Physical Therapy

Academic Department

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Camille Bryson, Administrator

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    Christopher Hurt, Co-Director

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    David Morris, Department Chairperson

    David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has taught in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science degree programs. Morris earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a MS in physical therapy education and a PhD in health education/promotion from the University of Alabam...

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    Jennifer Christy, Program Director

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    John Lowman Jr., Acting Director

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    Lisa Lein, Administrator

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    William Reed, Co-Director

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    William Thompson, Program Director/ PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Program

  • Faculty Position

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    Ashley Parish, Assistant Professor (P)

    Ashley Parish is an ABPTS Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy with over a decade of experience in the intensive care unit setting. She obtained both her Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Therapy and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UAB. She is currently enrolled in the PhD Health Behavior program in the School of Public Health at UAB. Her passion is intensive care unit based services for the cardiovascular and pulmonary pediatric populatio...

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    Brian King, Instructor - Clinical (P)

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    Camille Bryson, Instructor - Clinical (P)

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    Cara Bullard, Assistant Professor (P)

    Cara Bullard, PT, DPT is an assistant professor and serves as the Chair of the Admissions Committee at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Department of Physical Therapy. She obtained both her Bachelor's of Health and Rehabilitation Science & Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bullard's professional experience includes traveling PT, Rehabilitation Director for two healthcare systems, PTA program adjunct faculty, and over a decade of clinical experien...

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    Carmen Capo-Lugo, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Capo-Lugo's research focuses on identifying and optimizing processes of care associated with rehabilitation in order to promote long-term patient recovery. Specifically, Dr. Capo-Lugo is interested in developing patient-centered approaches to rehabilitation that provide continuity of care between acute rehabilitation and long-term community recovery for individuals with acquired neurological disabilities. Throughout her career, Dr. Capó-Lugo has focused her research endeavors on individuals...

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    Christopher Hurt, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Danna King, Instructor - Clinical (P)

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    David Brown, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    David Morris, Professor (P)

    David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has taught in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science degree programs. Morris earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a MS in physical therapy education and a PhD in health education/promotion from the University of Alabam...

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    Diane Clark, Associate Professor - Emeritus (P)

    My career has spanned 39 years as a physical therapist clinician, hospital rehabilitation administrative director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Director and associate professor. I currently am a PT Panel Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. At UAB, I continue to teach professional practice and integumentary examination and management. I serve as the faculty liaison and clinician for three pro bono clinics within the UAB system: Equal Access Bi...

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    Donald Lein Jr, Associate Professor (P)

    Donald H. Lein Jr., PT, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Director of Continuing Education and Community Outreach in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He continues to practice part time in the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center at the Kirklin Clinic. His research interests include developing and implementing physical therapy interventions to improve the care of individuals with osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures, e...

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    Elizabeth Wylie, Instructor - Adjunct (P)

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    Fnu Harshvardhan, Assistant Professor (P)

    I am actively involved in developing and implementing novel clinically feasible methods to address the problem of aging-associated osteoporosis, osteoporosis-related fractures and sarcopenia in various populations with low exercise tolerance. As a musculoskeletal scientist, my previous work has led to understanding of the functional and structural characteristics of musculoskeletal system in different types of population such as older adults with osteoporosis, individuals with spinal cord injury...

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    Hui-Ju Young, Assistant Professor - Research (P)

    Dr. Young's research interests are developed from her works in both research and practical settings. Initially, her research focused on studying arterial health in individuals with chronic health conditions using ultrasound. In addition, she established and taught a wellness program for individuals with disabilities, where she trained pre-healthcare students as wellness coaches for the participants. Through these experiences, she learned that many people with disabilities could not undergo ima...

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    Jennifer Christy, Associate Professor (P)

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    Joan Bergman, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    John Lowman Jr., Associate Professor (P)

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    Lisa Lein, Instructor - Clinical (P)

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    Patricia Perez, Associate Professor (P)

    Patricia L. Perez, PT, DScPT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the university of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Perez earned as BS in physical Therapy form the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a post-professional Master of Science in Physical therapy with a musculoskeletal concentration and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy b...

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    Sheree York, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Tara Pearce, Associate Professor (P)

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    William Reed, Associate Professor (P)

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    William Thompson, Associate Professor and Program Director (P)

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Ceren Yarar, Assistant Professor (S)

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    Gitendra Uswatte, Professor (S)

    Dr. Uswatte’s research has been funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, James S. McDonnell Foundation, American Heart Association, and Positive Psychology Network. He received the Mitchell Rosenthal Early Career Research Award from the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008, was elected President of that division in 2013, and received the Ro...

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Jennifer Wilson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2021 -

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