Back to Homepage Learn About NHU Learn About Financial Aid
Future Students
Resources for Current Students

Marcela Dickerson, B.S., B.A


B.S., University of Chile;
Degree in Nursing, Red Cross;
Degree in Religious Education, Catholic University of Chile

Research Interests
Languages, oral and written communication, human behavior

Professor Dickerson has been teaching in The National Hispanic University's Translation and Interpretation program since 1999. She is a certified legal and medical interpreter and translator with more than 30 years of experience, and she also teaches continuing education courses for certified court interpreters. She started her professional life in Chile as a teacher and surgical nurse, later obtaining bachelor's degrees in interpretation and translation and in occupational therapy. She has lectured about occupational therapy in Peru, South Africa, Germany, and Chile. In 2010, she was a visiting professor at INACAP Valparaíso and in 2011, at Universidad Viña del Mar. Her published papers include "Music Therapy in Handicapped Patients," "Activities of Daily Living for Women With Cardiovascular Disease," and "Rehabilitation in Alzheimer's Patients."

Professor Dickerson has been the Chilean delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and regional representative for the Americas to the World Health Organization. She was also an interpreter for four years for the United Nations in Chile, receiving a medal from the Chilean Navy for distinguished service as an interpreter and translator.


Learn about faculty in Translation and Interpretation.

Learn about faculty in other programs.