Sheama Krishnagiri

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

San Jose State University, Department of Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor


Sheama Krishnagiri is currently an assistant professor on tenure track. She earned her Baccalaureate degree in Kinesiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and her Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has the distinction of being the first person to earn a Ph.D. in Occupational Science from the University of Southern California in 1994. Dr. Krishnagiri has over 15 years experience teaching at the master's and doctoral levels in Occupational Therapy. Her research interests are is in the area of social occupations and efficacy studies. In particular, she has examined the occupation of mate selection is several populations, most recently with older adults. She has also studied the occupation of hanging out and building communities in the virtual context. Dr. Krishnagiri currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Study of Occupation – USA. Additionally, she serves as an emeritus member of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education after a total of 10 years of service. Her clinical experience most recently has been in the area of pediatrics with a few years of practice in adult physical disabilities prior to that.

Phone: (408)924-3090


Selected publications include:

Howard, S. & Krishnagiri S. (2001). The Use of Manual Edema Mobilization for Subacute Persistent Edema in a Multiple Trauma Patient . Journal of HandTherapy, 14, 291-30.

Krishnagiri, S. (2000). Occupations and their Dimensions . In J. Hinojosa and M.L.Blount (Eds.) The Texture of Life. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Krishnagiri, S. (1996) Mate Selection as Occupation. In F. Clark and R. Zemke (Eds.) Occupational Science: The Evolving Discipline. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.

Krishnagiri, S. (1994). Mate Selection as an Occupation. Doctoral dissertation. University of Southern California.


Completed data collection last summer on dating and mating in the older adult population in South Florida. Data analysis is in process. Comparison of the occupation will be made to data with adults and those with physical disability.

Will be looking at the meaning of hanging out in various other populations including the older adult population. Leisure occupations amongst the elderly are another area of interest to be pursued.