Jamie HollowayJamie Holloway defends her PhD dissertationIn a span of two weeks, PhD candidates Jamie Holloway and Byron Lai defended their dissertations for the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhD in Rehabilitation Science program.

Holloway’s dissertation was titled Motor Abilities and Social Participation in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She defended on Monday, October 2, 2017.

In her research, Holloway looked at the relationship between gross motor skills and social function in children with autism spectrum disorder. She found that children with autism who have better motor skills also demonstrate better social function. Her research also showed that gross motor skills, especially core stability and ball skills, can be used to predict social function in this population.

Lai’s dissertation was titled Teleexercise for Increasing Physical Activity in People with Neurologic Disabilities. He defended on Friday, October 13, 2017.

In his research, Lai looked at how teleexercise can eliminate the barriers that face individuals with neurologic disabilities. He found that teleexercise helped participants improve their capacity as well as their adherence to a program.

This marks their third and fourth student in the past three months to defend. The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program, which first accepted students in 2013, will graduate five PhDs at the UAB School of Health Professions Graduate Professional Programs Hooding Ceremony on December 15, 2017, giving them seven graduates to date.