DepartmentDepartment of Biological Sciences
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • OTD, University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine


Dr. Elaine Kojima Chiu has enjoyed her work as an occupational therapist (OT) for over 23 years in clinical, school-based and academic settings. Before entering the allied health field, she earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art at the University of California, Irvine. Following graduation, she was involved with the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society’s Special Camp. Serving alongside adults and children with neuro-diverse backgrounds inspired her to change career directions to become an OT. Kojima Chiu went on to earn both her master’s and clinical doctorate degrees in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. As a clinic and school-based therapist specializing in sensory integration and adolescent to adult transitions, she has had the opportunity to work with children with different physical and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc. She also taught adolescent and pediatric intervention courses and worked as clinical fieldwork faculty at California State University Dominguez Hills' OT Department. Currently, Kojima Chiu is committed to helping develop the academic curriculum and fieldwork program for the new Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Biola University.


  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Occupational Therapy Association of California
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society
  • Redondo Beach Unified School District
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • California Children’s Services
  • Pediatric Therapy Network
  • Gallagher Pediatric Therapy
  • Bright Futures Cambodia


  • California Board of Occupational Therapy License
  • National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration
  • Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program
  • Beckman Oral Motor Assessment & Intervention
  • USC Occupational Therapy 610 sensory integration course
  • Southwest SELPA CAC Award 2019 & 2020
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