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Nathan Short

Assistant Director of Operations, Associate Professor


Dr. Short has been with the HU OTD Program since its inception in 2014 and currently serves in the roles of associate professor and assistant director. Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, he worked with the Indian Health Service in New Mexico. Short provided the rehabilitation needs for a hand surgery clinic, established a hospital-wide ergonomics program, and served patients primarily in an outpatient setting. He also established an OT contracting business providing services across the spectrum of practice 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 therapy clinic. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from Lee University & attended Belmont University for his doctorate in occupational therapy. He earned his PhD from Kingston University in London, England in Health and Social Care in 2020.

His research interests include upper extremity rehabilitation, cross-cultural practice, and the societal and clinical impact of technology. He has published and presented numerous research studies related to these topics. Short also provides peer-review for scholarly journals within the field as well as 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 Joni & Friends International Disability Center. The OTD students participate in a regional wheelchair collection project as well as an international service-learning (ISL) experience with Joni and Friends’ Cause4Life 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, Guatemala, and Peru. He was appointed 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 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 it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10

  • PhD Health and Social Care, Kingston University
  • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Belmont University
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Lee University
Licenses and Certifications
  • Certified Ergonomics Evaluator Specialist (CEES)
  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
  • Credentialed Physical Agent Modalities (CPAM)
  • Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed (OTR)
  • Indiana Occupational Therapy Licensure #31005659A (Current)
  • New Mexico Occupational Therapy Licensure #2745 (Escrow)
  • Tennessee Occupational Therapy Licensure #4048 (Escrow)
Notable Experience
  • Expert Institute: Provide expert testimony for personal injury & malpractice litigation
  • Liaocheng University: Visiting professor
  • The Orthopedic Hospital: Outpatient management of hand & upper extremity caseload
  • High Desert Occupational Therapy: Founder, owner, and sole proprietor
  • Gallup Indian Medical Center: Evaluation & intervention for orthopedic, neurological, & pediatric patients
  • Growing in Beauty (Navajo Nation Early Intervention Program: In-home developmental evaluation & assessment for the birth to 3 population
  • Red Rocks Care Center: Provided SNF-level evaluation & treatment to primarily geriatric population
  • Williamson Medical Center: Provided inpatient and outpatient services
  • 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)