Dr. Emily Grullón is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University's Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Grullón’s research interests include the following: the therapeutic potential of cannabis as related to occupation and quality of life, and the impact of inequities on occupational engagement and occupational justice. Dr. Grullón has presented at national conferences and has been invited to speak on podcasts and universities regarding her expertise.
Dr. Grullón has worked with marginalized populations within her clinical practice as a hand therapist. In practice, she not only focuses on treating the condition, but instead on treating the individual as a whole, with a focus on reducing health inequities through an occupational justice lens. Dr. Grullón believes that as occupational therapists we must look beyond the medical model in order to be truly client-centered. Dr. Grullón recognizes that participation is not only impacted by medical conditions, but also by societal injustices.
In her free time, Dr. Grullón spends time with her dog Pippa and enjoys adventures in the great outdoors.
O.T.D., Nova Southeastern University, Tampa, Florida, United States
B.H.S., University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, United States
Professional Licensures (Healthcare)
OT, California, United States, 19710, Active, 2018, May 2023
Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions
Cannabis has been an area of interest within the healthcare field due the plant's medicinal properties. Although there is controversy within the United States regarding potential psychoactive effects of cannabinoids, there is no denying the fast-acting analgesic properties. A common method used for pain management is phonophoresis, a physical agent modality utilized by occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare professionals within a rehabilitation setting. Cannabinoids may be broken down into a form that can be used by phonophoresis, to potentially facilitate pain management, thus positively impacting therapeutic effects.
Honors and Awards
Fall 2017 - Fall 2017
Soul of Occupational Therapy: The Impact of Racial Microaggression on Occupation, 2017, Florida Occupational Therapy Association
Spring 2022 - Ongoing
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