Awards

ASHT recognizes members and hand therapy supporters through the following awards, presented at the Annual Meeting:

Past award recipients

2016 Awards Timeline

June 1

Award nomination submission period opens

July 14

Award nomination submission deadline

August 2 Award winners notified
September 15-18 Awards presented at 39th Annual Meeting

Research Awards

The ASHT Research Division names the following at each Annual Meeting:

Annual Awards

Nathalie Barr Lectureship Award

The Nathalie Barr Lectureship Award is among ASHT’s highest honors, recognizing and honoring a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists who has made significant original contributions to hand rehabilitation in one of the following ways:

  • The development or refinement of professional theory and/or techniques
  • Contributions to hand therapy development as a profession and to ASHT
  • Outstanding research

The nominee must have shared this information through publications and speaking presentations. Nominees must be an Active member in good standing of ASHT for at least five years. The honorary lecture is announced at the Annual Meeting and given at the following year’s meeting.

Nathalie Barr Lectureship Award nomination application


Paul Brand Award

The Paul Brand Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified humanitarianism in their work as a hand therapist in addition to providing clinical and professional excellence in several facets of practice. The candidate for this award is one who strives for the advancement of hand therapy, which may include underserved areas nationally and/or internationally.

The nomination is open to all Active, Charter, Lifetime, Associate and Affiliate members of ASHT in good standing for a minimum of five consecutive years including the year nominated.

Paul Brand Award nomination application


MacDermid Lifetime Scientific Award in Hand Therapy

The MacDermid Lifetime Scientific Award in Hand Therapy recognizes an ASHT member who has made contributions through research to the science and practice of hand rehabilitation, which have subsequently changed hand therapy professional standards. The award is announced at the ASHT Annual Meeting. The recipient of the award will present his/her research contributions during the MacDermid Lectureship at the following year’s Annual Meeting. If the award is to be given, the recipient will be notified two months in advance of the Annual Meeting at which the award will be announced. This nomination is open to ASHT members in good standing who have demonstrated career-long research-related endeavors that have had a lasting and transformative impact on the science and practice of hand therapy.

MacDermid Lifetime Scientific Award in Hand Therapy nomination application


Lifetime Fellowship Award

Lifetime Fellowship status is an honor awarded to individuals in recognition of career-long contributions to the society and the field of hand rehabilitation. Lifelong ASHT Fellows are honored for their long-term society membership participation, exemplary leadership, and documented achievements in the field. The nomination is open to ASHT members active for a minimum of 25 years or who are founding members. Eligible nominees must have made notable contributions to the profession through leadership, demonstrating influence and achievements, having shown frequent and sustained efforts to advance the field of hand therapy over a period of at least several years preceding and up to the time of nomination for this honor.

Lifetime Fellowship nomination application


Honorary Membership Award

The Honorary Membership Award recognizes individuals for their long-term professional interest and interaction with the society. Recipients have made significant noteworthy advancements to the hand therapy field. The nomination is open to professionals who are not certified hand therapists (CHTs) and/or those not eligible to be members of the society.

(Please note this award is suspended for the 2016 awards cycle.)