James Rimmer, CEDHARS Director

James Rimmer James RimmerJames Rimmer, Ph.D., is the inaugural Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of the Lakeshore Foundation/UAB Collaborative. He is a Professor in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine.

Rimmer directs two U.S. technology-driven federally funded centers, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (funded by CDC since 1999), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research since 2002). His research interests explore the use of new and emergent technologies in developing biobehavioral and environmental strategies to promote beneficial physical activity and healthful weight management in adults with physical disabilities.

Yuying Chen, Co-Director and Director of Research

Yuying ChenYuying ChenDr. Chen was trained as a physiatrist in Taiwan and earned a Master of Public Health from Yale University and PhD in epidemiology from UAB. With the unique blend of clinical and research backgrounds, Dr. Chen has been very productive since she joined the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1997 and has gained national and international recognition for her work involving spinal cord injury trends, mortality, and long-term outcomes. Her research has been consistently funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and industries.

Dr. Chen also serves as the Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center that manages the longitudinal National Spinal Cord Injury Database and has continuously provided consultation and technical assistance to investigators within and outside the US with analyzing data from the database for research. Dr. Chen also teaches in the UAB School of Public Health and has served as a mentor/preceptor in various capacities for students, residents, and visiting scholars.

Dr. Chen is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, the NINDS Common Data Elements (CDEs) Oversight Committee for the Spinal Cord Injury CDE project, the Executive Board of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group, the International Spinal Cord Injury Data Set Committee, the Prevention Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society as well as the Prevention and Research Committees of the American Spinal Injury Association.

Dr. William "Jamie" Tyler, Co-Director and Director of Innovation

Dr. William "Jamie" TylerDr. William "Jamie" TylerDr. Tyler received his PhD in Behavioral Sciences from UAB in 2003 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He is a professor in the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering (Schools of Engineering and Medicine) with joint appointments in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (School of Medicine) and the Department of Occupational Therapy (School of Health Professions).

Dr. Tyler's scientific and engineering efforts focus on developing products and solutions for noninvasive medical and consumer health devices, as well as neuromodulation solutions for national defense and security needs. These include methods and devices for cognitive and physical performance enhancement, as well as for treatment of mental health conditions.

Dr. Tyler is an inventor and entrepreneur, co-founding a small business working to develop and commercialize novel products to enhance brain health and cognition.