Plenary Session 7

Date/Time: Thu, November 12, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Evelyn Mackin Tribute

Hall of Fame Award Presentation

Nathalie Barr Lecture - Adjusting Our Sails to the Storm: The Resiliency of Hand Therapists


Our profession now faces unprecedented challenges. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been acutely catastrophic and the uncertainty of the effects of valued-based healthcare also raises concerns. However, while the state of the world as we know it is turbulent and uncertain, our profession has a long-standing history of resilience, can weather this storm, and has great potential to thrive. In this lecture, Dr. McGee will review the profession’s history of resilience, highlight the many commendable and resilient acts of hand therapists, discuss the traits and psychology of resiliency, and offer perspectives on how we, as individuals and a profession, might “adjust our sails” and navigate our way to a stronger presence, improved practices, and unparalleled outcomes.


  • Appreciate the resiliency of the hand therapy profession
  • Describe the key characteristics of professional and workforce resiliency
  • Identify strategies to build personal and workforce resilience
  • Examine ways to prepare for and negotiate value-based healthcare reform

Research Named Awards