Deena Dimple Dsouza

Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy


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

    She is: 

        ·          BOT Teaching Faculty


Subject Subject code Semester
OT in mental Health IV year
OT in community practice IV year


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


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Occupational Therapy, MCHP, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Assistant Professor Clinical therapist in community mental health , 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


Area of Interest

Mental Health in Long term care, Community Mental Health, Child and Adolescents Mental Health

Work Experience

Organisation Role Tenure
Dr. M.V.Shetty COSH Clinical 2009
Dr. Majdi AL Halik Pediatric and Mental health rehabilitation center, Dubai Clinical Feb 2012-Feb 2015

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