Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
506 Spain Rehabilitation Center
1717 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 25233
Office Phone: (205) 996-0569
Dr. Yarar-Fisher received her B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Baskent University in Turkey and her PhD in Neuromechanics at Auburn University. As a doctoral fellow at Neuromechanics Research Laboratory, she carried out research projects investigating effects of various exercise, rehabilitation and massage interventions on sensorimotor and cardiovascular systems in individuals with and without spinal cord injury (SCI).
Following her PhD, she joined the UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center in the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology as an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow. She worked under the primary mentorship of Dr. Marcas Bamman in the Core Muscle Research Laboratory where she carried out research projects investigating the effects neuromuscular electrical stimulation and high protein diet on skeletal muscle biology and metabolic health in individuals with chronic SCI.
Dr. Yarar-Fisher joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2015. Her long-term research goal is to improve lives of those with SCI through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research. She is the director of rehabilitation medicine laboratory.
Her notable awards include NIDDR Mary Switzer Research Fellowship (post-doctoral award) and NIH KL2 Scholar Award in Clinical and Translational Science (Mentored Career Development Award). She currently serves as Treasurer in American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) SCI-Special Interest Group and is a member of ACRM SCI Aging and Secondary Health Complications Task Force.
PhD, Auburn University
BS, Baskent University, Turkey
- Developing optimal rehabilitation and diet interventions to improve neuro-recovery and metabolic health in individuals with spinal cord injury
- Translating findings from clinical trials to practice settings and communities, where these findings can improve the health of individuals with spinal cord injury as well as other disabilities.
- Yarar-Fisher C, Bickel CS, Windham ST, McLain AB and Bamman MM. Heightened TWEAK-NF-kB signaling and inflammation-associated fibrosis in paralyzed muscles of men with chronic spinal cord injury. In Press. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism.
- Bickel CS, Yarar-Fisher C, Mahoney ET, and McCully KK. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation induced resistance training after SCI—the Dudley Protocol. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2015; 21: 294-302.
- Yarar-Fisher C, Bickel CS, Kelly NA, Windham ST, McLain AB and Bamman MM. Mechanosensitivity may be enhanced in skeletal muscles of spinal cord injured (SCI) vs. able-bodied men (AB). Muscle and Nerve. 2014 Mar 25. [PMID: 24668759 ] [doi: 10.1002/mus.24248 ]
- Yarar-Fisher C, Pascoe D, Gladden LB, Quindry J, Hudson J, Sefton JM. Acute physiological effects of whole body vibration in individuals with spinal cord injury. In Press: Disability and Rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil. 2014;36(2):136-45. [PMID: 23651125 ] [doi: 10.3109/09638288.2013.782358 ]
Manuscripts in Review
- Yarar-Fisher C, Pascoe D, Gladden LB, Quindry J, and Sefton JM Acute physiological effects of whole body vibration (WBV) on skin temperature responses using non-contact thermography in individuals with long-standing spinal cord injury. In Review: Disability and Rehabilitation.
- Yarar-Fisher C, Chen Y, Jackson AB, and Hunter G. Body mass index (BMI) underestimates adiposity in women with SCI. Obesity. 2013; 21: 1223-25. [doi: 10.1002/oby.20199 ] [PMID: 23913734 ]
- Yarar-Fisher C, Bickel CS, Windham ST, McLain AB and Bamman MM. Skeletal muscle signaling associated with impaired glucose tolerance in spinal cord-injured men and the effects of contractile activity. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2013; 115: 756-64. [doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00122.2013 ] [PMID: 23766505 ]
- Yarar C. (2013, Issue 5) Nutritional Needs. Paraplegia News. Available at: http://pvamag.com/pn/article/5465/nutritional_needs
- Yarar C. (2013, Issue 1) Weight Management following Spinal Cord Injury: Nutrition. Pushin’ On. Available at: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/sci/uab-scims-information/pushin-on-enewsletter
- Yarar C. (2013, Issue 2). Answers on Weight. Paraplegia News. Available at: http://pvamag.com/pn/article/5280/answers_on_weight
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, and Berry J. Massage therapy produces short term improvements in balance, neurological and cardiovascular measures in older persons. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Body Work. . 2012; 5:16-27. [PMID: 23087775 ] [PMCID: PMC3457719]
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, and Berry J. Six weeks of massage therapy produces changes in balance, neurological and cardiovascular measures in older persons. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Body Work. 2012; 5: 28-40. [PMID: 23087776 ] [PMCID: PMC3457720]
- Yarar, C. (2012, Issue 2). Weight management and spinal cord injury: Understanding obesity. Pushin’ On. Available at http://uab.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e397ed9cc437b9702859e38df&id=ac5094ca15&e=408fd9a536
- Sefton JM, Hicks-Little CA, Yarar C, Berry J, Cordova ML. The effect of a 6-week balance training program on sensorimotor measures in chronically unstable ankles. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2011; 41: 81-89.
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, Carpenter DM, Berry J. Physiological and clinical changes after therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulder. Manual Therapy. 2011; 16: 487-494.
- Sefton JM, Yarar C, Berry, J, Pascoe DD. Effect of therapeutic massage on peripheral blood flow as assessed by skin temperature measures in the neck and shoulders. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. 2010; 16: 723-732.
In December, 2014 completed her training with us and moved on to a position as Instructor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. She can be contacted at email@example.com .