Celso Delgado Jr. OTD, OTR/L, BCMH (he/him/his)
Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Celso Delgado, Jr. OTD, OTR/L, BCMH is an associate professor of clinical occupational therapy in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. His practice expertise includes community-based mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation, in particular Full Service Partnership (FSP) services that provide care to persons labeled with psychiatric disabilities in California. FSP is designed to support populations who experience significant emotional, psychological or behavioral needs and have been historically underserved/unserved by systems and public services. He has worked as an occupational therapist in the FSP programs at Occupational Therapy Training Program (Torrance, Calif.) and at USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles serving children, transitional age youth and their families. Dr. Delgado has research 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.
He is currently an instructor of the mental health practice immersion course for students in the division’s entry-level professional program. He also teaches classes that focus on occupation-centered programs for the community and healthcare communication with Spanish-speaking clients. In addition, he provides fieldwork education and doctoral level mentorship to graduate students from the division placed at community-based mental health settings and psychiatric hospitals in Los Angeles County for their level II fieldwork or residencies.
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. He is a member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity. 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)
2003 | University of Southern California
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. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-152193 Show 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.
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November 25, 2020
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March 19, 2020
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July 19, 2019
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April 3, 2018
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September 27, 2017
By Mike McNulty Eight Trojans have been named recipients of annual awards presented by the Occupational Therapy Association of California, a non-profit professional society that represents the interests of the more than 15,000 occupational therapy practitioners working in California. Associate Chair…
October 3, 2014
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May 8, 2014
By Mike McNulty IPGC wins Extraordinary Engagement Award Two division faculty members received year-end awards from university organizations in recognition of their dedication to serving students and the community. Assistant clinical professor Ashley Halle (pictured second from left) received an…
March 26, 2014
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October 22, 2013
85 Trojan alumni and faculty will be presenting at the 2013 Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, Oct. 24-27 at the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center. On the evening of Friday Oct. 25, be sure to join your USC Trojan Family at the conference's alumni cocktail mixer.…