The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) announced the recipients of the 2022 Howard R. Thranhardt Award: Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO/L, FAAOP, and Jennifer Johansson, MS.
Their lectures and awards will be given Friday, September 30 at 7:30 a.m. in conjunction with the 2022 AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio, Texas.
“On behalf of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, I am proud to announce that the assembly committee’s clinical workgroup has determined that Tiffany Graham and Jennifer Johansson are the 2022 Thranhardt Award winners. Their work, and the work of all nominees, will contribute to improvements in clinical care for the patients our profession serves,” said David McGill, AOPA president. “We look forward to hearing their presentations and honoring them at this year’s national assembly.”
Graham will present “Development and Validation of a Prediction Model for the Treatment Time of Deformational Head Shapes Using a Cranial Remolding Orthosis.” Graham is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Trinity University and her master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds leadership positions with the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and is a previous two-time recipient of the AOPA Thranhardt Award. Her research centers around outcome measures of cranial remolding orthoses.
Johansson will present “Design and Testing of the Caesar Foot: A Bimodal Run-Walk Prosthesis.” Johansson is a senior research engineer at Liberating Technologies, Holliston, Massachusetts. She received her degree in mechanical engineering from Union College and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University. Prior to joining Liberating Technologies, Johansson worked at the Gait Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where her research focused on understanding the effects of treatment interventions and medical devices on mobility and gait biomechanics in various patient populations.
The Thranhardt award was established in 1996 by a gift from J.E. Hanger in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP, to recognize strength in clinical research.