Headshot of Terry Peralta.

Terry Peralta-Catipon, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor and Department Chair
 Occupational Therapy
Email: tperalta@csudh.edu
(310) 243-2812

Contact Preference: Email

Areas of Expertise

Cultural Studies, Diaspora, Diversity, Ethnic Studies, Ethnography, Geriatrics, Globalization, Hand Therapy, Health Care, Home Health, Immigration Studies, Mental Health, Migration, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation

Professional Background

Dr. Peralta-Catipon has practiced as an occupational therapist in areas of adult out-patient rehab, hand therapy, home health, as well as community geriatrics and mental health. In addition, her research studies on Filipino communities, both among older adults in Los Angeles and foreign workers in Hong Kong, as well as studies on health and wellness among Hispanic and other migrant populations, display her interest in ethnographic research especially in the areas of migrant adaptation, community wellness programs for older adults, and promotion of cultural occupations.

International Experience

Philippines and Hong Kong


English, Filipino


Ph.D., Occupational Science, University of Southern California
M.A., Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California
B.S., Zoology, University of the Philippines


Collective Occupations Among Filipino Migrants: Bridging Conflicting Identities, Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 2012

Personal Factors Predictive of Health-Related Lifestyles of Community-Dwelling Older Adults
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2011

Statue Square as a Liminal Sphere: Transforming Space and Place in Migrant Adaptation
Journal of Occupational Science, 2009

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Living Long and Prospering: Occupational Therapy Program Promotes Carson Seniors’ Health, CSUDH Campus News Center, 2016