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Dalmina Arias

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Coordinator of Student Outreach and Enrollment, Occupational Therapy

Office Phone

(312) 996-1263


1919 W. Taylor St., 341 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment

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Dalmina Arias, OTD, OTR/L, is a clinical assistant professor and Coordinator of Student Outreach and Enrollment in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her clinical experience as an occupational therapist spans across the inpatient, outpatient, and home settings. Dr. Arias clinically serves as an occupational therapy practitioner at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Arias teaches content on the foundation of OT knowledge and skills; payment, policy, advocacy, and access; application, outcomes and interventions within OT practice.

Dr. Arias' research interests include addressing health disparities among minoritized individuals from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Arias is involved in creating evidence-informed health promotion interventions that address health disparities due to access, quality of care, and cultural barriers for individuals with chronic health conditions. In collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design, Dr. Arias consults on a project funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Health Equity Pilot Project. This project involves creating a community-based pilot program for individuals with hypertension and type-II diabetes.

Selected Grants

National Institute on Aging, Center for Health Equity in Cognitive Aging - Joining Population Science and Health Promotion, Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Scholar and Principal Investigator

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Health Equity Pilot Project, Me4Me,

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Leadership in the Profession

The DiversOTy Chicago Collective, Co-Founder

Illinois Occupational Therapy Association, Director of Finance