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Research Team

Over the years Lakeshore has worked on numerous studies with researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). So when Lakeshore began discussions on expansion in the research area, it made perfect sense to approach UAB about creating a more formal relationship.

In the fall of 2009, a first of its kind collaboration between a major academic research university and a nonprofit organization serving individuals with physical disabilities was formed with one simple goal in mind, making people’s lives better. Today the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, a joint effort between Lakeshore and UAB’s School of Health Professions, has become a world-class research program in rehabilitative science. The collaborative links Lakeshore’s programs with UAB’s research expertise. In December 2011, Dr. James Rimmer was named the head of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

Dr. James Rimmer was recruited from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. An internationally known researcher in rehabilitation sciences, Rimmer has been developing and directing physical activity and health promotion programs for people with disabilities for over 30 years. He has published more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on various topics related to physical activity, health promotion, secondary conditions and disability. Rimmer directs two federally funded centers, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability(NCHPAD), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (RecTech).

He strongly believes that people with disabilities or chronic conditions can and should have health and wellness and says, “Being physically active is good for every body.” This is the slogan on the website for NCHPAD which Rimmer heads with Associate Director Amy Rauworth.

Ms. Rauworth joined Lakeshore Foundation in 2012 as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs. Currently, she is Lakeshore’s Chief of Development & Strategic Partnerships and works within the University of Alabama Birmingham/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative, where she is the Associate Director of NCHPAD.

Director of Research
James H. Rimmer, PhD

Administrative Assistant
Brittany Elkins

Financial Management
Angela Grant
Lisa Perez

Scientific Coordinator
Hui-Ju (Zoe) Young, PhD

Project Coordinators
Alex Yates (DRRP, M2M)
Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan (RecTech)
Emily Pounds (TEAMS)
Jereme Wilroy, PhD (SUPERHEALTH)
Amanda Jeter (MENTOR)

Data Analytics Core
Tapan Mehta, PhD
John Franks
Josh Fontaine

Information and Communication Technology Core
Mohanraj Thirumalai, PhD
Jeremy Quick

Research Assistants
Avery Vitemb
Madi Currie
Aly Pineda

Recruitment Core
Lori Theriot

Exercise Sport Science Core
Brandon Kane
Kelsey Miller

Dance Consultants
Diane Rimmer
Tara Fasshauer
Beth Nuttall