Nate Short, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, came to Huntington University 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 at his facility, Nate provided rehabilitation services 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 and rehabilitation in addition to school settings.
Nate’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 and attended Belmont University for his doctorate in occupational therapy. His research interests include upper extremity rehabilitation, cross-cultural practice, and clinical education. Nate also provides peer-review for scholarly journals within the field and provides expert witness testimony regarding functional impact of injury. As the Assistant Director of Operations for the OTD program at Huntington University, Nate provides leadership for program development, strategic planning, faculty recruitment, and admissions.
Nate 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 missions trip to share the Gospel and provide seating and mobility clinics. This experience is integrated in the OTD curriculum. Since the partnership’s beginning, Nate 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