Assistant Director | Assistant Professor
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Nate Short, OTD, OTR/L, CHT came to HU in 2014 as part of the inaugural OTD program faculty. Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, he served in New Mexico with the Indian Health Service working cross-culturally with the Native American population. As the sole occupational therapist (OT) at his facility, Short provided the rehabilitation needs for a hand surgery clinic, established a hospital-wide ergonomics program, and served patients primarily in an outpatient clinic. He also established an OT contracting business serving across the spectrum of OT including home-based pediatrics, rehabilitation, in addition to school settings.

Short’s primary area of expertise is hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) he remains clinically active in a local outpatient hand clinic. Nate obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from Lee University & attended Belmont University for his doctorate in occupational therapy. His research interests include upper extremity rehabilitation, cross-cultural practice, and clinical education with recent publications listed below. Short also provides peer-review for scholarly journals within the field and provides expert witness for malpractice and personal injury litigation. As the Assistant Director of Operations for the OTD Program, Short also provides leadership for program development, strategic planning, faculty recruitment, as well as admissions.

 Dr. Short also leads the OTD program partnership with Wheels for the World, a ministry of Joni & Friends International Disability Center. The OTD students participate in a regional wheelchair collection project as well as a mission trip to share the Gospel and provide seating and mobility clinics. This experience is integrated in the OTD curriculum and Short has served in Romania and also led student teams to Haiti and Guatemala. He also served as a visiting professor of occupational therapy at Liaocheng University in Shandong Province, China in the summer of 2016. For his advancement of the profession internationally, he was awarded the 2017 AOTA International Service Award.

In his free time, Nate enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing tennis, reading, and traveling. The Shorts are also active in their local church. 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10