Deena Dimple Dsouza

Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy


    Deena Dimple Dsouza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at MCHP, MAHE, Manipal.

        Academic Responsibilities

                  BOT & MOT Teaching Faculty

                  Class Coordinator VII & VIII Semester BOT

                  Clinical Supervisor- Mental Health

                  Interns Thesis Guide

                  MOT Thesis Co-Guide 

                  Project Supervisor 

                  Teacher Guardian 

                  Subject Incharge- Basic Competencies for Occupational Therapists-I and OT in Mental Health 

    Institutional Responsibilities

                   Member of Academics Operations Empowered Committee 



Subject Semester / Year
Basic Competencies for Occupational Therapists-I I Semester/ I BOT
Enabling Occupations V Semester/ III BOT
OT in Mental Health VIII Semester/ IV BOT
Occupational therapy in mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation-II IV Semester/ II MOT


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Masters in Occupational Therapy Mental Health & Psychosocial Rehabilitation Manipal University 2017
Bachelor in Occupational Therapy Manipal University 2009


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Occupational Therapy, MCHP, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Assistant Professor BOT Clinical Supervisor, BOT Teaching Faculty Sept 2017 - till date
Department of Occupational Therapy, SOAHS, Manipal University Assistant Lecturer Teaching /Clinical Sept 2009- Jan 2012
Dr. Majdi El-Halik Pediatric Mental and Physical Rehabilitation Centre, Dubai Occupational Therapist Clinical February 2012- February 2015


Area of Interest

Children and Adolescents (Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Promotion and Disease Prevention ), Behavioral Addictions ( particulary Online gaming, Internet ), Occupational Balance

Area of Expertise

Occupational Therapy in Mental health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Area of Research

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Life member of All India Occupational Therapist`s Assosiation

Problem Identification Grid--- an assessment tool for acute mental health inpatient settings

2012-05-05 Vinita Acharya

Assessment of clients is essential for effective treatment planning and implementation. Acute psychiatric settings in Occupational Therapy pose specific challenges due to their unpredictable nature, acute symptoms of clients and wide variety of client diagnoses and backgrounds. Therapists working in these settings need to be very skilled at effective assessment in short duration as clients’ symptoms and dysfunction keep fluctuating as against a chronic set-up with more stable clients. Common tools, presently in use, focus on specific areas or performance components and are restricted to a particular frame of reference. Problem Identification Grid is recommended for acute psychiatric settings for quick initial assessment of clients. It may be used as a checklist to identify areas of dysfunction and may help to broadly differentiate the higher functioning clients from the lower functioning ones. Due to its nature and design, it gives one glance idea about the client’s functioning and facilitates faster problem identification and goal setting. It covers performance areas like ADL, work and also components like physical abilities, cognitive functioning, communication skills, emotional aspects etc. Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 44 (2), 11-14

Aggregated COVID-19 suicide incidences in India: Fear of COVID-19 infection is the prominent causative factor

Psychiatry Research, June 2020, 290, 113145 Ms. Deena Dimple Dsouza Mrs. Shalini Quadros Ms. Zainab Juzer Hyderabadwala Mr. Mohammed A. Mamun

Online Gaming During the COVID-19 Pandemic in India: Strategies for Work-Life Balance

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction I 10 July 2020 Kritika Premnath Amin Mark D Griffiths Deena Dimple Dsouza

Occupational therapy interventions in mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention among adolescents in school settings: A Scoping Review

January 2022 R M Ambika Anaha Sunny Rahul K Aathma S A Deena Dimple Dsouza

Impact of COVID-19 on Sleep: A Scoping Review

January 2021 Soumya Raju Zainab Juzer Aksa Anna John Noel Ashish Shajen Deena Dimple Dsouza

    "Let's talk-Healthy at any Weight"

    Daiji world weekly I Vol.10 Issue November 21 2018

    "Bullying: Is it becoming part of school life?"

    Daiji world weekly I Vol. 9 Issue 47, May 18, 2018

    Internet Addiction among youth

    Radio Talk -FM 90.4 - June 19, 2019

    Flowers & Garbage

    13th March 2020

    Workshop on Challenges faced by Adolescents at Sharadha International School, Udupi

    Online Gaming in Children and Youth

    Radio Talk -FM 90.4- January 2020

    Gaming and Everyday Life

    Daijiworld TV- 2 October 2021

    Play it Safe- A Guide to Online Gaming for Parents and Teachers

    Radio Talk -FM 90.4 - 20 April, 2022

    Let's Talk Mental Health

    Webinar, 14 June 2021