University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Lisa Deshaies OTR/L, CHT

Lisa Deshaies

Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
Phone: (562) 401-7425
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Lisa Deshaies has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years, with extensive clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient physical disabilities rehabilitation at the world-renowned Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. She received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire and headed to California to practice as an occupational therapist. She specializes in upper extremity arthritis, burns, amputations, prosthetics, fractures and other surgical or traumatic conditions. She obtained her credential as a Certified Hand Therapist in 1995. Lisa has authored chapters in four occupational therapy and hand therapy textbooks. She has presented over 50 sessions on hand-related and occupational therapy-related topics at the local, state, and national levels. Lisa is particularly interested in, and passionate about, the infusion of client-centered and occupation-based practice into the otherwise dominant medical model of upper extremity rehabilitation.


Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
University of New Hampshire


Book Chapters

Cooper, C., & Deshaies, L. D. (2008). Splinting for the fingers. In B. M. Coppard & H. Lohman (Eds.), Introduction to splinting: A clinical reasoning & problem-solving approach (3rd ed.). (pp. 258-278). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. Link to full text

Deshaies, L. D. (2008). Upper extremity orthoses. In M. V. Radomski & C. A. T. Latham (Eds.), Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction (6th ed.). (pp. 421-464). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Link to full text

Deshaies, L. D. (2007). Burns. In C. Cooper (Ed.), Fundamentals of hand therapy: Clinical reasoning and treatment guidelines for common diagnoses of the upper extremity. (pp. 398-403). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. Link to full text

Deshaies, L. D. (2006). Arthritis. In H. M. Pendleton & W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti’s occupational therapy: Practice skills for physical dysfunction (6th ed.). (pp. 950-982). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier. Link to full text

Deshaies, L. D. (2002). Upper extremity orthoses. In C. A. Trombly & M. V. Radomski (Eds.), Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Journal Articles

Deshaies, L. D., Yasuda, Y. L., & Beardmore, T. (1994). Occupational therapy management of a patient with severe polymyositis. Arthritis Care and Research, 7(2), 104-107. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

The purpose of this article is to illustrate with a case study the process through which a patient with polymyositis taking part in an occupational therapy program achieved functional improvement in spite of persistent muscle weakness. Although the focus is on the occupational therapy program, close monitoring of patient improvement or regression by the total rehabilitation team was essential in order to adjust the patient's weekly activity level for maximum benefit.

Other Articles

Deshaies, L. D., Bauer, E. R., & Berro, M. (2001). Occupation-based treatment in physical disabilities. OT Practice, 6, 13-17. Link to full text

Deshaies, L. D. (1997). Comprehensive management of upper extremity edema. AOTA Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 20(3), 1-4. Link to full text