Nora Barrett MS, OTR/L, CHT

2021 ASHT Hybrid Annual Conference Chair, American Society of Hand Therapists

Nora has been a practicing occupational therapist for 24 with experience in acute inpatient, acute rehabilitation, outpatient hand and inpatient/outpatient burn settings. Nora graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 1997, completed an advanced certification in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation at Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2006, and became a certified hand therapist in 2006. She has worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC and the Hand and Arm Center of Central Oregon, with her practice area focused in hand therapy and burn injury/wound rehabilitation.


  • Over 25 presentations at national educational conferences, including the American Society of Hand Therapists, the American Burn Association and the American Association for Hand Surgery
  • Brachial Plexus and Nerve Innervation of the Upper Extremity
  • Clinical Application of Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Therapist’s Management of Traumatic Hand Injuries
  • Burn Rehabilitation: The Hand Therapist Perspective
  • Wounds: The Therapy Perspective
  • American Society of Hand Therapists: Education Division member 2012-2016. Annual Meeting Committee member 2014-2016, 2019-2020, program chair 2017, 2021. Hand Therapy Review Course faculty.
  • American Association for Hand Surgery: Education Committee member 2019-2021.