Christopher Eidson, MS, OTR/L
Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1530 3rd Avenue S
Birmingham, AL 35294-1212
Email: Chris Eidson
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1999
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Auburn University, 1994
joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor and the Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education in October of 2006. His teaching responsibilities include the Fieldwork Seminar series I, II, III, Therapeutic Skills, Enhancement of Occupation (physical dysfunction), and co-teaching of Neuroscience I and II.
In addition to his responsibilities at the Department of Occupational Therapy, Chris maintains 20 percent effort as the therapy team leader at Civitan - Sparks Clinics, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities http://circ-uab.infomedia.com/index2.asp
His duties there include managerial oversight of, and direct service provision in, an outpatient clinic that primarily serves children with developmental disabilities, and their families. Chris is also an Early Intervention provider through Civitan - Sparks Clinics, and is the Principle Investigator of a contract for direct therapy services with the W. D. Partlow Developmental Center/Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Prior to working as an occupational therapist, Chris worked as both a job coach and a life skills trainer for adults with multi-sensory impairments. His graduate research project was a qualitative study that examined the opinions of wheelchair users with developmental disabilities regarding manual wheelchair design. He has worked as an occupational therapist since 1999 in settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient hand therapy, orthopedic acute care, outpatient surgery, and community-based practice. He has served as a consultant to an industrial design firm regarding ergonomic attributes of various commercial products. He is the Central District Co-Chair and the Website Chair of the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association. He is a member of the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association (ALOTA), and is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).