OPERF | Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

OPERF Mission

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) was established to raise the standards of education and research in the O&P profession. Practicing O&P professionals founded the organization to meet the ever-changing needs of the field.

OPERF will award grants to promote research in the profession with the goal of providing the best possible care to patients in need of O&P care. The Foundation will also assist students currently attending or entering O&P education programs by providing competitive grants and awards as they pursue careers as O&P professionals, faculty or researchers in the field.

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Recent Announcements

2020 OPERF/ABC Student Awards
for Academic Achievement Announced

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 OPERF/ABC Student Award for Academic Achievement.

Each of the following students will receive a $1,000 cash award in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement in their respective orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) education programs:

Lynden Brown

Lynden Brown
Alabama State

Samuel Bryne

Samuel Bryne
Eastern Michigan University

Meghan Criswell

Meghan Criswell
University of Washington

Megan D'Apice

Megan D'Apice
California State University,
Dominguez Hills

Stasia Iwuc

Stasia Iwuc
Baylor College of Medicine

Emily Lipski

Emily Lipski
Baylor College of Medicine

Alexander Miller

Alexander Miller
International Institute of
Orthotics & Prosthetics

Katherine Turnage

Katherine Turnage
University of Washington

Jaclyn Webster

Jaclyn Webster
University of Washington

2020 OPERF/ABC
Resident Travel Award Recipients

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 PERF/ABC Resident Travel Award.

Kiley Armstrong

Kiley Armstrong
University of Michigan Orthotic & Prosthetic Center

DIRECTED STUDY: Effect of Interventions Targeting Sensory-Input on the Equinus Gait Pattern of Children with Idiopathic Toe Walking

Sheila Pack

Sheila Pack
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

DIRECTED STUDY: Clinical Evaluation of A Novel Low-Cost Voluntary Closing Prosthetic Hand

Samantha Stauffer

Samantha Stauffer
University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy

DIRECTED STUDY: Is Pain Self-Efficacy Related To Sociodemographic Characteristics and Pain Severity Among Adults with Lower-Limb Loss and Chronic Low Back Pain?

The OPERF/ABC Resident Travel Award Program supports prosthetic and orthotic residents travel to the Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium so that they may present their NCOPE directed study report or project. One $2,500 award will be given annually.

OPERF is grateful to ABC for its sponsorship of this award and partnership in investing in future O&P practitioners, said Donald Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, chair of the OPERF board of directors. The OPERF board of directors would also like to extend its appreciation to all those who served as clinical and scientific reviewers for this year’s submissions. Their guidance and support ensure that all applicants receive constructive feedback to help them grow further in their research interest endeavors.

2020 OPERF
Educator Award Recipient

Joshua B. Utay

Joshua B. Utay
Baylor College of Medicine, School of Health Professions