Andrew D. Rivera joined Huntington University in January 2019 as its first occupational therapy doctoral alumnus to become faculty. Before making Fort Wayne his home, he lived and worked in the New York metropolitan area and obtained his undergraduate degree in social & behavioral sciences with a concentration in psychology from Seton Hall University. He has seven-years’ experience within the health and well-being industry. As an occupational therapist, Andrew has over two years’ experience practicing in ergonomics, skilled nursing, in-patient rehabilitation, and home healthcare. Andrew also has previous experience in academia providing instruction in theories of strength & conditioning within exercise science.
Andrew began his career practicing in contemporary/alternative medicine as a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in orthopedic, medical, and sports practices. In conjunction with his manual therapy, he was a fellowship grant recipient for Harvard T.H. Chan’s School of Public Health’s “Work, Health, & Well-being” program, and trained in ergonomic evaluation specialty. During his doctoral residency, Andrew immersed himself within a 15,000-employee public utility company in New York City; there he provided work-related injury prevention strategies, techniques, and education while creating a sustainable system for streamlining ergonomic interventions to mitigate cumulative trauma disorders and establish trust between the employee and the Health & Safety Department. His experience and doctoral studies qualified him to become board certified as an Associate Ergonomics Professional (AEP).
Andrew continues to be clinically active at Lutheran Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne. Andrew is the Northeast District Director for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association and believes in promotion, advocacy, and developing a better future for occupational therapy practitioners and the patients that are treated through evidence-based interventions. He has research interests which include quality of life, work-life balance, and injury prevention. He believes he is called to serve for God’s purpose and engage in mission trips.
For his leisure, Andrew looks forward to spending time with his wife, family, playing men’s church softball, traveling, and participating in his men’s fellowship group.
“13Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14Do everything in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
- Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Huntington University
- Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Psychology from Seton Hall University
Licenses and Certifications
- Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed (OTR/L)
- Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
- Associate Ergonomics Professional (AEP)
- Worked in the healthcare industry in the New York Metropolitan Area
- Has clinical experience in ergonomics, skilled nursing, inpatient rehab, and home healthcare
- Adjunct professor of exercise science at the Indiana Institute of Technology
Publications and Awards
- “Use of Dexteria application to improve fine motor coordination in the nondominant hand” (American Society of Hand Therapy Conference, 2016)
- Fellowship grant recipient: Harvard T.H. Chan’s School of Public Health’s “Work, Health, and Well-being” program
- American Occupational Therapist Association
- Northeast District Director, Indiana Occupational Therapy Association
- Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics
- National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy
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