Elaina DaLomba Faculty Photo

Elaina DaLomba

Assistant Professor PhD, OTR/L

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

OCCTH-750 Capstone Project Planning and Development
OCCTH-750L Capstone Project Planning and Development Lab
OCCTH-715 Guided Research Seminar
OCCTH-730 Research Synthesis Project
OCCTH-735 Capstone Project Development
OCCTH-735L Capstone Project Development
OCCTH-716Therapeutic Media, Materials and Processes
OCCTH-716L Therapeutic Media, Materials and Processes Lab
OCCTH-722L Guided Research Seminar
OCCTH-632L/732L Advanced Clinical Practice Pediatrics
OCCTH-719 Human Occupation Throughout the Lifespan
OCCTH-724 Conditions of Human Dysfunction
OCCTH-603/703 Integrative Seminar Practice 3

About Me

Elaina has has lived and worked throughout the US and world with her husband John and their three sons as a US Air Force family.  They enjoy hiking, running, travel, and family service projects.  She enjoys learning about occupational therapy and healthcare in other cultures and areas of the world and has presented her research at conferences in the US and Europe.


Elaina received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Providence College in 1987 and her Master of Social Work from Tulane University in 1988.  She worked in adolescent/pediatric mental health and then in adolescent/pediatric brain injury programs following graduation.  After working with occupational therapists as a rehabilitation social worker she decided to pursue her of Master of Occupational Therapy degree, graduating from Tufts University in 1997 and working with clients of all ages until deciding to focus on children and families.  Her experience as an active duty military spouse with its unique challenges led her to work in schools and early childhood intervention programs within the Department of Defense Schools and then schools/neighborhoods with heavy military family representation.   She earned her PhD in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University in 2015 and transitioned into full time academic work. Elaina continues to work clinically with infants and families through the North Bay Regional Center, one day a week.

Teaching Interests

Elaina enjoys teaching interactively and collaboratively with students and colleagues in the Advanced Clinical Skills Pediatric Participant Lab as well as Integrative Seminar III.  She finds mentoring students through the Guided Research and Capstone processes to be the most rewarding as these formats allow for deeper connections between students and instructors. 

Scholarly Interests

Elaina's research interests include: infant-toddler and family system occupational health, participation and adjustment; military family issues; and student approaches to learning and teaching


2019 Fingerhut, P., Dalomba, E., & Li, C. (in press). Responsiveness of Life Participation for Parents (LPP®): A Tool for Family-Centered Rehabilitation. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 10.1080/01942638.2019.1566194.

Grajo, L., Boisellle, A., & DaLomba, E. (2018).  Defining The Construct of Occupational Adaptation. In L. Grajo and A. Boiselle (Eds.) Occupation and Adaptation: Multidimensional Perspectives.  Thoroughfare, NJ. Slack.

Grajo, L.; Boisselle, A.; & DaLomba, E. (2018). "Occupational Adaptation as a Construct: A Scoping Review of Literature," The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 6:
Iss. 1, Article 2. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1400

Ryan, K.; Beck, M.; Ungaretta, L.; Rooney, M.; DaLomba, E.; & Kahanov, L. (2018) "Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educator Practices and Preferences in Clinical Education," The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 6:
 Issue 1, Article 12. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1362

DaLomba, E., Baxter, M., Fingerhut, P. & O’Donnell, A. (2017).
The Effects of Sensory Processing and Behavior of Toddlers on Parent Participation: A pilot study.  Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention. dx.doi.org/10.1080/19411243.2016.1257968

DaLomba, E., & Baxter, F. (2015). Toilet training and autism:
How occupational therapy can help. OT Practice 29(2), 7–12.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Elaina maintains membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association; the World Federation of Occupational Therapists; the California Occupational Therapy Association

Community Service

Elaina is the current Quarterly Editor for the American Occupational Therapy Association's Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section.  She serves on the City of Benicia's Human Service Board and is an active member of the Parent-Teacher-Student Associations where her children attend school.  She is a committee chair for Benicia Grad Night (an alcohol free event for graduating seniors).  She is a also member of the Rotary International Organization.