- BS, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1983 (Physical Therapy)
- MS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1990 (Physical Therapy Education)
- PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004 (Health Education/Health Promotion)
Course Instruction: Clinical Arts, Examination, Evaluation and Intervention related to Adults with Neuromuscular Dysfunctions, Health Promotion, Patient Education
Interests: Clinical education approaches; clinical outcomes assessment of aquatic physical therapy; aquatic physical therapy content in physical therapy curricula; health promotion approaches in movement science;Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
Research: Stroke Rehabilitation: Constraint induced movement therapy (forced use), Aquatic Rehabilitation.
Other: President, Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association; Co-Director, UAB Training for CI therapy
Publications - Peer Reviewed
Morris DM. Aquatic rehabilitation for the treatment of neurological disorders. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation; 1994; 4 (4): 297-308.
Morris DM, Irion J, Charness A. Aquatic physical therapy as a procedure. In: Cirullo J, ed. Aquatic Physical Therapy: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Co; 1994; 3(2): 231-249.
Morris DM, Crago JE, DeLuca SC, Pidikiti RD, Taub E. Constraint-induced movement therapy for motor recovery after stroke. NeuroRehabilitation; 1997; 9:29-43., Crago JE, DeLuca SC, Pidikiti RD, Taub E. Constraint-induced movement
Vogtle LK, Morris DM, Denton BG. An Aquatic Program for Adults with Cerebral Palsy Living in Group Homes. Physical Therapy Case Reports; 1998; 1(5):250-259.
Gahimer JE, Morris DM. Community Health Education: Evolving Opportunities for Physical Therapists. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 1999; 13(3):38-48.
Morris DM, Taub E. The Constraint-Induced therapy approach to restoring function after neurological injury. Topics in Stroke Rehabil. 2001; 8:16-30.
Taub E, Morris DM. Constraint-induced movement therapy to enhance recovery after stroke. Current Arthlerosclerosis Report. 2001; 3:279-286.
Morris DM, Uswatte G, Crago JE, Cook EW, Taub E. The reliability of the Wolf Motor Function Test for assessing upper extremity function after stroke. Arch Phys Med and Rehab. 2001;82:750-755.
Taub E, Uswatte G, Morris DM. Improved Motor Recovery after Stroke and Massive Cortical Reorganization Following Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy. In Harvey, RL ed. Motor Recovery After Stroke: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. WB. Saunders Co: Philadelphia, PA; 2003.
Winstein CJ, Miller JP, Blanton S, Morris DM, Uswatte G, Taub E, Nichols D, Wolf S. Methods for a multi-site randomized trial to investigate the effect of constraint-induced movement therapy in improving upper extremity function among adults recovering from a cerebrovascular stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair, 2003;17:137-152.
Wolf SL, Thompson PA, Morris DM, Rose DK, Winstein CJ, Taub E, Giuliani C, Pearson S. The EXCITE Trial: Attributes of the Wolf Motor Function Test in patients with subacute stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2005;19:194-205.
Uswatte G, Taub E, Morris DM, Vignolo M, McCulloch K. Reliability and validity of the upper-extremity motor activity log-14 for measuring real-world arm use. Stroke 2005;36:2493-2496.
Shaw SE, Morris DM, Uswatte G, McKay S, Meythaler JM, Taub E. Constraint-induced movement therapy for recovery of upper-limb function following traumatic brain injury. J Rehabil Res Dev 2005; 42: 769-778.
Taub E, Uswatte G, King DK, Morris DM, Crago JE, Chaterjee A. A placebo controlled trial of constraint induced movement therapy for upper extremity after stroke. Stroke. 2006; 37: 1045-1049.
Sherer CL, Morris DM, Graham C, White L. Competency-based early clinical education experiences for physical therapy students. JAHSP 2006; 4:1-4.
Wolf SL, Winstein CJ, Miller JP, Taub E, Uswatte G, Morris D, Giuliani C, Light KE, Nichols-Larsen D. Effect of constraint-induced movement therapy on upper extremity function 3 to 9 months after stroke: the EXCITE randomized clinical trial. JAMA, 2006;296: 2095-2104.
Blanton S, Morris DM, Prettyman MG, McCulloch K, Redmond S, Light KE, Wolf SL. Lessons learned in participant recruitment and retention: the EXCITE Trial. Phys Ther 2006;86:1520-1533.
Bowman MH, Taub E, Uswatte G, Delgado A, Bryson C, Morris DM, McKay S, Mark VM. A treatment for a chronic stroke patient with a plegic hand combining CI therapy with conventional rehabilitation procedures: Case report. NeuroRehabilitation 2006;21: 167-176.
Morris DM, Shaw SE, Mark VW, Uswatte G, Barman J, Taub E. The influence of neuropsychological characteristics on the use of CI therapy with persons with traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation 2006; 21:131-137.
Morris DM, Taub E, Mark VW. Constraint-induced movement therapy: characterizing the intervention protocol. Europa Medicophysica 2006; 42:257-268.
Mark VW, Taub E, Morris DM. Neuralplasticity and constraint-induced movement therapy. Europa Medicophysica 2006; 42:269-284.
Taub E, Uswatte G, Mark VW, Morris DM. The learned nonuse phenomenon: Implications for rehabilitation. Europa Medicophysica 2006; 42:241-255.
Uswatte G, Taub E, Morris D M, Barman J, Crago, J. Contribution of the shaping and restraint components of Constraint-Induced Movement therapy to treatment outcome. NeuroRehabilitation, 2006; 21:147-156.
Uswatte G, Taub E, Morris D, Light K, Thompson P. The Motor Activity Log-28: assessing daily use of the hemiparetic arm after stroke. Neurology 2006; 67: 1189-1194.
Morris DM. Aquatic Rehabilitation of the Neurologically Impaired Client. In Ruoti, RG, Morris, DM, Cole, AJ, eds. Aquatic Rehabilitation. Lippincott: Philadelphia, PA; 1997.
Morris DM. Aquatic Rehabilitation for the Treatment of Neurological Disorders. In Becker, BE, Cole, AJ, eds. Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy. Butterworth Heinemann: Boston, MA; 1997.
Gahimer J, Morris DM. Community Health Education: Evolving Opportunities for Physical Therapists. In Shephard, KF, Jensen, GM, eds. Handbook of Teaching for Physical Therapists. Butterworth Heinemann: Boston, MA; 2002.
Morris DM. Aquatic Rehabilitation for the Treatment of Neurological Disorders. In Becker BE, Cole AJ, eds. Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy (2nd ed). Butterworth Heinemann: Boston,MA; 2004.
Morris DM. Taub E. The Use of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy) to Promote Motor Recovery Following Stroke. In Stuss DT, Wincour, Robertson eds. Cognitive Rehabilitation (2nd ed). Cambridge University Press, In press.
Morris DM. Bickel CS. Activity-Based Therapies for Neurorehabilitation. In Neurorehabilitation, Guilford Press: New York, NY; in press.