Andrew J. Butler, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Health Professions

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Andrew became the 5th dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions on July 1, 2019. The school has nearly 50 offerings at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels, and is home to more than 35 programs.

He has previously served as Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, and Associate Dean for Research at Georgia State University, where he led several initiatives aimed at improving faculty research and scholarly activity and student licensure pass rates. He is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), its highest honor and a fellow of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) and serves on the board of directors of ASAHP. Dr. Butler is professor in the department of physical therapy at UAB. He is trained as a neuroscientist and physical therapist and has published extensively in scientific journals in areas related to neuroplastic and functional recovery following stroke. He has served as PI or Co-PI on several grants awarded through the National Institutes of Health and Veterans Health Administration. Nationally, Dr. Butler is on the board of directors of the Consortium of Research-Intensive Schools of Health Professions (CRISHP); where he serves as secretary. He is past treasurer of the Alpha Eta Society, the national honor society of Schools of Allied Health. He serves on review panels for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Wellcome Trust. He is a current member of the APTA, the Society for International Business Fellows (SIBF), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Stroke Association. He earned his doctorate in Applied Physiology at the University of Iowa, MSPT from TWU Institute of Health Sciences and MBA from Emory University, Goizueta School of Business.