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Students/Faculty News Kevin Storr March 10, 2023

For the third consecutive year, the UAB School of Health Professions (SHP) has awarded members of the SHP faculty with faculty grants. This year’s winners are Alexandra Evancho, PT, DPT, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy; Seung Yup (Joshua) Lee, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration; and Megan Carpenter, OTD, OTR/L, SCFES, assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Elizabeth Wylie, PT, DPT, NCS, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.

“We are extremely proud of the work our faculty are doing,” said Ritu Aneja, Ph.D., associate dean for research and innovation. “At the young investigator level, through interdisciplinary collaborations, and through education innovation, researchers across departments are helping to shape the future of health care.”

SHP grants give faculty an opportunity to pursue research that could ultimately change the course of a particular practice. The awards cover health-related topics and issues that align with the school’s mission to improve the quality of health through teaching, research, and translation of discoveries into practice.

Junior Faculty Grant

Winner: Alexandra Evancho: Physical Therapy

Co-Investigators: Keith McGregor and Jamie Tyler

Title: Enhancing Neurorehabilitation with Neuromodulation for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Alex Evancho PT DPT


Interdisciplinary Collaborative Grant

Winner: Seung-Yup (Joshua) Lee: Health Services Administration

Co-Investigators: Bunyamin Ozaydin, Leslie Hayes, Steven Howard, Jane Banaszak-Holl

Title: Data-Driven Decision Support to Proactively Prioritize Diabetes Cases in the Face of a Staffing Shortage

Seung Yup Joshua Lee


Education Innovation

Winners: Megan Carpenter: Occupational Therapy; and Elizabeth Wylie: Physical Therapy

Title: Preparing Students for Interprofessional Service Learning for Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury

Carpenter Wylie

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