AOPA Announces 2022 Thranhardt Award Recipients

Alexandria, VA (August 23, 2022) – The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Howard R. Thranhardt Award are Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO, LPO, FAAOP and Jennifer Johansson, MS. The Award, established in 1996 by a gift from J.E. Hanger in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP, has become one of the most distinguished honors in the orthotics and prosthetics profession, annually recognizing the strength in clinical research.

The lectures and awards will be given Friday, September 30 at 7:30 am in conjunction with the 2022 AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio.

“On behalf of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, I am proud to announce that the Assembly Committee’s Clinical Workgroup has determined that Tiffany Graham and Jennifer Johansson are the 2022 Thranhardt Award winners. Their work, and the work of all nominees, will contribute to improvements in clinical care for the patients our profession serves,”  said David McGill, President, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. “We look forward to hearing their presentations and honoring them at this year’s National Assembly.”

Graham will present Development and Validation of a Prediction Model for the Treatment Time of Deformational Head Shapes Using a Cranial Remolding Orthosis. Graham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University and her master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds leadership positions within the AAOP and is a previous two-time recipient of the AOPA Thranhardt Award. Her research centers around outcome measures of cranial remolding orthoses.

Johansson will present Design and Testing of the Caesar Foot: A Bimodal Run-Walk Prosthesis. Johansson is a Senior Research Engineer at Liberating Technologies. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Prior to joining LTI, Ms. Johansson worked at the Gait Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where her research focused on understanding the effects of treatment interventions and medical devices on mobility and gait biomechanics in various patient populations.

More information about the 2022 National Assembly is available at

About the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA): A trusted partner, advocating for and serving the orthotic and prosthetic community, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) fosters relationships with decision makers, provides education, supports research, and advances equality to strengthen the orthotic and prosthetic profession and improve the lives of its patients. Since 1917, AOPA has been the largest non-profit organization consisting of more than 2,000 patient care facilities and suppliers that together manufacture, distribute, design, fabricate, fit, and provide clinical care for patients using orthopedic braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs). Each and every day, AOPA and its members strive for a world where orthotic and prosthetic care transforms lives.