Noralyn Davel Pickens, OT, Ph.D.

Professor

Associate Director

Occupational Therapy

Noralyn Davel Pickens, OT, Ph.D.

Contact

npickens@twu.edu
214-689-7754
T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences - Dallas Center 8515

Biography

Dr. Noralyn Pickens is Professor and Associate Director of the School of Occupational Therapy - Dallas Center. Dr. Pickens teaches in the MOT, OTD, and PhD programs. She is an Affiliate Scientist with the R2D2 Center at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Pickens' research addresses assessment and intervention to facilitate aging-in-place, with additional research and mentoring in caregiving and occupational therapy in end-of-life care. 

Education

Ph.D., Kinesiology: Therapeutic Sciences, University of Wisconsin System : Madison, 2001
M.S., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996
B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1987

Research Interests

Aging-in-place; Home safety assessment; End-of-life care; Qualitative methodologies

Latest Articles

Measuring efficacy of occupational therapy in end-of-life care: A scoping review
American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2020)
Janice Kishi Chow, Noralyn Davel Pickens

The effect of instructor-produced videos as supplemental material for training visual screening procedures in occupational therapy education
Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (2019)
Holly Grieves, Noralyn Davel Pickens, Tracy Young, Theresa M. Smith

Associations between self-generated strategy use and MET-Home performance in adults with stroke
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (2019)
Suzanne P Burns, Deirdre Dawson, Jaimee Perea, Asha Vas, Noralyn Pickens

Occupational Therapy Interventions in Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Scoping Review
Annals of International Occupational Therapy (2019)
Vanesssa D. Jewell, Noralyn D. Pickens, Shelly Burns

Development, reliability, and validity of the Multiple Errands Test Home Version (MET-Home) in adults with stroke.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2019)
Suzanne Perea Burns, Deidre Dawson, Jaimee J.D. Perea, Asha Vas, Noralyn D Pickens

The impact of home modifications on occupational participation of a family
Annals of International Occupational Therapy (2019)
Noralyn D. Pickens, Zahira Khimji, Megan Lindgren

Construct Validity of the Participation and Sensory Environment Questionnaire – Teacher Version
Assessment for Effective Intervention (2018)
Aimee Piller, Tina Fletcher, Beth Pfieffer, Noralyn Pickens

In-home contextual reality: A qualitative analysis using the Multiple Errands Test Home Version (MET-Home)
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (2018)
Suzanne Perea Burns, Noralyn Pickens, Deidre R Dawson, Jaimee D Perea, Vas K Asha

Caregiver perceptions of a telehealth wellness program
American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2017)
Katrina Serwe, Gayle Hersch, Noralyn Pickens, Karen Pancheri

Interprofessional Client-Centered Reasoning Processes in Home Modification Practice
Journal of Housing for the Elderly (2017)
Suzanne P. Burns, Noralyn D. Pickens, Roger O. Smith

Translating caregiver wellness to telehealth: A mixed-methods feasibility study
American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2017)
Katrina Serwe, Gayle Hersch, Karen Pancheri, Noralyn Pickens

Psychometric Evaluation of the Occupation-Centered Intervention Assessment
OTJR: Occupation, Participation, & Health (2017)
Vanessa Jewell, Noralyn D. Pickens

Embedding Technology into Inter-professional Best-practice Home Safety Evaluation
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology (2016)
Suzanne Perea Burns, Noralyn Davel Pickens

Best Practices: Occupational Therapists Working with Caregivers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
OT Practice Magazine (2016)
Noralyn Pickens, Tiffany Long

An exploration into occupation-centered practice in skilled nursing facilities
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics: Current Trends in Geriatric Rehabilitation (2016)
Vanessa D Jewell, Noralyn Davel Pickens, Gayle Hersch, Gail Jensen

How patient educators teach students: Giving a face to a story
Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (Online) (2015)
Natalie Hedge, Marsha Neville, Noralyn D. Pickens

Home Modifications for People with Alzheimer's Disease: A Scoping Review
American Journal of Occupational Therapy (2015)
Linda Struckmeyer, Noralyn Davel Pickens

Becoming at home in home modifications: Comparing the professional reasoning skills of novice and expert therapists
Occupational Therapy In Health Care (2015)
Whitney DuBroc, Noralyn Pickens

Occupational engagement of veterans in LTC: Testing the effectiveness of a military cultural intervention
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics: Current Trends in Geriatric Rehabilitation (2014)
Twylla Kirchen, Gayle Hersch, Noralyn Pickens

Chapters

Introduction to occupation and co-occupation
in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for the Future, 2nd Edition | F.A. Davis Company (2019)
Kris Pizur Barnekow, Noralyn D. Pickens

End of life issues
in Handbook of Rehabilitation in Older Adults | Springer Publishers (2019)
Janice Kishi Chow, M. Heather McKay, Noralyn Pickens

Physical and virtual environments: Meaning of place and space
in Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy | Wolters - Kluwer (2019)
Noralyn D. Pickens, Cynthia Evetts

Home Modifications
in Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy, 2nd edition | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2018)
Noralyn Pickens, Suzanne Burns

Environmental modifications: Ethics of assessment and intervention
in Practical Applications for the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics (2015) | AOTA Press (2017)
Rochelle Mendonca, Noralyn Pickens, Roger O. Smith

Occupational Therapists
in The Encyclopedia of Elder Care, 4th edition | Springer Publishing Co (2017)
Carol Getz Rice, Noralyn Pickens

Occupational Therapists
in The Encyclopedia of Elder Care, 3rd edition | Springer Publishing Co (2013)
Noralyn Pickens

Introduction to Occupation and Co-occupation
in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation | F.A.Davis (2011)
K. Pizur-Barnekow, Noralyn Pickens

Grief and Bereavement
in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation | F.A.Davis (2011)
Noralyn Pickens

Assistive Technology
in The Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2nd ed.) | Springer Publishing Company (2007)
J. M. Seitz, Noralyn Pickens

Occupational Therapists
in The Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2nd ed.) | Springer Publishing Company (2007)
Noralyn Pickens

Working with the dying older patient
in Aging: The Health Care Challenge | F.A.Davis (2002)
Noralyn Pickens

Occupational Therapy
in Complimentary Therapies in End-of-Life Care | National Hospice Organization (2001)
Noralyn Pickens, B. Thompson

Externally Funded Projects

Development of a Multi-Focal app for home reintegration: There's an app for that? -Subcontract with Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Year 3 of 3
National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) | $107,563.00 | 2017
Role: Principal Investigator

Access Ratings for Buildings: NextGen App
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) | $60,000.00 | 2017
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Development of a Multi-Focal app for home reintegration: There's an app for that? -Subcontract with Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Year 2 of 3
National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) | $107,563.00 | 2015
Role: Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

School of Occupational Therapy training and treatment clinic: Agape Clinic
TWU Teaching and Research Grant for Equipment (TARGET) | $14,360.00 | 2017
Research Grant

Comparison of Actigraph and FitBit - Criterion related validity and clinical utility
TWU Small Grants Competition | $750.00 | 2015
Research Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy