Interprofessional Education Between Occupational Therapy and Dental Hygiene at Loma Linda University

Today, the second year occupational therapy students met with the first year dental hygiene students to review ergonomic evaluation recommendations in an effort to prevent injuries by striving for optimal posturing, arranging the work environmnet, and incorporating a stretching routine. In turn, the dental hygiene students taught the occupational therapy students more about oral hygiene health and supplied toothbrushes, mouthwash, and floss. The collaborative approach fostered new friendships and demonstrated the value of interprofessional education provided by Loma Linda University.

50th Anniversary SAHP Homecoming Gala

Dear Alumni,

We would like to invite you to attend the 50th Anniversary SAHP Homecoming Gala on Saturday April 23rd from 7:30-9:30pm at the Drayson Center. It will be a fun evening with great food, friendship, and silent auctions to support student scholarships. Visit to register for the gala and for continuing education courses.

As an alumni you can register for free for the gala. We hope to see you there!

Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor, MOT Program Director Department of Occupational Therapy
Loma Linda University

2015-2016 Faculty Scholarly Endeavors

PC: Dr. Art Kroetz

Department of Occupational Therapy
Transforming lives through occupation, service, and advocacy
Scholarly Activity 2015-2016

Peer Reviewed Publications

• Krpalek, D., Javaherian-Dysinger, H, & Hewitt, L. (2016). Health Profiles of allied health
students enrolled in a faith-based institution. Journal of Allied Health.

• Javaherian, H., Krpalek, D., Huecker, E., Hewitt, L. Brown, C., Cabrera, M., Francis, J., Rogers, K., & Server, S. (2015, Dec.). Occupational needs and goals of survivors of domestic violence. Accepted by Occupational Therapy in Health Care. 1-9.

• Farahat, E., Javaherian-Dysinger, H., Rice, G., Schneider, L., Daher, N., & Heine, N. (Accepted January 2015). Nutrition Students’ Perceptions of the Educational Value of a Formative Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). Submitted to Journal of Allied Health.

Peer Reviewed Submissions

• Garcia, L., Kugel, J., Javaherian-Dysinger, H., & Huecker, E. (2016). Developing an Indigenous, Entry-level Master Degree Program in a Country with an Emerging OT Profession. Submitted to Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

• Hemberger, C., Kugel, J., Krpalek, D., & Javaherian, H. (2016). Exploring the impact of an occupational therapy wellness program. Submitted to the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

• Kugel, J., Javaherian, H., & Hewitt, L. (2016). The role of occupational therapy in community based programming: Addressing childhood promotion. Submitted to Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.


• Krpalek, D. (2015). Exploring the Effectiveness of an Occupation-Based Intervention: An Experimental Study with Calligraphy”. SAHP Research Seed Money, $2269.32.

• Krpalek, D., & Javaherian, H. (2015). Experiences of Participating in the Complete Health Improvement Program: Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle. CFOT Research Seed Money.

• Kugel, J. (2016). The Walmart Community Grants Team and Facility # 1692 are pleased to inform you that your Community Grant application has been selected to receive a $1,500.00 grant.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publication

• Javaherian, H., Lewis, K., Moss, L., & Hewitt, L. (2016). Legacy building: A pilot program. Submitted to OT Practice, February 2015. Accepted for February 2016.

State and Regional Presentations

• De Brun, J. (2015). Characteristics of Substance Abuse Versus Mental Illness: A Pediatric Occupational Therapy Perspective. San Luis Obispo Country Children and Family Services.

• De Brun, J. (2015). Early Intervention: A Transdisciplinary Approach. San Bernardino County Children’s Network.

• Javaherian-Dysinger, H. (2015, Oct). Integrating health into underserved areas: CHIP and DV. OTAC Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA. 1.5 contact hours.

• Javaherian, H., Linas, C., & Wheeler, R. (2015). Health Profiles of Persons with Disabilities:
Implications for Health and Lifestyle in Rehabilitation. OTAC Spring Fling, Paradise Pier Hotel, 1.5 Contact hours.

• Palladino, J. (2015), Problem –Solving Fieldwork Dilemmas. Co-presented to fieldwork coordinator/educators at Collaborative Southern California Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Council Annual Meeting, University of California, Irvine, Medical Center

• Roese, H. & Palladino, J. (2015). Supporting Health and Participation for Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers. 2.0 contact hours
Co-presented for clinicians, faculty and students at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Homecoming Weekend.

• Roese, H. & Palladino, J. (2015). Supporting Health and Participation for Individuals with Dementia and their Caregivers.
Co-presented for occupational therapy students and faculty from Jikei College, Osaka Japan.

• Roese, H., & Hewitt, L. (2016). Fall Prevention: Caring for you and your loved one. Inland Empire Alzheimer’s Support, Calimesa, California

• Salamat, A. (2015). Trauma and Early Childhood. Child Care Resource Center.

• Salamat, A. (2015). Beyond Sleeping and Eating: How to Promote all Domains of Development with Infants. The CCRC Institute: For Teachers, Site Directors, Family Child Care Providers, Unlicensed Care Givers and Child Advocates.

• Salamat, A. (2015). Caring for Vulnerable Children. San Bernardino County, Social Workers Adoption Unit

• Krpalek, D. (2016). When rubble settles: Occupational therapy in post-earthquake Haiti. Annual Faculty Showcase, Loma Linda University.

• Krpalek, D. (2016). Health profiles of allied health students in faith-based universities. Annual Faculty Showcase, Loma Linda University.

• Rakoski, D. (2016). Mobile Computer Therapy: Maximizing Acute Care Goals. OTAC Spring
Fling, San Diego, CA.

National Presentations

• Krpalek, D., Javaherian, H., & Hewitt, L. (2016). Designing Occupational Therapy Services in a Primary Care Setting: Successful Strategies and Lessons Learned. AOTA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

• Javaherian, H. (2016). End of Life Care and the Power of Occupation. AOTA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

• Javaherian, H. (2016). Role of OT and DV. AOTA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

• Rakoski, D. & Ferguson, R. (2015). Hands-On Clinical Reasoning with Everyday Technologies for Occupation-Based Interventions. Pre-conference institute presented at the Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

• Rakoski, D. & Ferguson, R. (2015). Therapeutic Use of Technology: Case-based Clinical Reasoning with Everyday Technology. Short Course presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Specialty Conference – Adults with Stroke, New Orleans, LA.

• Rakoski, D., & Donahue, M. (2015). Shooting for a Higher Target: Taking Computer Access
Beyond Device Selection. Workshop presented at the Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, Denver, CO.

• Rakoski, D. Lindstrom, D., Gitlow, L., Bondoc, S., & Ferguson, R. (2015). A Clinical Reasoning Approach to the Use of Everyday Technology to Support Engagement in Occupation and Participation. Poster presented at the Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Nashville, TN.

• Rakoski, D. (2015). Virtual Context of Occupation: Integrating Everyday Technology Into Everyday Practice. Short Course presented at the Saginaw Valley State University – 2015 SOTA Conference, Saginaw, MI.

• Rakoski, D. (2016). What can you MaKey-MaKey? Creative Switch Adaptations for Engaging Interventions. AOTA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

• Rakoski, D. (2016). Supporting Engagement in Occupation and Participation: A Clinical Reasoning Approach to the Use of Everyday Technology. AOTA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

• Salamat, A. (2015). Characteristics of motor development in young children who experienced maltreatment. American Occupational Therapy Association. Annual Conference.

• Salamat, A. (2016). AOTA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Faculty Pursuing Doctoral Degrees

• Stacey Cunningham – PhD in Social Policy & Social Research, Loma Linda University.

• Sharon Pavlovich – PhD in Management, Walden University.

• Praveen Injeti – PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Grand Canyon University (application stage)

Other Scholarly Activity

Harvard Macy Scholars
• Sharon Pavlovich, 2014, 2015
• Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, 2015