Evelyn Mackin Grant

Evelyn Mackin Grant for Education by a Traveling Hand Therapist



American Hand Therapy Foundation


Up to $5,000. Reimbursement of travel and educational materials up $5,000 US may be used only for the proposed educational visit by a travelling therapist.


The application window is open from May 1 through June 1. The award notification will be August 1.

A salute to Evelyn J. Mackin, PT

Evelyn J. Mackin, PT graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Hospital School of Physical Therapy in 1944. Two years later she began working with her mentor, James M. Hunter, M.D. and his partner Lawrence H. Schneider, M.D. Together, they founded the Hand Rehabilitation Center in 1972, known today as the Philadelphia Hand Center. In 1976 they developed a premier Hand rehabilitation educational experience, still ongoing as the Philadelphia Hand Meeting.

Evelyn was one of the six original founders of the ASHT and served as its president in 1981. Her crowning achievement through years of enthusiasm and vision was the creation of the JOURNAL of HAND THERAPY in 1987 where she served as its first editor-in-chief until 1998. She was instrumental in developing the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapists, serving as its first president from 1986-1992.

The world over, she is known for her passion for travel and education. Her teaching and publication history are extensive. Evelyn was one of the four original editors and an author of Rehabilitation of the Hand, affectionately known as “The Bible of Hand Therapy.” Her contributions to the science and dissemination of science of hand therapy has and will be experienced by generations.

Evelyn Mackin truly embodies the ideals of a hand therapist. Her passion for hand therapy and selfless sharing of knowledge are reflected in this award.


In 2005, the AHTF established a grant in recognition of Evelyn. The purpose of the award is to foster professional relationships throughout the international hand therapy community and increase the visibility and quality of hand and upper limb rehabilitation all over the world through education and communication.

Types of Studies

A descriptive study, qualitative study, and/or collection of related case studies may be used to describe the experience.

The Evelyn Mackin Grant for Education by a Traveling Hand Therapist is a prestigious award given to an occupational or physical therapist who has contributed to Hand Therapy through teaching, volunteer service, inter-professional medical education, research and/or publications in hand therapy. The therapist receiving this award must exhibit a passion for learning and a willingness to contribute newly acquired knowledge to colleagues in the profession through written communications and/or professional presentations and clinical interactions.


This prestigious award is given to an occupational or physical therapist who will be traveling to an under-served area, has contributed to the body of knowledge of hand therapy through teaching, volunteering or participating in research. The recipient may travel to a single or various hand therapy facilities, presenting on any domain of hand therapy. Then upon his or her return shares the “pearls” learned from the experience. Recipient must be a current member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, a Certified Hand Therapist actively practicing hand therapy, and with the freedom to travel for a minimum of five business days. Recipient may not be concurrently applying for any other AHFT grant, nor be the recipient of an AHTF grant in the past two years.


Have Questions?

For inquiries, contact April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT at grants@ahtf.org.



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