Lydia A. Thurston
Associate Professor
School of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy
Office: 2153 CHS Building 2
Phone: 205-726-4437

Dr. Lydia A. Thurston serves as associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy.  She attended University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 and her Doctorate of Science Degree in 2007. She has been a certified athletic trainer since 2003. Thurston has over a decade of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic sports physical therapy and inpatient acute care pediatric practices, with specialized training in women’s health and burn rehabilitation. She has publications in the areas of orthopedics, pelvic health, interprofessional practice & education, and health behavior. Thurston lives in Birmingham with her husband, Michael and their two children.

Degrees and Certifications

  • D.Sc., physical therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.A., physical therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S., exercise science, Auburn University
  • Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer


  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Integumentary System
  • Clinical Decision Models

Research Topics

  • Functional Outcomes
  • Health Behavior
  • Interprofessional Practice and Education


  • American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health & Education Sections
  • BirthWell Partners Community Doula Project, Board of Directors
  • Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers, Board of Directors
  • National Academies of Practice
  • Service Guild of Birmingham