2020-2021 COPL Grant Recipients Announced

The Board of Directors of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) has selected its 2020-2021 COPL grant recipients.

Congratulations to:

  • Sarah R. Chang, PhD, “Develop Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Vacuum-Assisted Socket Suspension Systems”
  • Jonathan D. Day, “Non-invasive method for quantifying progress of healing after transtibial amputation: a pilot study”
  • Michael Dillon, PhD, “Describe the population receiving orthotic/prosthetic services using telehealth, and their experience and satisfaction with those services”
  • Erik Hansen, MD, “The Effect of Osteoarthritis Bracing on Community Involvement, A Pilot Study”
  • Natalie Harold, CPO, “Development of a Customizable Outcome Measures Electronic Toolkit (COMET)”
  • Rebecca M. Miro, PhD, CP, MBA, CRA, “Prosthetic, functional, and clinical outcomes among female amputees: A scoping project o include a systematic review and 10-year retrospective record review of female Veterans with limb loss”

“There is a modest amount of original orthotics and prosthetics evidence-based or outcomes research. AOPA is thrilled to be able to address this gap and provide funding through COPL to original pilot research,” said Shane Wurdeman, PhD, CP, FAAOP(D), Research Chair for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. “This year we received stellar requests and anticipate important results from the selected recipients.”

Since its inception in 2009, COPL has awarded funds for 51 pilot studies totaling over $700,000. COPL was founded to support research objectives which include advancement of knowledge and technologies in orthotics and prosthetics, enhancement of evidence-based medicine research capabilities, and patient-oriented outcomes designed to ensure that the needs of patients are best served. AOPA provides the funding to the grantees as well administrative support to the COPL Board.

Read more about the grantees projects.


About the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA): Through advocacy, research, and education, AOPA improves patient access to quality orthotic and prosthetic care. AOPA, based in Alexandria, VA, is the largest non-profit organization consisting of more than 2,000 O&P patient care facilities and suppliers, dedicated to helping O&P businesses and professionals navigate the multitude of issues surrounding the delivery of quality patient care.