• Faculty offer UAB’s first PT telehealth simulated patient encounter

    They say necessity is the mother of invention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this came to life in order to provide UAB PT second-year students an opportunity to participate in providing physical therapy via telehealth.

  • Rocky Barnes - Class of '78

    Rocky and Amelia Barnes established the Barnes Family Endowed Scholarship. In a recent Q&A session, Rocky told us how he ended up at UAB, what advice he gives students today, and why he supports UAB PT: "I felt the need and obligation to give back to the program that has given so much to me."

  • Rob Motl receives mentor-based postdoctoral fellowship from NMSS

    Robert Motl, Ph.D., Professor in Physical Therapy and Director of UAB Exercise Neuroscience Lab, receives funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to train promising rehabilitation professionals to conduct MS research for the next five years.

  • UAB OT and PT rise in 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings

    The UAB Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy graduate programs each move up in the latest U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Grad Schools” rankings. The MSOT program is now #23 and the DPT program is now #13.

  • Emma Richardson, HALT MS Postdoc Fellow, wins UAB Science Blitz

    Emma Richardson, a postdoctoral fellow in the Exercise Neuroscience Research Lab, wins first place in the 2020 UAB Postdoctoral Research Day Science Blitz category. Her focus was “What is it like to age with MS?” which came from work she developed as one of the first recipients of the Healthy Aging through LifesTyle in Multiple Sclerosis (HALT MS) pilot grant awards.

  • Stephanie Silveira, UAB ENRL postdoctoral fellow, receives an NIH F32

    Stephanie Silveira, Ph.D.

    Stephanie Silveira, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Exercise Neuroscience Research Lab, receives a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award. The award, known as an NIH F32, is given to postdoc candidates “who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields.”

  • Matthew Ithurburn earns APTA Emerging Leader Award

    Matthew Ithurburn, PT, DPT, PhD, assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Physical Therapy, has been selected by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Research as a 2019 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award. Ithurburn, who is also treasurer of the Biomechanics Special Interests Group (2018-2020), was nominated by the Section’s leadership to recognize his accomplishments and contributions to the PT profession and the APTA, early in his career.

  • SHP Dean Named to ASAHP and Lakeshore Foundation Board of Directors

    Andrew Butler, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Health Professions, was recently elected to the Lakeshore Foundation and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Board of Directors. Butler, who became dean of SHP in July 2019, came to UAB from the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University where he was associate dean for Research and director of the Clinical Neuroplasticity Lab.

  • Sean Skelton 1st to earn UAB Neurologic Physical Residency Certificate

    On Thursday, August 1, 2019, Sean Skelton, PT, DPT, a Physical Therapy Resident in UAB Medicine, became the first to finish the UAB Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program. Skelton received a graduate certificate during a small ceremony at UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center.

  • UAB students, alumni, faculty adapt electric cars for special needs children

    Faculty and alumni from the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, along with students from the UAB Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, were joined by students from UAB’s Department of Occupational Therapy and School of Engineering, to adapt electric toy cars for Alabama children with disabilities as part of the nationwide GoBabyGo program.

  • SHP Dean Andrew Butler receives APTA’s highest national honor

    Andrew Butler, PT, Ph.D.,FAPTA, dean of the UAB School of Health Professions, was honored as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at the PT NEXT conference on June 13, 2019. The FAPTA award is the association’s highest honor.

  • DPT students learn pros/cons of the field from Oxford-style debates

    For the 4th year in a row, students in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Doctor of Physical Therapy program hosts Oxford-style debates to better learn the issues they may face in the PT field.

  • Meet PT Faculty Member Sheree York

    Sheree Chapman York, PT, DPT, MS, is not your typical assistant professor. She joins the UAB Department of Physical Therapy after more than 40 years of physical therapy practice in a broad range of roles from physical therapist all the way up to director of the Physical and Occupational Therapy Department and Early Intervention Services at Children's of Alabama. In addition, York has practiced and taught physical therapy from as near as here at UAB to as far away as Wurzburg, Germany. Her career experience is an invaluable asset to our department and our students.
  • Butler named dean of UAB School of Health Professions

     The University of Alabama at Birmingham has named Andrew J. Butler, MPT, MBA, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Health Professions following a national search.

  • Slovensky to be interim dean of Health Professions

    Donna Slovensky, Ph.D., professor and senior associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the School of Health Professions, will become the interim dean of the school April 1, when Dean Harold Jones will officially retire after a distinguished career of 18 years in that role.

  • NIDILRR awards five-year grant to SHP team

    Researchers at the UAB School of Health Professions have been awarded a five-year, $4.625 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research to translate a novel exercise program, referred to as Movement-2-Music, into several community-based fitness centers in Birmingham. 

  • Two Rehabilitation Science students defend their PhD dissertations

    Two students in the UAB PhD in Rehabilitation Science program defended their doctoral dissertations in November. Anwar B S Almutairi and Sarah dos Anjos are the 9th and 10th students to defend in this young program that is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Departments of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

  • Jennifer Christy named Doctor of Physical Therapy program director

    Jennifer Christy, Ph.D. is the new program director of the UAB Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. She says, “The UAB DPT program has a rich history of excellence and has great potential to become the top PT program in the nation.”

  • Harold Jones to step down after 17 years as dean of Health Professions

    Harold Jones, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Professions, has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as dean, pending arrival of his successor. Jones became dean of what then was known as the School of Health-Related Professions in April 2001, when it had a total of approximately 800 students. Today, it has more than 2,200 students.

  • SHP Hooding Ceremony celebrates Class of 2017

    On Friday, December 15, 2017, the UAB School of Health Professions held their Graduate Professional Programs Hooding Ceremony. More than 2,000 friends and family witnessed 183 of the school’s 224 graduates join the UAB alumni family. The event was held at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom.