Heather Javaherian-Dysinger Faculty Profile

Dr. Javaherian has been practicing in occupational therapy for nearly 20 years. In 2004 she received her doctorate in occupational therapy with a focus in domestic violence from Creighton University. Dr. Javaherian is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master’s of Occupational Therapy Program at Loma Linda University. Her teaching emphasis involves research, evidence-based practice, education, community program development, and health promotion. She enjoys community practice and supervises interns at a domestic violence agency and oversees various program development projects in domestic violence, palliative care, and lifestyle and health. Dr. Javaherian has co-authored a position statement on domestic violence for the American Occupational Therapy Association and is lead and contributing author in other peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed articles in practice, education and end of life care. On the side she is a co-founder of Roots Down, Inc., a non-profit for survivors of domestic violence. She enjoys family time with her kids, dogs, and husband, crafting, rock climbing though she is afraid of heights, and good food.