Inside this issue: History of UAB PT Educa onal Program Part 2: Growth and Progress (cont. from pg. 1)
PT Chair Announces Re rement
Gossman Lectureship Fundraising Campaign
History of the UAB PT Educa onal Program Part 2: Growth and Progress
SHPB Building Update
Physical Therapy Alumni News
PT Chapter UAB NAS
In the June 2012 Physical Therapy Alumni News, we
degrees with specialty tracks in cardiopulmonary,
UAB DPT Clinical Educa on News
reported on the early years of the PT educa onal
pediatric, and musculoskeletal physical therapy as well
program at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
as an educator track. This program graduated its last
In this issue, we describe the more recent history of the
graduate in 2002. In 1973, a physical therapist assistant
program star ng with the oﬃcial establishment of The
program was established in collabora on with
University of Alabama in Birmingham as an independent
numerous community colleges throughout Ala. The
University in 1969 (the name was later changed to
program was ini ated at a me when there was s ll a
University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984).
great deal of controversy about the use of physical
Innova ve Curricula
therapist assistants in clinical prac ce. (Cont. on pg. 2)
Six second year students picked to par cipate in Project TransTeam
DPT Students Receive Endowed/ Named Scholarships
DPT Student Wins Scholarship to MS Conference
DPT Students and Faculty win First Place in Triathalon Class of 2015 Begins Course of Study
UAB DPT Faculty and Students Provide Pro‐bono Services
program, opened for 5 years at that me, was well established. The picture on this page shows young faculty
UAB Department of PT FACULTY
McCarthy Accepts Faculty Posi on at Carroll University Graham Elected to Na onal APTA Commi ee
Bickel Named Associate Director for UAB Center Department Publica on (2013) Mehta Joins UAB Department of Physical Therapy Faculty
In 1969, the entry‐level Bachelor of Science in PT
members Jo Clelland, Cara Adams, Marilyn Gossman and David Cusic at the 1970 commencement ceremonies at Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium, as UAB oﬀered its
first degrees as an autonomous university. In 1972, the faculty began oﬀering post‐professional educa onal
programs for prac cing PTs. This program oﬀered MS
Jo Clelland; Cara Adams; Marilyn Gossman and David Cusic
PT department chair announces re rement Dr. Sharon Shaw, chair of the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, recently announced her
Wilson, UAB PT Alumni Chapter President ,Takes on Exci ng New Job
plans to re re from UAB in the Fall of 2013. A Search Commi ee has been formed and a na onwide search is underway to have a new department chair in place as soon as possible.
Delk Named as New UAB PT Alumni President
Online Health Focused Pa ent/ Client Management Course Available this Fall Alumni in Ac on
Alumni Advisory Commi ee
Sharon first came to UAB in 1971 to assume a posi on as Assistant Director of Clinical Services in the University of Alabama Hospitals Physical Therapy Department. At this me the Department employed only four other physical therapists. Sharon was later promoted to
director and was influen al in enhancing the Department’s infrastructure, se ng a path for the growth into its current status as a na onwide model for acute care PT services. During her me
David Bryson (‘89) Karlie Brantley (‘08) Jonathan Delk (’99) ‐ (President, PT Chapter of the UAB Na onal Alumni Society) Chantel Jones (‘07) Donna Kay King (‘86) Cheryl Knowles (‘82) Donald Lein (‘88) Tana Lieb (‘09) David Morris (‘90) (Faculty representa ve) Sonya Pearson (‘06)
at University Hospital, Sharon was par cularly ac ve in developing PT services as part of the Burn Care Team. To this day, her contribu ons have helped to make UAB a leader in this field of health care. Sharon le Birmingham for a few years in the mid 1970s. Luckily, she returned to Birmingham in 1983 and eventually returned to UAB as a faculty member of the UAB physi‐ cal therapist educa onal program and director of the UAB physical therapist assistant (PTA) program. (cont. on pg. 3)
Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH
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History of the UAB PT Educa onal Program Part 2: Growth and Progress This represents one of the many mes
the program moved to a building on 9th
un mely death in 1998. Dr. Gossman’s
that UAB PT faculty have taken bold and
Ave South first known as The Regional
leadership propelled UAB physical therapy
daring steps to advance the profession of
Technical Ins tute (RTI); the program has
to na onal prominence. Sharon Shaw, PT,
physical therapy. The PTA educa onal
moved in and out of this building several
DrPH, the current Department chair,
mes. The program then moved to the
assumed the role in 1998 and has
program was oﬀered along with the entry‐ level PT degree un l the PTA program was
Outpa ent Building on 6 Ave South and th
con nued to advance the programs for the
closed in 1994. In 1976, an entry‐level
19 Street South, to Tidwell Hall 20th
last 15 years.
Master’s of Science PT degree was
Street South, back to RTI, to the Bishop
A Promising Future
established and oﬀered concurrently with
Building 19th Street South and then
Since ini ated on this campus in 1964, the
the BS in PT degree un l the BS degree
finally se led into its current loca on in
PT educa onal program at UAB has
was phased out in 1982. In 2004, an entry‐
the School of Health Professions Building
experienced tremendous growth and now
level Doctor of PT degree program was
(SHPB). The SHPB is currently undergoing
boasts thousands of alumni from several
established and remains the only entry‐
a major transforma on (see page 4). The
diﬀerent educa onal curricula supplying
level PT degree oﬀered here at UAB. In
current home, SHPB, is adjacent to the
the physical therapy workforce worldwide.
2002, another postprofessional degree
infamous RTI; which is now a
Along the way, our educa onal program
was established for licensed PTs. This
comprehensive learning center that is
has maintained high rankings and high
program, the Doctor of Science in PT
shared between the Schools of Health
licensure exam pass rates for its
degree was established with the goal of
Professions and Nursing and called the
graduates. Our faculty and alumni, alike,
preparing PT educators and clinical
Learning Resources Center.
have made indelible marks on the physical
researchers. This program awarded its last
Eﬀec ve and Consistent Leadership
therapy profession through clinical care,
degrees in December of 2012. Finally, the
The role of department chair is cri cally
research, teaching and service. No doubt
UAB Departments of Physical Therapy and
important to any educa onal program.
the program will con nue to evolve and
Occupa onal Therapy jointly established a
This individual is responsible for the
PhD in Rehabilita on Sciences program in
development of all departmental
2012. So as you can see, our educa onal
academic and research ac vi es. In its
program has a rich history of evalua ng
almost 50 year history, the PT
and responding to the needs of a rapidly
educa onal program at UAB has been
growing profession; physical therapy.
lead by only a few individuals. The
More than Just a Building
program was ini ated by Joan Bergman,
The program has been housed in
PT, PhD; the first PT to be hired at UAB
numerous buildings here on the UAB
and who went on to advance Physical
campus, including a few structures that no
Therapy in a wide variety of ways. Mirian
longer exist. The program was first housed
Jacobs, PT, who worked with Dr. Jonas
in the newly constructed and state‐of‐the
Salk during the Polio epidemic, was
art Spain Rehabilita on
Program director from 1966‐1968.
Center. In 1970, the program moved to
Marilyn Gossman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, was
Crippled Children’s Hospital. Around 1972,
Department chair from 1968 un l her
PT students receiving clinical instruction at Spain Rehabilitation Center in 1969.
PT Department Chair Announces Re rement (cont. from pg. 1) Under Sharon’s direc on, the PTA program was a top‐ranking academic program un l it closed in 1994 when UAB decided to discon nue many of its health‐related associate degree programs. Even a er the UAB PTA program closed, Sharon remained ac ve in assis ng community colleges throughout the state to establish new PTA educa onal programs. Sharon con nued her leadership roles in the Department of Physical Therapy as Associate director un l the un mely death of the then Director, Marilyn Gossman, PT, PhD, FAPTA in 1998. True to form, Sharon stepped in as interim Director and kept the Division moving forward at this incredible me of loss. Those of us who were on faculty at this me took great comfort in having Sharon in charge and unanimously endorsed her as permanent Director one year later. In the 15 years since that me, the Department has con nued to thrive under her leadership. In addi on to being a highly eﬀec ve physical therapy administrator, Sharon also serves as a shining role model for academic professionals wishing to posi vely impact the health of their communi es. Sharon became ac ve in AIDS chari es back in the mid 1980s when the epidemic was having a devasta ng eﬀect on the Birmingham community – even greater than in most southern ci es of similar size. Sharon and other concerned professionals were responsible for establishing the Aids Task Force of Alabama – an organiza on that con nues today as AIDS Alabama. Sharon has remained very ac ve in advancing the mission of this organiza on. Since 1991, her
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ac vi es/ appointments with this group have included: 1) Public Rela ons/News Media Liaison for Special Events ; 2) Member, Execu ve
Commi ee; 3) Member, Board of Directors (1993‐2008); 4) Secretary ; 5) Chair, Housing and Suppor We are looking for news items about UAB PT Alumni. If you know of ve Services Commi ee; 6) Chair,
news items (e.g., promo ons, awards, births, marriages, etc..) please Mul ply Diagnosed Ini a ve/HOPWA Grant Program ; and 7) President of Board. Her public health background and grant wri ng skills forward them to David Morris, PT, PhD at email@example.com. Planning in the Birmingham SMSA; Funded by the Depart. Of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services, AIDS Task Please submit appropriate iden fiers (e.g., maiden names, year of gradForce of Alabama ; 2) Rectory House Project, Funded by HOPWA Compe ve Grant 1997/Mul ply Diagnosed Ini a ve, HRSA/AIDS Task ua on) so that alumni will recognize their classmates. have been par cularly helpful for these causes as evidenced by her involvement in several AIDS‐related grants including: 1) HIV Service
Force of Alabama, and 3) Infec ous Disease Training Needs Assessment of Panel Physicians, Health Consul ng Group, Inc. and Center for Disease Control and Preven on. Sharon’s contribu ons to AIDS Alabama have significantly contributed to its reputa on as one of the most successful advocacy groups for persons with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Further, Sharon serves as an inspira on and service role model to other physical therapy professionals including academicians, clinicians and students. Most recently, Sharon has collaborated with UAB eﬀorts in Zambia and is currently working with the physiotherapy program in Lusaka to strengthen their exis ng baccalaureate program and to implement a new post‐professional master’s program in the area of musculoskeletal dysfunc on. Sharon has both visited the program in Lusaka and been one of the hosts for visi ng faculty. By ac vely engaging the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students, we have been able to send books and mul ple CDs with up‐to‐date websites and other Internet resources to the faculty and students in Lusaka. As can be seen by these examples, Sharon’s acts of professionalism have produced tremendously posi ve outcomes for UAB, the Birmingham Community, the state of Alabama, and the physical therapy profession. While she will be greatly missed, her legacy will con nue in future successes for the Department.
Gossman Lectureship Fundraising Campaign The PT Department has iden fied the Marilyn Gossman Lectureship Program as a priority for alumni fundraising for this year. Established in honor of the late Marilyn Gossman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Chair of the Department of PT from 1968 to 1998, the pro‐ gram will be an annual event. The recipient of the Lectureship Award will be a PT of prominence who, like Marilyn, has had a significantly posi ve influence on the profession at a na onal and/or interna onal level. The Lecturer will come to Birmingham to engage in a variety of ac vi es (including the Annual Lecture) to benefit the Alabama PT community. Dona ons for the lectureship can be made to the Marilyn R. Gossman Memorial Fund (click here) or visit h ps://www.uab.edu/onliegiving/ eGivingSystem.asp?page=1&unitID=6&fundID=501#AnchorFund
Marilyn Gossman, PT, PhD
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Gi s Giving Letter to PT Alumni Below are the gi s opportuni es for the Department of PT.
Alumni Reception August 17, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama (see pg. 13).
Bergman‐Pinkston Professorship in Physical Therapy Marilyn R. Gossman Memorial Fund SHP Physical Therapy Gi s Shirley A. Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship Endowment To donate to the School of Health Professions, click here.
SHP Building Addi on Nears Comple on Since 2001, our student popula on has increased from 1,100 students to more than 1,900. The school's research funding has nearly quadrupled. Programs are spread around mul ple buildings across UAB's campus. Expansion is necessary for current, but more importantly, future growth. To accommodate this growth, two new floors have been added to the School of Health Professions Building (see picture). The fi h and sixth floors now house the Health Services Administra on Program and Dean’s oﬃce respec vely. Also, there are new classrooms and research laboratory space for the Physical Therapy Department on the sixth floor. We are halfway to our building campaign goal of $6 million. Generous people like you have contributed $3 million through pledges to the building campaign, scholarship support and planned giving. We cannot thank our supporters enough by recognizing their gi ’s impact on future genera ons of health care leaders and on the future of health care itself. To get a guided tour of the new building and learn how you can contribute to the building campaign, visit the SHP Building campaign website at h p:// www.uab.edu/shp/campaign/.
PT Chapter of the UAB NAS Karlie L Brantley Diane Clark Jonathan E Delk Lindsey P. Deweese Amanda N. Ducke Michael Lee Eskridge Steven W Forbush Stacey M Gresham, Debra Kay Heitmann Tina Isabella Cheryl K. Jackson Pamela M. Jeﬀries Kendell Jno‐Finn Amanda M Krumrie Amanda L Lane
Deborah C. LeCroy David Morris Melinda S Nixon Jenesis C. Saﬀord Sharon Shaw Patricia T Smith Emily Donohue Speer Katherine M. Stone Jason M Sumsion Terrance T. Wallace Frances Marion Wedge Ethan W White Olive Elizabeth Whitehead Kathryn K. Whi ield Sheree Chapman York
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UAB DPT Clinical Educa on News Clinical educa on p
Clinical educa on allows students the opportuni es to problem solve and cri cally think in the “real world” of Physical Therapy. As a clinical instructor (CI), you can o en observe the results of these cogni ve processes during pa ent care but it is diﬃcult to evaluate how they arrived upon these clinical decisions without asking ques ons. These ques ons can lead to great insight on how students arrive on the decisions they make and allow the CI to evaluate these higher level cogni ve skills and help remediate students if necessary. To do this eﬀec vely, open ended ques ons need to be used by the CI followed by ac ve listening. For example, the CI should ask the student ques ons that don’t have one or two word answers. This is generally done by star ng the ques ons with words like “what” or “why.” Specifically, “Why did you choose this treatment plan for this type of pa ent problem?” or “Why do you think that you should use the special tests that you chose for this pa ent?” or “What do you think would happen if you chose some other evalua ve technique?” As you no ce these ques ons do not allow the student to answer with a simple one or two word answer. You can con nue the conversa on by saying “Tell me more about this technique and the physiology behind this technique.” Using open ended ques ons will allow you, the CI, to hear how the student is making clinical decision and help correct their thinking when not correct. Finally, when ques oning the student make sure that you are doing it in a private environment and lead them to self‐correc on when possible.
Six second year students selected to par cipate in Project TransTeam 2013 Project TransTeam addresses the acute personnel shortages in early interven on/early childhood special educa on (EI/ECSE) par cularly found in Alabama. UAB faculty members have developed an exemplary model of transdisciplinary personnel prepara on to increase the number of early childhood interven onists represen ng mul ple disciplines to serve as eﬀec ve team members in mee ng the needs of young children (birth through eight) with disabili es and their families. Students from Early Childhood Special Educa on, Physical Therapy, and Occupa onal Therapy are involved in this program. Students (DPT Class of 2014) selected were Carlie Powell, Rachel Brown, Ashley Huﬀste ler, Allison Kneipp, Stephanie Moore, and Tiﬀany Moates. They will gain knowledge, skills, and experience in pediatric interven on through team based learning and will also complete clinical educa on experiences in pediatrics for one of their long term clinical aﬃlia ons.
Front row: Ashley Huﬀstutler, Carlie Powell; Tiﬀany Moates. Back row: Stefanie Moore; Allison Kneip; Rachel Brown
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DPT Students Receive Endowed/Named Scholarships Three UAB DPT students have been named as recipients of the department’s endowed/named scholarships. Chris Baker (DPT class of 2014) received the TherapySouth Scholarship. Established in 2011, this scholarship was created for 2nd year DPT students and recipients also have an opportunity to be placed at one of the TherapySouth clinics for a full‐ me clinical experience. Wade Hurston (DPT class of 2015) received the HealthSouth Physical Therapy Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 1990 from an endowment from the HealthSouth Corpora on. Keith Thomas (DPT class of 2013) received the Shirley Shaddeau Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 1996 from a dona on from Sue Shaddeau, sister of beloved UAB PT faculty member Shirley Shaddeau, who passed away in 1995. Congratula ons to all three students.
DPT Student Wins Scholarship to MS Conference
Michael Dubois, DPT student (class of 2014) was selected as recipient of a scholarship from the Consor um of Mul ple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC). The Scholarship covered costs to a end the CMSC Conference held in Orlando, FL from May 29‐June 1. The conference focused on interdisciplinary approaches to managing MS. New studies were presented on rehabilita on techniques, such as aqua c therapy, and se ngs tailored to individuals who have MS.
Programming also emphasized the importance of con nuing educa on and research.
DPT Students and Faculty win First Place in Triathalon Becca Bernheim (swimmer), Drew Snipes (cyclist) and Josh Smith (runner), all UAB DPT students (class of 2015) won 1st place for the co‐ed relay team field at the Buster Bri on triathlon in Birmingham on Saturday, June 8. They won with a me of 1:08:04 (400+ yd swim, 13 mile HILLY bike, 5K HILLY run). Also placing 1st Place in the Female Master’s Division was Department of PT Faculty Member Jennifer Christy, PT, PhD with a me of 1:13:05. Both the DPT Student team and Dr. Christy were sponsored by EW Mo on Therapy (Formerly Eskridge and White Physiotherapy).
Dr. Christy in the lead
Le : Drew Snipes; Middle: Becca Bernheim Right: Josh Smith
Class of 2015 Begins Course of Study In January of 2013, the UAB Department of Physical Therapy enrolled 50 new DPT students. They are pictured here at a recent induc on ceremony held in their honor. The students and their hometowns are:
Cynthia Aikens ‐Mobile, AL Laura Lee Aune ‐ Huntsville, AL Alison Barnes ‐ Starkville, MS Drew Beesecker ‐ Paducah, KY Becca Bernheim ‐ Gulfport, MS Brandon Bunch ‐ Fort Walton Beach, FL Ashley Cancer ‐ Oxford, MS Mary Chancey ‐ Tuscaloosa, AL Rebecca Corbman ‐ Wetumpka, AL Alisa Courtney ‐ Huntsville, AL Carol Creel ‐ Pelham, AL William DeBell ‐ Tuscaloosa, AL
Lindsay Doctson ‐ Montgomery, AL Rebekah Dodd ‐ Birmingham, AL Crystal Du on ‐ Cullman, AL Dominique Forte ‐ Eufaula, AL Emily Galloway ‐ Enterprise, AL Frederick Gilbert ‐ Homewood, AL Lauren Hammond ‐ Slidell, LA Corine Hancock ‐ Sec on, AL Lindsay Hazel ‐ New Orleans, LA Ma hew Homan ‐ Johns Creek, GA Wade Hurston ‐ Montgomery, AL Rebecca Kimrey ‐ Huntsville, AL
Kirsten Langley ‐ Pensacola, FL Taylor Lindsey ‐ Birmingham, AL Melanie Lipford ‐ Mobile, AL Sabrina Mangieri ‐ Madison, AL James McKee ‐ Madison, AL Kent Myer ‐ Jackson, AL Christopher Newton ‐ Auburn, AL Anthony Nguyen ‐ New Orleans, LA Reondra Palmer ‐ Clayton, AL Taylor Phillips ‐ Birmingham, AL David Ringers ‐ Elberta, AL Hannah Sanders ‐ Vestavia, AL
Elizabeth Sanford ‐ Starkville, MS Dhara Shah ‐ Dothan, AL Alyssa Shedlarski ‐ Hoover, AL Helen Smith ‐ Hoover, AL Joshua Smith ‐ Birmingham, AL Drew Snipes ‐ Brent, AL Katlin Snow ‐ Tuscaloosa, AL Katelyn Tribble ‐ Springville, AL Kris na Vaughn ‐ Madison, AL Chris an Vick ‐ Sylacauga, AL Angela Watson ‐ Montgomery, AL Molly Whitson ‐ Tuscaloosa, AL Michelle Wright ‐ Fairhope, AL
UAB DPT Faculty and Students Provide Pro‐bono Services Since November 2012, Dr. Diane Clark and a group of UAB DPT students have worked with the medical student leadership and UAB risk management to organize a framework from which physical therapy students could par cipate in pro bono delivery of services. The project was ini ated by students in the UAB DPT Program who voiced an interest in par cipa ng with the medical students in Equal Access Birmingham and M‐Power, pro‐bono clinics that oﬀer free medical services to those underserved. Clark stated that she was “thrilled to learn of their interest to engage in this ac vity and inspired by their desire to extend PT services to the underserved.” Clark and volunteer DPT students visit the Church of the Reconciler clinic, in downtown Birmingham, one Sunday/month. Second and third year UAB DPT students are working with the UAB medical students to screen individuals and provide services for the clients as indicated. These students are also serving as mentors to 1st year PT students who will take over the ac vi es in the future. In addi on to the Sunday clinics, the group also helps conduct community health fairs. Physical therapy students screen individuals for overweight and obesity, loss of protec ve sensa on when blood glucose levels are high and general physical ac vity levels. Response has been enthusias c from all those involved.
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Faculty Updates UAB DEPARTMENT OF PT FACULTY (2013)
Pictured L/R on top row David Brown, PT, Ph.D., 2012, Professor and Program Director for PhD in Rehabilita on Science; Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, 2007, Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director; David M. Morris, PT, Ph.D., 1991, Associate Professor, Vice‐Chair; Donald Lein, Jr., PT, Ph.D., 2010, Assistant Professor; Pa y Perez, PT, DScPT, 2000, Assistant Professor; Cecilia L Graham, PT, Ph.D., 2002, Associate Professor; William K. Ogard, PT, Ph.D., 1996, Assistant Professor. Pictured L/R on bo om row Patrice Murphy, MS, PCS, 1977, Assistant Professor; John McCarthy, PT, Ph.D., 2001, Associate Professor; Jennifer Braswell Christy, PT, Ph.D., 2002, Associate Professor; John D. Lowman, PT, Ph.D., 2005, Assistant Professor; Ma hew P. Ford, PT, Ph.D., 2001, Associate Professor; Sharon E. Shaw, PT, DrPH, 1985, Associate Professor and Chair; C. Sco Bickel, PT, Ph.D., 2006, Associate Professor. Not pictured Cali Fidopias s, Ph.D., 2009, Assistant Professor; Tapan Mehta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor.
McCarthy Accepts Faculty Posi on at Carroll University Dr. John McCarthy, PT, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA, FASCM, Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, recently announced that he will be leaving UAB and joining the Physical Therapy faculty at Carroll University in Waukeska, WI. He will begin his new posi on in September. Dr. McCarthy joined the UAB PT faculty in 2002 and has taught in the entry‐level MS and DPT programs, the Doctor of Science in PT program, PhD in Rehabilita on Sciences Program, and Health Focused Pa ent/Client Management for Physical and Occupa onal Therapists. He has also served as Scien st in the UAB Center for Aging and Center for Exercise Medicine. He has been a Cer fied Strength and Condi oning Specialist since 1990 (with Dis nc on since 2003) and was named Fellow for the Na onal Strength and Condi oning Associa on and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. McCarthy stated that “I am saddened by leaving such a wonderful Department, School, and University and hav‐ ing to leave the many wonderful friendships that I have developed working here.” We thank Dr. McCarthy for his many contribu ons to UAB and wish him great success in his new posi on.
John McCarthy, PhD
Faculty Updates cont. Graham Elected to Na onal APTA Commi ee Cecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., the Bergman‐Pinkston Endowed Professor and associate professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, has been elected to the American Physical Therapy Associa on (APTA) nomina ng commi ee. She is one of five physical therapists in the U.S. serving on the commi ee. "The nomina ng commi ee plays a cri cal role in iden fying and fostering leaders of our associa on,” said
Cecilia Graham, PhD
Graham. “I am honored to be elected to this posi on and it is a privilege to be charged with this responsibility." The APTA represents more than 85,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. Graham, who is cer ficate coordinator for the School of Health Professions' Health Focused Pa ent/Client Management for Physical and Occupa onal Therapists program, was one of only two elected at this week’s annual APTA Conference and Exposi on. She will serve a three year term beginning Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The nomina ng commi ee is responsible for promo ng leadership development and recrui ng qualified candidates for APTA na onal leadership posi ons. The APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist prac ce, educa on, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the na on's health care system.
Alumni Reception August 17, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama (see pg. 13).
Bickel Named Associate Director for UAB Center Sco Bickel, PT, PhD, FACSM was named Associate Director for the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine. The UAB Center for Exercise Medicine was established by the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama on February 4, 2011. The center’s vision was to cul vate an environment that establishes UAB as the na on’s leader in exercise medicine research and educa on. UAB is among the first of major academic medical centers to establish such a center. The work of the Center is focused on improving the health and well‐being of children and adults of all ages through interdisciplinary research, the training of future leaders in science and healthcare, and community educa on based on clinical research findings.
C. Sco Bickel, PhD
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Faculty Updates cont. Department Publica ons (2013) Clark D. Preface: Time to Break Through Health Literacy Barriers. Topics Ger Rehabil. 2013;(29)2:77‐78.
Clark DE, Lowman JD, Griﬃn RL, Ma hews HM, Reiﬀ DA. Eﬀec veness of an early mobiliza on protocol in a trauma and burns intensive care unit: a retrospec ve cohort study. Phys Ther. 2013; 93:186‐196.
Duncan RP, Leddy AL, Cavanaugh JT, Dibble LE, Ellis TD, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Earhart GM. Compara ve u lity of the BESTest, mini‐BESTest, and brief‐BESTest for predic ng falls in individuals with Parkinson disease: a cohort study. Phys Ther. 2013; 93:542‐550.
Ellis T, Boudreau JK, DeAngelis TR, Brown LE, Cavanaugh JT, Earhart GM, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Dibble LE.Barriers to exercise in people with Parkinson disease. Phys Ther. 2013; 93:628‐636.
Fisher G, McCarthy JP, Zuckerman PA, Bryan DR, Bickel CS, Hunter GH. Frequency of combined aerobic and resistance training in older women. J Strength and Cond Res. 2013, 27: 1868‐1876.
Hunter GH, Bickel CS, Fisher G, Neumeier WH, McCarthy JP. Combined aerobic and strength training energy expenditure in older women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013; 45:1386‐1393.
Liang JN, Brown DA. Impaired foot‐force direc on regula on during postural loaded locomo on in individuals post‐stroke. J Neurophysiol. 2013. [Epub ahead of print]
Nemanich ST, Duncan RP, Dibble LE, Cavanaugh JT, Ellis TD, Ford MP, Foreman KB, Earhart GM. Predictors of gait speeds and the rela onship of gait speeds to falls in men and women with Parkinson disease. Parkinsons Dis. 2013; 2013: 141720.
Pearce T, Clark D. Strategies to Address Low Health Literacy in the Older Adult. Topics Ger Rehabil. 2013;29(2):98‐106.
Stephens JL, Lowman JD, Graham CL, Morris DM, Kohler CL, Waugh JB. Improving the validity and reliability of a health promo on survey for physical therapists. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2013; 24:14‐23.
Taub E, Uswa e G, Mark VW, Morris DM, Barman J, Bowman MH, Bryson C, Delgado A, Bishop‐McKay S. Method for enhancing real‐world use of more aﬀected arm in chronic stroke: transfer package of constraint‐induced movement therapy. Stroke. 2013; 44:1383‐1388.
Taub E, Uswa e G, Bowman M, Mark VW, Delgado A, Bryson C, Morris DM, Bishop‐McKay S. CI Therapy combined with conven onal neurorehabilita on techniques in chronic stroke pa ents with plegic hands: a case series. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013;94: 86‐ 94.
White L, Ford MP, Brown CJ, Peel C, Triebel KL. Facilita on the use of implicit memory and learning in physical therapy management of individuals with Alheimer disease: a case series. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2013 [Epub ahead of print]
Yarar‐Fisher C, Bickel CS, Windham ST, McLain AB, Bamman MM. Skeletal muscle signaling associated with impaired glucose tolerance in spinal cord‐injured men and the eﬀects of contrac le ac vity. J Appl Physiol. 2013 [Epub ahead of print]
Faculty Updates cont. Mehta Joins UAB Department of Physical Therapy Faculty Tapan Mehta, PhD joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Physical Therapy Faculty this Summer. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and an associate scien st with the Nutri on Obesity Research Center. He will direct and lead the sta s cal analysis and design of the UAB/ Lakeshore Research collabora ve in the area of disability and rehabilita on sciences. Dr. Mehta’s interests lie in aggrega ng and integra ng silos of genomic, epidemiological and administra ve data, to inves gate
Tapan Mehta, PhD
interes ng scien fic ques ons, through novel applica ons of sta s cal methods and compu ng pla orms. He is especially interested in pursuing scien fic inquiry in topics related to obesity, longevity, disability, and health policy and interven ons. Dr. Mehta completed his doctoral degree in Biosta s cs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2013 under the mentorship of Dr. David B. Allison. His disserta on involved evalua ng methodological and empirical issues in evalua ng the apparent decline in obesity‐mortality associa on over calendar me. He has worked as a full‐ me compu ng professional, biosta s cian and data scien st at the UAB School of Public Health, for 8+ years. During this me, he has led and collaborated in a variety of health‐related analy c projects including obesity‐related epidemiological studies and a variety of genomic projects. His responsibili es included managing and conduc ng data analyses and methodology development projects, provide sound high performance compu ng and so ware engineering support, and author manuscripts as well as grant progress reports. Dr. Mehta also has a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (2004) from the UAB with a specializa on in so ware engineering and data mining. His thesis topic was about evalua ng the stability of clustering algorithms when applied to high dimensional microarray data. Welcome to Dr. Mehta.
The PT class of 1974 is planning a 40th year class reunion in 2014. For more informa on please contact Ron Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni News Andrew Wolverton (DPT Class of 2011) and his wife Trista welcomed a new baby boy, Wesley Andrew on April 11, 2013. Karlie Lewis Brantley (DPT class of 2008) and Dorothy Mandel Powell (DPT class of 2009) completed requirements for the Specialist Cer fica on in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Sara Bradman Narbecki (MS,PT class of 1985) completed requirements for the Specialist Cer fica on in Pediatric Physical Therapy. All three will be recognized in the Specialist Cer fica on Ceremonies at Combined Sec ons Mee ng in Las Vegas in 2014. Chantel Jones and Kenny Jno‐Finn (both DPT Class of 2007) recently announced their marriage engagement. Robin and Brian Riddle (both DPT Class of 2007) welcomed their second child, Ethan Wya Riddle on August 2, 2013. Doherty Colgin Riebessel (DPT class of 2009) and her husband Ryan welcomed a new baby girl, Avery Elizabeth Riebessel on May 18, 2013.
Physical Therapy Alumni News
Alumni News cont. Wilson, UAB PT Alumni Chapter President ,Takes on Exci ng New Job Jenny Wilson, PT, DPT (UAB Class of 2008) has recently accepted an interna onal job oﬀer in Beijing, China. Star ng this Fall, Dr. Wilson will be the Therapist Supervisor at Beijing United Family Rehabilita on Hospital, "the pioneer of interna onal‐standard rehabilita on services in China." The posi on is a combina on of clinical and administra ve du es and will include suppor ng the Therapist Director in the development of protocols, workflows, and guidelines for therapy, teaching and training therapists, and par cipa ng in community & public health educa on events. Wilson stated that “I am very excited about this opportunity
Jenny Wilson, PT, DPT
to use my training and skills to be a part of the development of rehabilita on services in China!” We are proud of Dr. Wilson and her philanthropic spirit and wish her the best of luck in this new and exci ng posi on. We also wish to thank her for serving as PT Alumni Chapter President for the past two years.
Delk Named as New UAB PT Alumni President Jon graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He was a four year member of the ECU Football staﬀ as a coach’s assistant from 1993‐1997. From there Jon went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he received a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1999. He has been with EW Mo on Therapy (formerly Eskridge & White
Jon Delk, PT, MS
Physiotherapy) since 2001 and is the Clinic Director. Jon co‐founded EW Fit (formerly PhysioFitness), a fitness/personal training/wellness company within EW, in 2005. His clinical special es include the IMAP system of manual therapy, func onal exercise applica on and post‐opera ve rehabilita on in athletes. Jon has had the opportunity to work with several collegiate and semiprofessional athletes throughout his career. He enjoys func onal training, mountain biking, playing flag football and spending me with his wife and 3 children. Jon and his family live in Homewood, Alabama.
Online Health Focused Pa ent/Client Management Course Available this Fall
PT and OT professionals can learn from UAB experts about how to integrate concepts of physical ac vity/fitness, nutri on, and weight management into everyday prac ce and design clinical and community programs in these areas. Issues addressed include screening, best prac ces for PT and OT interven ons, pa ent educa on resources, and consulta on/referral sources to op mize health outcomes. Oﬀered this fall, PTC 782: Health Focused Pa ent/Client Management I (3 credits) can be taken as a stand‐alone course for con nuing educa on purposes* or as the first step toward comple ng the new Graduate Cer ficate in Health Focused Pa ent/Client Management for Physical and Occupa onal Therapists at UAB. Registra on deadline for non‐degree seeking students is August 16th. For more informa on, please contact Cecilia Graham at email@example.com or 205‐934‐5949 or visit the cer ficate program website at h p:// www.uab.edu/ptotcert. *Many licensure boards accept formal academic coursework as required con nuing educa on hours. Please check with your licensure board to confirm the policies in your state.
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Alumni a end UAB PT Alumni Recep on at APTA Combined Sec ons Mee ng in San Diego, Calif., February 2013
Lois Headman; Frances Wedge; Carolyn Kelly; Cecilia Graham; Anna de Joya; Michelle Gu errez and Diane Clark
Toshio Sidney‐Ando and Jennifer Christy
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Cathy Henderson; Lisa Lein and Helen Ma hews
John Lowman; Adam Kno and Kenny Jno‐Finn