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Nathan Short

Assistant Director of Operations, Associate Professor


Dr. Short, 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. He is currently a PhD candidate at Kingston University in London, England.

His research interests include upper extremity rehabilitation, cross-cultural practice, and the societal and clinical impact of technology. Short also provides peer-review for scholarly journals within the field and provides expert witness testimony regarding the functional impact of injury. 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 an international service-learning (ISL) experience focused on providing seating and mobility services for individuals with disabilities. This experience is integrated in the OTD curriculum and Short has served with students in Romania, 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

  • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lee University
Licenses and Certifications
  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
  • Certified Ergonomics Evaluator Specialist (CEES)
  • Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed (OTR/L)
Notable Experience
  • Indian Health Service, New Mexico: Provided rehabilitation services for a hand surgery clinic
  • Indian Health Service, New Mexico: Established a hospital-wide ergonomics program
  • OT Contracting Business: Provided services across the spectrum, including home-based pediatrics, rehabilitation, and in-school settings
  • Visiting Professor of Occupational Therapy at Liaocheng University, Shandong Province, China
  • Peer reviewer for scholarly OTD journals
  • Expert witness for personal injury and malpractice litigation
  • Leads OTD program partnership with Wheels for the World, a ministry of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, providing seating and mobility clinics in a mission setting. Past groups of OTD students have visited Romania, Haiti, and Guatemala.
  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT)