University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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Faculty

Jess Holguin OTD, OTR/L

Jess Holguin

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
Phone: (323) 442-5370
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Biography

Jess Holguin works extensively with individuals who have experienced head injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, multitrauma, orthodepic conditions and other medically complex conditions. His clinical expertise derives from many years of experience, including his time as senior clinician for neurorehabilitation at St. Jude's regional brain injury rehabilitation center.
 
Dr. Holguin has been an invited lecturer on topics such as neurorehabilitation, cognition and visual perception at the University of Southern California and the Braille Institute/Center for the Partially Sighted. As an assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy, Dr. Holguin treats patients at Keck Hospital of USC, serves as mentor to faculty, residents and students, and develops programs targeting enhanced participation in meaningful activities for patients experiencing neurological dysfunction.
 
As a former member of the USC Well Elderly 2 randomized controlled trial team, Dr. Holguin contributed to the analysis and interpretation of research findings. His research interests include neurological rehabilitation, successful aging and the interrelated nature of well-being and participation in meaningful activity.

Education

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
University of Southern California
2011

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
2005

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
1996

Publications

Journal Articles

Carlson, M., Jackson, J., Mandel, D., Blanchard, J., Holguin, J., Lai, M. Y., Marterella, A., Vigen, C., Gleason, S., Lam, C., Azen, S., & Clark, F. (2014). Predictors of retention among African American and Hispanic older adult research participants in the Well Elderly 2 randomized controlled trial. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33, 357-382. doi:10.1177/0733464812471444. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

The purpose of this study was to document predictors of long-term retention among minority participants in the Well Elderly 2 Study, a randomized controlled trial of a lifestyle intervention for community-dwelling older adults. The primary sample included 149 African American and 92 Hispanic men and women aged 60 to 95 years, recruited at senior activity centers and senior residences. Chi-square and logistic regression procedures were undertaken to examine study-based, psychosocial and health-related predictors of retention at 18 months following study entry. For both African Americans and Hispanics, intervention adherence was the strongest predictor. Retention was also related to high active coping and average (vs. high or low) levels of activity participation among African Americans and high social network strength among Hispanics. The results suggest that improved knowledge of the predictors of retention among minority elders can spawn new retention strategies that can be applied at individual, subgroup, and sample-wide levels.