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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

Tim Mullen, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Tim Mullen

Board Member

Tim Mullen is currently the Chief Operations Officer at Orthopedic Physicians Alaska a Division of OrthoAlaska in Anchorage, Alaska.  Previously, he was the Director of Occupational Therapy at Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Beginning a career as an entry-level upper extremity specialist in St. Louis Missouri, Tim transitioned to Grand Rapids to work with Alfred Swanson, MD, focusing on small joint implant arthroplasties at Blodgett Hospital in 1995. He was promoted to Hand Therapy Clinical Specialist and evolved through levels of management to his current role as director.

Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College where he developed a passion for anatomy and physiology through cadaveric dissections and human performance laboratories. Tim received his Masters of Science Degree from Washington University School of Medicine where he was drawn to hand therapy through clinical experiences and research opportunities. In pursuit of understanding the intricacies of the injured worker, Tim completed a graduate certificate in Occupational Health Psychology. Tim also completed his Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University, where he studied radiographic and functional analysis of movement allowed by four wrist immobilization devices.

Tim has received national awards for clinical research and speaking engagements. He has published and presented on many topics related to the management of upper extremity disorders. He is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists, the American Occupational Therapy Association, Pi Theta Epsilon (National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society). Tim has academic appointments as adjunct faculty to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

In addition to an extensive education and clinical background, Tim has served in several volunteer capacities. He has served on the board of directors for the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), the Michigan Chapter of ASHT and the American Hand Therapy Foundation.  He has served on the Editorial Review Board for The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Tim is currently the Chair of the Exam Committee, serves as a Mentor to Item writers and has previously served as an Item Writer for the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.