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The Research Council (RC) is one of three Academy Councils through which much of the work of the Academy is accomplished. The RC makes recommendations on needed research and coordinates the efforts of the Academy as it participates in research projects. The RC works with ISPO and other organizations that impact the research capability of professionals in the field with the intent of providing better patient care.

Leigh Davis, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP, Chair
M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, PhD, CP, FAAOP
Mark D. Geil, PhD
Michelle J. Hall, CPO, FAAOP
Brian D. Kaluf, CP

Administrative Support:
Manisha Bhaskar

Council Purposes and Objectives

To influence the profession of orthotics and prosthetics in a way that fosters self-sustaining research efforts and produces peer-reviewed P&O research that advances Evidence-Based Practice. To provide research education for O&P professionals and enhance the profession's research capacity.

Research Education Committee

Mark D. Geil, PhD, Chair

Committee Purposes and Objectives

To develop continuing-education that allows O&P professionals the opportunity to be more informed consumers of clinical and technical research. Work in conjunction with NCOPE, to promote and support the research experience component of clinical residencies across the United States.

Secondary Knowledge Sources Committee

Leigh Davis, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP, Chair

Committee Purposes and Objectives

The purpose of this committee is to facilitate Academy members' consumerism of scientific research in terms of access, quantity, and clinical implementation.

Outcomes Research Committee

Brian D. Kaluf, CP, Chair

Committee Purposes and Objectives

Develop means to assist Academy members in the gathering, use, and reporting of outcomes measures. Provide guidelines and act as a resource for members conducting human subjects' research within the fields of orthotics and prosthetics.


Steven Gard, PhD

Committee Purpose:

To publish the highest-quality quarterly journal in the O&P profession.



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