Tracy Jalaba OTD, OTR/L (she/her/hers)
Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Tracy Jalaba completed her doctoral residency at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice (OTFP), where she focused on expanding and improving the Lifestyle Redesign® program for Adults and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As a clinical faculty member, Dr. Jalaba continues to work at the OTFP primarily within their ASD, college student, mental health, sleep disorders, and health coaching programs. She has completed the training course for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and is a PEERS® Young Adult Certified Provider. Dr. Jalaba serves as a professional development coordinator for AOTA’s Mental Health Special Interest Section’s steering committee. In addition to her work at OTFP, she represented occupational therapy in the USC Office for Student Accessibility Services for seven years.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2015 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
2014 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science (BS)
in Exercise Biology
2010 | University of California, Davis
Jalaba, T. (2022, May 2). Occupational therapy’s role in addressing the mental health crisis on college campuses. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 7(2), 18–20. Full text
Jalaba, T., Smith, L., Rice, C., & Lawlor, M. (2018). Promoting wellness and healthy living for individuals with ASD. In R. Watling & S. L. Spitzer (Eds.), Autism across the lifespan: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (pp. 447-464). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press. Full text
April 15, 2020
Stress Management Tips for National Stress Awareness Day, from Dr. Tracy Jalaba of the USC OT Faculty Practice.
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder make up 12% of disabled student population at El Camino College ⟩
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El Camino College — The Union | May 29, 2019
The type of assistance that is needed by students with autism varies from person to person and depends on the proactiveness of the student to request accommodations, but sometimes, schools fail to meet every accommodation needed by some students, Tracy Jalaba an assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy at USC told The Union.