Professor, Associate Director
Texas Woman's University
Dr. Pickens is Professor and Associate Director, School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University. Her research emphasizes the value of supporting clients’ occupational engagement in context. Recognizing that one cannot consider occupational performance without the understanding of how the social and physical environments along with the cultural, temporal, virtual, and political / economic contexts impact the daily activities and lives of our clients and their families. She is interested in how people naturally engage in occupation as supported by their contexts and how health care providers support people in the occupational roles in the home and community environments, whatever stage of life or living situation.