The Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy promotes rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity within the profession of physical therapy, the medical community, and the general public. The Academy serves to mentor, educate, promote research, and respond to the ever changing needs and interests of its membership.
By 2020, the Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy will be recognized by consumers and other health care practitioners as the leaders and experts in the examination, rehabilitation and prevention of hand and upper extremity impairments. To these ends, the Academy will increase the introduction of physical therapists to the specialty of hand therapy, provide effective mentoring by experienced clinicians, and provide information about educational opportunities.
If you are interested in joining the Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy, please visit the membership page on APTA’s website. Under Chapters & Sections, click “Add a Section” (you MUST be a current member of APTA).
Your choice to pursue a special interest in upper extremity rehabilitation gives you access to resources through which you can explore all areas of hand therapy. Benefits of belonging to the Academy are:
Advertising is available in our electronic newsletter and on our website. By choosing to advertise with us, you will be connecting with members who have an interest and specialization in hand and upper extremity therapy. For information about submitting an ad and to review our deadlines, please download the AHUEPT Media Kit.
Are you interested in the area of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation?
Then you are eligible to become a partner to our Academy. Please contact [email protected] for more information and an application.
The Leslie Harris Lindsey Grant for Research in the Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy is a $5,000 grant. To qualify for funding, the study must be designed to examine the efficacy of a treatment approach, or the meaningfulness of an examination procedure used by physical therapists in hand and upper extremity physical therapy.
The grant is funded every other year. The next grant deadline is August 15, 2020. The application process and guidelines are currently being reviewed. The application link and guidelines will be posted in March 2020. Please contact the Academy at [email protected] with questions.
Leslie Harris Lindsey, PT, CHT was an accomplished leader in hand and upper extremity physical therapy. Leslie was instrumental in developing this research grant during her time on the executive committee of the Hand Rehabilitation Section. Along with her husband, Mark Lindsey, Leslie owned a private practice specializing in hand and upper extremity physical therapy in the Louisville, Kentucky area. She served in many leadership roles within this organization including President. She also served in a leadership position with the Hand Therapy Certification Commission that sponsors the board certification process for Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT
Mia Erickson PT, EdD, CHT
Scott Stevenson, PT, CHT
Leah Michelsen, PT, DPT
Emily Altman, PT, DPT, CHT, OCS
Jamie Grigsby, PT
Teri Bielefeld PT, CHT
Susan Duff, PT, EdD, OT, CHT
Marsha Lawrence, PT, DPT, CHT
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