American Hand Therapy Foundation

Funding clinical and scientific research and education to advance the practice of hand therapy and quality of patient care throughout the world.

Help Expand the Impact of AHTF

Support our mission of promoting high impact clinical and fundamental upper extremity research. Your generosity makes a difference! Support your profession through a tax‑deductible gift today.

AHTF Grants

Supporting novice or experienced researchers who are able to expand the scientific evidence, visibility, and quality of upper extremity and hand rehabilitation.

AHTF’s 2019 Happy Hour with a Scholar

7 pm – 8 pm, Friday, October 4, 2019
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

The Magic of the Placebo: The Role of the Placebo in Medicine, Surgery and Therapy

Lee Osterman, M.D., FAOA
Professor, Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery

About The American Hand Therapy Foundation

The American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes education and funds research to provide evidence for the treatment and prevention of diseases and injuries of the upper extremity and hand.

AHTF is a truly unique organization dedicated exclusively to advancing the practice of hand therapy by funding research and education. Our mission is to fund clinical and scientific research and education in order to advance the practice of hand therapy and quality of patient care throughout the world.

Our Vision

Our vision is for all evaluation and treatment methods in hand therapy to have well-documented, evidence based outcomes in the literature.

For over 25 years, AHTF has supported upper extremity rehabilitation research, enriching understanding of hand health recovery and improving patient functional outcomes. Funding of clinical research is integral in working with payers and governmental agencies to justify the cost of our services.

Your Support Makes a Difference!

Our organization can only succeed in our mission through contributions from a wide range of sources. We encourage all of our hand therapist colleagues to participate in our organization and welcome assistance from members of related fields as well as anyone who has an interest in furthering our research.

AHTF Recent Blog Posts and Updates


The New Year is as good a time to reset and refocus on priorities, be it research, self-development or teaching others. Grant moneys may be available to help you meet your goals! If one of your personal priorities is to implement a clinical or scientific research...

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