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Important Dates

2022 Exams
April 25 - May 14
October 24 - November 12



Application Deadlines: April 15th for the May exam and October 15th for the November exam.
Board of directors and staff

Susan Blackmore M.S. OTR/L CHT COMT UL

Susan BlackmoreBoard Member

Sue currently is working as the National Director of Hand Therapy at Select Medical. She supports 275 CHT’s and an additional 240 therapists who treat upper limb conditions, most of whom are working towards becoming certified hand therapists. Select Medical provides hand therapy in 32 states. Sue travels to meet with therapists and coordinates development activities nationally. She has provided patient care, hand therapy education nationally and internationally, designed and participated in clinical research, presented scientific papers and posters at national association meetings, and published in peer reviewed journals and textbooks. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Hand Therapy. She served as co-guest editor for the special edition on the elbow for the Journal of Hand Therapy. She is a member of ASHT, ASSH and AOTA. Previously she has served in these associations as committee member and committee chair for various programs.

Sue has had the opportunity to live in several locations across the country where her past work experience spans hospitals, private practice, contract therapy, corporate therapy practice,  physician owned practices and teaching in the Occupational Therapy department at Thomas Jefferson University.  She is grateful for having the opportunity to volunteer in developing countries to provide hand therapy and occupational therapy services and teaching over the past 13 years. She has received the AAHS Vargas award and the AHTF Evelyn Mackin Grant for Education by a Hand Therapist.

Sue’s exposure to occupational therapy began when her mother, also an occupational therapist, volunteered at the Delaware Curative Workshop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Kansas. She pursued a hand therapy specialty in her clinical internship. After two years of working in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, she began her career in hand therapy. She enjoys collaborating with therapists and physicians to provide unique care for patients. She received her Masters of Science in Education and Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also passionate about lifelong leaning. One of Sue’s special professional interest is in the development of fellowship and mentorship programs in hand therapy to provide more patients access to this important specialty and support therapists in achieving career aspirations.

Sue joined the HTCC board in 2019 and serves on the Practice Analysis Taskforce.