Associate Professor
Director, Rehabilitation Medicine Laboratory

Areas of Interest
Spinal Cord Injury


Dr. Yarar-Fisher is an Associate Professor at the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. Her translational research program focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) in the acute and chronic stages with the purpose of developing novel dietary and rehabilitation strategies to improve neuro-recovery, metabolism, and bowel function. Thus, her laboratory is currently developing and testing therapeutic diets and electrical stimulation programs to evaluate new ways to prevent neuronal death and promote recovery and function in the acute stages and improve body composition, gut microbiome composition, and skeletal muscle and metabolic health in the chronic stages of SCI. She has received several NIH and NIDILRR funding to support her investigations in SCI.

She was recently selected as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Persons of Turkey by Junior Chamber International for her work in Academic leadership and/or accomplishment. She served two years as Treasurer, Chair-Elect, and Chair in American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) SCI-Special Interest Group, and is a member of ACRM, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Physiological Society. Dr. Yarar-Fisher has had the privilege of mentoring a wide variety of students and trainees, including 3 high school students, 5 medical students, 3 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents, 10 physical therapy students, 2 doctoral students, and 1 post-doctoral trainee. She has also mentored 4 international visiting doctoral students and 2 visiting faculty from Hacettepe University/Turkey via Erasmus International Credit Mobility Program. Among her students, over 70% are racial-ethnic minorities.

Education & Training

PhD, Auburn University


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Office: 205-996-6896
Laboratory: 205-975-0618