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia and is a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Grimmett completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina Counseling and Human Development Center, where his training focused on culturally competent counseling, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, and sexual abuse counseling. He has over 14 years of professional mental health experience working in different settings including university counseling, community mental health, and substance abuse treatment centers, as well as in-home counseling services and private practice.

Education and Licensure

  • B.S., Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.A., Community Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia
  • Counseling Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of South Carolina
  • Licensed Psychologist, North Carolina
  • Health Services Provider-Psychologist

Judith Harrington, Ph.D.

Dr. Judith Harrington teaches Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention and Introduction to Marriage and Family at UAB. Dr. Harrington is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Supervising Counselor, Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling, trained in suicide intervention, Approved Trainer: American Association of Suicidology and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, AFSP-trained Suicide Bereavement Facilitator, and an approved PREPARE / ENRICH Couples Counseling Provider. She served as Suicide Prevention Coordinator, which entailed serving as state suicide prevention coordinator for the Alabama Suicide Prevention Task Force through a joint partnership with The Birmingham Crisis Center. Some of her more prestigious awards are: Mental Health Counselor of the Year, 2007, American Mental Health Counselors Association; Outstanding Practitioner of the Year, 2006, Alabama Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association, Chapter IV of the Alabama Counseling Association; The Distinguished Professional Service Award, 2005 awarded by The Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) for service that promotes the profession of counseling in the state, regionally, and nationally; The Wilbur Tincher Humanitarian and Caring Person Award, 2002, awarded by The Alabama Counseling Association.

Dr. Harrington also is an Approved Trainer for the American Association of Suicidology / Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 2006. She was one of 14 applicants nationwide (among physicians, psychologists, social workers, and other MH professionals) for a state of the art Best Practices Curriculum to become an Approved Trainer. Washington, D.C.

Dr. Harrington's is best known for her work regarding suicide. She maintains a private practice while adjuncting for UAB.

Pam Mobley, Ph.D.

Dr. Pam Mobley has been an instrumental member of the UAB adjunct family during the last decade. She has been acting advisor for the Rehabilitation Concentration at UAB and has taught Assessment, Practicum, Internship, as well as each of the Rehabilitation courses. She is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama where she earned both her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees. She currently is a Surveyor for CARF International (formerly the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and is employed as a field supervisor for the Department of Rehabilitative Services for the State of Alabama. She has presented over 300 programs nationally and internationally on topics related to counseling, human development, and rehabilitation. However, it is not these accomplishments, which were the justification for her election into the UAB Counselor Education Hall of Fame. Instead, her inclusion into this select group was based on her love for the UAB Counselor Education Program and its students, her devotion to Rehabilitation Counseling, and her genuine willingness to continually give back to her profession through her advisement and counsel to her students. Dr. Mobley is much more than an adjunct professor at UAB, she is part of this program. Her persona and qualities are etched in the in minds of her students and counselor education colleagues.

Dr. Mobley consistently demonstrates the earmarks of professionalism and professional identity. She is always approachable, demonstrates a genuine willingness to meet her students where they are; and each is a better student and counselor for their interactions with her. We are pleased to invite her into this Hall of Fame.

Glenda Elliott, Ph.D.

Glenda R. Elliott, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is Associate Professor Emerita of the UAB Counselor Education program. She served on the faculty from 1973 to 1994 and continued to teach as an adjunct until 2000. A charter member of Zeta Chapter, she also served as a faculty advisor. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified counselor supervisor, national certified counselor, and educational consultant. The former Coordinator of Training for the UAB Safe Zone program (2001-2012) and co-founder of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (2005), Dr. Elliott currently serves on the Coordinating Committee of the Alabama Safe Schools Coalition and is a member of the board of Friends of Jung-South. She received both the UAB Ingalls Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as numerous awards from the Alabama Counseling Association; namely, the Professional Development Award, the Professional Service Award, the Wilbur A. Tincher Humanitarian and Caring Person Award (twice), the Fannie R. Cooley Award for Professional Development, and the Individual Publication Award for her work, When Values and Ethics Conflict: The Counselor’s Role and Responsibility, 2011. Her other recognitions include the Chi Sigma Iota International Outstanding Counseling Supervisor Practitioner Award, the Equality Alabama Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award.

Paul Pederson, Ph.D.

Pedersen came to UAB from Syracuse University where he was awarded Professor Emeritus status. Dr. Pedersen taught several courses whilepedersenpict at UAB (1996-2001), but is most known for his work in the multi-cultural discipline. Dr. Pedersen's extensive expertise in this area has granted him national and international recognition. He is the author of countless articles, monographs, and books. Dr. Pedersen's is also known for his professionalism and his mentorship. He has mentored literally hundreds of counselor education students and professors. He has readily given of his time and knowledge. His influence has been felt throughout the counseling and counselor educator community.

Exercise Science and Fitness Leadership students complete an internship (KIN 499) during their senior year.

  • Students are encouraged to start identifying internship goals and sites in their junior year. It may be beneficial to the student to volunteer or do a job shadow prior to committing to their internship site to get a closer look at an industry and/or profession, so as to avoid selecting at a site that is not a good fit for their internship.
  • Students must fulfill all pre req courses (e.g. KIN 485, 400 and 307) before doing their internship.
  • Information on how to set up your internship and expectations for the internship will be covered in KIN 485 - a mandatory pre req course for KIN 499.
  • Students are required to submit 'Pre Internship’ forms/paperwork during the semester prior to taking KIN 499. You must submit your completed ‘Application Form’ (provided in KIN 485) to the Internship Instructor (cc your proposed Agency Supervisor) for approval on or before the deadline for your anticipated KIN 499 semester enrollment. Deadlines are as follows:
    • Spring Semester KIN 499 – November 10th
    • Summer Semester KIN 499 – March 20th
    • Fall Semester KIN 499 – July 20th

For more information about internships, contact the Internship Instructor, Samuel Cauffman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Photo of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory

There are two kinesiology laboratories at UAB. The Exercise Physiology Laboratory and the Exercise and Nutritional Physiology Laboratory are used for data collection, training, and scientific inquiry and are open to kinesiology graduate students and undergraduate honors students. Students use the laboratories for their theses, honors projects, internships, and field experiences.

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Director: Gordon Fisher, Ph.D.

The new 1,100 square-foot lab features more than 800 pounds of free weights along with high-tech equipment that includes arm crank and cycle ergometers, computerized treadmills, and skinfold calipers and bioelectrical impedance scales for measuring body composition. The lab is also equipped with a metabolic cart to measure energy expenditure during rest and exercise, portable handheld spirometry for pulmonary assessments, electrocardiography to analyze heart rhythms, and an electromyography system and force platform for the assessment of motor unit activation during muscle contraction.

The Exercise and Nutritional Physiology Laboratory

Co-Directors: Gordon Fisher, Ph.D. and Eric P. Plaisance, Ph.D.

This 900 square-foot facility, located in the Shelby Biomedical Research Building, is equipped for the study of metabolic and cardiovascular regulation in skeletal muscle, adipose, and liver tissue. Dr. Fisher's research focuses on the role of reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial dysfunction, and markers of inflammation in the pathogenesis of chronic metabolic diseases associated with obesity. Dr. Plaisance's research focuses on the dysregulation of lipid metabolism during positive energy balance (weight gain) and the impact of novel dietary and exercise interventions on the remodeling of lipid metabolism between tissues.

Our students have access to Oroboros Oxygraph-2k with DatLab software, a FluoroMate FS-2 Fluorsecence Spectrometer, a BioRad Chemidoc XP digital imaging system, a SpectraMax M3 Microplate reader, a Corning Digital Microplate Shaker, a dissecting microscope (Stemi 2000), a Nanodrop Lite Spectrophotometer, a thermocycler (BioRad I-cycler), a 96-well quantitative real-time PRC unit (BioRad), BioRad power supplies, BioRad wet transfer cells, BioRad gel boxes, two PowerGen tissue homogenizers, cell and tissue culture, digital darkroom imaging, analytical balance scale, shakers/rotators, a minus 80°C and a minus 20°C freezer, two 4°C refrigerators, a Variable Flow Peristaltic Pump, and all other equipment necessary for immunoblotting and mRNA expression studies.

The Department of Human Studies Honors Program provides high achieving Exercise Science and Fitness Leadership students with the opportunity to participate in honors (HON) sections of KIN 485 and 499 during which time they will collaborate with faculty mentors (Dr. Fisher or Dr. Plaisance) in pursuit of their intellectual interests and complete an honors project.

Supervision of each student’s work will be conducted by a faculty mentor who will be responsible for guiding the student’s progress and setting deadlines. The honors project consists of an inquiry or investigation that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline of kinesiology and meets global and societal needs. All projects must be pre-approved by Dr. Plaisance, the Honors Program Director.


Each student has the opportunity to work one-on-one with a mentor in an area of mutual interest and will conduct an in-depth literature review plus either a research project or a civic engagement project designed to meet some particular need related to pertinent areas of fitness, exercise, or physical activity. Students develop critical thinking skills and learn to present their ideas in an organized and insightful manner.


Students majoring in kinesiology with concentrations in either Exercise Science or Fitness Leadership who have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply for the Department of Human Studies Honors Program.

When to Apply

Each student should secure a faculty mentor and identify an honors project during his or her junior year while taking or after having taken KIN 307 and 400. Students should apply to the honors program during the semester prior to taking KIN 485 so that they have sufficient time to complete their honors projects (which will entail at least 90 hours of coursework) in their senior year while enrolled in KIN 485 and KIN 499.

When is the deadline to submit the HON Application for students taking KIN 485 in Fall? July 20th

When is the deadline to submit the HON Application for students taking KIN 485 in Spring? November 10th

When is the deadline to submit the HON Application for students taking KIN 485 in Summer? March 20th

Application Materials

Each student is required to submit (1) a student application, (2) an essay, (3) a letter of support from his or her faculty mentor, and (4) a second letter of recommendation. All of these materials may be submitted as attachments in one email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or else as hard copies in one envelope to Dr. Plaisance, EB 207. Please be sure to submit ALL four documents together and at the same time; incomplete packets will NOT be reviewed.

Please use a PC to complete this form—the form is NOT compatible with Mac computers. If you have difficulty entering information in the template provided, please seek assistance from the student workers in the EB 149 Open Lab.

Honors Coursework

Grades for students enrolled in KIN 485 (HON) are determined in the same manner as they are for students in KIN 485 (non-HON). During the last week of the semester, the faculty mentor will submit a progress report with the designation of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for each of their mentees—while mentees submit a journal (hourly log) of their activities signed by their faculty mentor—to the KIN 485 HON course co-instructor, Dr. Plaisance. Students are placed in the HON or non-HON section (traditional) of KIN 499 based on the recommendations of their faculty mentors.

The faculty mentor also determines, in consultation with Dr. Plaisance, the final grades for the KIN 499 HON coursework. By the completion of KIN 499 HON (3 credits), students should have devoted at least 90 hours to their honors project. Faculty mentors submit either a satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress report and a copy of each student’s written report—while each student submits a journal (hourly log) of his or her activities signed by the faculty mentor—to Honors Program Director Dr. Plaisance.

Please refer to the syllabus (provided by your faculty mentor) for specific course prerequisites, grading policies, and guidelines. The faculty mentor serves as the agency supervisor during the KIN 499 HON Fitness Internship. Students may register for an additional section of KIN 499 HON if they need more time to complete their project.

Honors Project

In order to complete the honors project successfully, each student must produce a written report that meets stated criteria in syllabus and also conforms to the format necessary for submission to an approved journal for publication and/or a professional organization for an oral or poster presentation. The written report may consist of the following components: abstract, introduction, statement of the problem, purpose, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. For more information and guidance, consult the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), UAB’s one-stop clearinghouse for the promotion and facilitation of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities across all disciplines at the university. Students may also wish to seek guidance from Inquiro, the official UAB journal for undergraduate scientific research.

Graduating with Honors

Honors students must earn a grade of ‘A’ in HON sections of both KIN 485 and KIN 499 (3—6 hours) in order to graduate with "Honors in Education.”

Honors graduates will wear a ‘white cord’ at the Commencement ceremony (picked up from the Honors table), and with ‘Honors in Education’ will be printed by their name in the Program.

Honors Advising

Please contact Dr. Plaisance, Honors Program Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 996-7909), for additional information and advising. He will help students identify both their project and faculty mentor.

Sources of Potential Funds for Travel and Conference Expenses