Our Collaborators

Lakeshore Foundation’s research staff works closely with various partners including a group of research associates who serve as a resource in their particular areas of expertise. Together, the staff and associates comprising this multi-disciplinary research team, have conducted numerous research projects, published peer-reviewed journal articles, and presented at national and international conferences. As a whole, this group aims to support the mission of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative and to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through scientific inquiry.


James Rimmer, PhD

  • Director of Research and Education, Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dustin A. Dew, MA

  • UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative Manager

Casey Herman, MS

  • Program Manager, Lakeshore Foundation

Angela Grant

  • Business Manager

Stephanie Ward

  • Office Service Specialist II

Jereme Wilroy, PhD

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher
  • Project Coordinator

Whitney Neal

  • Recruitment Coordinator

Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan, MS

  • Project Coordinator, Rectech, UAB

Brandon Kane, MS

  • Exercise and Sport Science Lab Coordinator

Justin McCroskey, MS

  • Research Assistant/Exercise Physiologist

Lori Theriot

  • Recruitment Coordinator, Lakeshore Foundation

Alex Yates, MS

  • Research Assistant

William Neumeier

  • Project Coordinator, POWERS for ID

Ashley Sineath, MPH

  • Project Coordinator, POWERS

Jules Connoly

  • Nutritionist, POWERS

Mohan Thirumalai, PhD

  • Information Commination Technology, UAB

Kerri Vanderbom, PhD

  • Research Professor, School of Health Professions
  • Project Coordinator, DRRP II, UAB

Hui-Ju (Zoe) Young, PhD

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher

Tapan Mehta

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Biostatistician
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Brooks Wingo, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Barbara Gower, PhD

  • Professor, Associate Scientist
  • Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Laura E. Dreer, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Opthalmology
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Laura K. Vogtle, PhD, OTR, ATP

  • Professor, Director of Post Professional Program, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

David Brown, PhD

  • Program Director, Professor, Rehabilitation Science
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kevin Fontaine, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Health Behavior
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alan W. Eberhardt, PhD

  • Associate Dean, School of Engineering; Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lloyd Cooper, IDSA

  • Principal Designer
  • PUSH Product Design

Dan Ding

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
  • University of Pittsburgh

Peter Axelson

  • Founder and Director of Research and Development
  • Beneficial Designs, Inc.

Seanna Kringen

  • Research Associate
  • Beneficial Designs