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Dr. Emily Piven (Formerly Dr. Emily Piven Haltiwanger) worked at the University of Texas at El Paso in the Rehabilitation Sciences Department at the College of Health Sciences from 2001-2011. She received her Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in 2004, Master’s Degree of Health Education from the Medical College of Georgia, and baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974. She is currently active in the World Federation of Occupational Therapists task force for development of an international education course on Disaster Preparedness and Response, in order to train disaster volunteers from the rehabilitation professions. Dr. Piven has published numerous research articles in psychosocial adaptation to diabetes and chronic illness in Mexican-Americans. She serves as Associate Editor of Occupational Therapy International, and Associate Editor of TANG: International Journal of Genuine Traditional Medicine. She is on the editorial boards of several open access online journals: Diabetes Research Open Journal, Open Access Journal of Frontier Medicine, Diabetes Research and Treatment, Open Journal of Depression, and the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. In 2011, she was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the El Paso Diabetes Association and the Academic Educator of the Year Award by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association in 2011. As a clinician, Dr. Piven worked in 23 rehabilitation settings expanding occupational therapy positions in Maryland, Missouri, South Carolina and Georgia. She was also in private practice for 18 years. She has been a pioneer in her profession developing individual and group interventions for management of diabetes for adolescents and elders for prevention of tertiary complications of the disease. She has presented her research in diabetes for the last 14 years at regional, national and international occupational therapy and health education conferences.
Her current diabetes interests include: secondary prevention; cultural diversity; psychosocial adaptation to diabetes and other chronic illnesses, the effect of glucose levels on frequency-domain measures of heart rate variability signals; and complementary and alternative medicine treatment of acute and chronic pain through acupuncture point activation