University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Celso Delgado Jr. OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

Celso Delgado Jr. OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, joint appointment with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Pediatrics and Appointed Faculty at the USC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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Celso Delgado Jr. serves as an appointed faculty at USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Delgado’s role is to provide an occupational perspective and mental health services to children and families in the Child Full Service Partnership (FSP) program at UCEDD. FSP is designed to support people who have been historically underserved/unserved by services and experience significant emotional, psychological or behavioral needs. He is also an instructor of the Mental Health Practice Immersion course for students in the division’s entry-level professional program. He also provides remote supervision to occupational therapy students from the division placed at a mental health forensic program in Los Angeles.

Dr. Delgado has primarily provided services in community-based settings to populations that are considered “at risk.” He has experience as an intervener providing Lifestyle Redesign intervention in Spanish and English to people with spinal cord injuries at-risk of developing pressure ulcers through USC’s Pressure Ulcer Prevention Study, a research program that was funded by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Delgado has also worked at Occupational Therapy Training Program (Torrance, Calif.), where he provided occupation-based interventions to at-risk youth and families throughout the Greater Los Angeles area labeled with mental health illness.

Dr. Delgado is Board Certified in Mental Health by the American Occupation Therapy Association. He was elected and served in the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) Board of Directors from 2014-17. He was a 2017 recipient of OTAC’s Vision Award. Since 2011, he has served as a faculty advisor for Troy Camp at USC.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2010 | University of Southern California

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

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology
2003 | University of Southern California



Journal Articles

Pyatak, E. A., Díaz, J., & Delgado, C. (2015). Engage/Trojan Neighbors: A community service partnership between an academic division and residential community. Work, 52(3), 503-508. Show abstractHide abstract

This paper describes the case of an after-school program, focused on providing enrichment opportunities for neighborhood youth, jointly administered through an academic division and residential community within a large urban research university. The program, originally conceived as an activity-based after-school program for middle school youth, expanded in scope in response to both community and student needs. The resident faculty fellow in this community served as a liaison between the academic division and office of residential education, helping maintain continuity and facilitating effective student leadership of the program. In this case, we detail the origins and evolution of the program, including strategies used to resolve challenges that arose over several years of program implementation.