University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Michaelann Gabriele, OTD ‘13, MA ‘12

Michaelann Gabriele, OTD ‘13, MA ‘12

OTD program

Track: Policy and Administrative Leadership

In my OTD, I focused on understanding the effects of healthcare policies on the pediatric population’s access and reimbursement to care. I took OT 610: Sensory Integration to develop expertise in a specific area of pediatric practice and PM 585: Child Health Policy, a Preventive Medicine course at the USC Keck School of Medicine for an in-depth look at policy issues that address the pediatric population and insight into how such policies are developed. Through my coursework and residency at a private pediatric clinic, I developed a deeper understanding of business plans and administrative techniques that keep occupational therapy clinics running smoothly and positioned myself for leadership roles as I continue in my career.

Karen McNulty, OTD ‘08, MA ‘04

Karen McNulty, OTD ‘08, MA ‘04

OTD program

Track: Educational Leadership

For my OTD project, I created an occupational therapy intervention program: Lifestyle Redesign® for the College Student. I took courses through the USC Rossier School of Education - EDUC 531: A Survey of Students with Disabilities and EDCO 500: The Counseling Process - where I gained a greater understanding of the history of students with disabilities in higher education and reflected on my own skills as a therapist. I was able to form valuable connections on campus which eventually led to the creation of an OT position in USC Disability Services and Programs. I am now a full-time lecturer at University College Cork in Ireland and the OTD was the key reason I was hired.

 

Janna Kuntz, OTD ‘10, MA ‘08

Janna Kuntz, OTD ‘10, MA ‘08

OTD program

Track: Advanced Clinical Practice

In my OTD, I focused on assisting veterans in their reintegration following combat. I was able to individualize my coursework through two independent study electives: one in qualitative interviewing to help me assess barriers to engagement in rehabilitation and support services and the other in entrepreneurship through the USC Marshall School of Business to guide me in creating a community based, non-profit run by the very population I aimed to serve—combat veterans. Through my OTD, I founded Xtreme Sports 4 Veterans Incorporated and I was able to impact not only the culture of veteran support in my community, but also the lives of many combat veterans and their family members in Montana.

Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD ‘07, BS-MA ‘06

Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD ‘07, BS-MA ‘06

OTD program

Track: Policy and Administrative Leadership

I was and still am very interested in how public policy impacts the health and wellness of communities. In my OTD coursework, I made sure to take classes in the USC Price School of Public Policy and I also took leadership courses so that I can continue to develop programs, create organizational structures, and be an influence in the growth of associations, academia, and facilities in which I am involved. I believe that it is because of my OTD that I have received so many career growth opportunities including: program development committees, guest lectures/presentations, video presentations, labor/management committees, state and national association leadership, AOTA Emerging Leader program, non-profit board, and leadership roles at my facility.

Chantelle Rice, OTD ‘09, BS-MA ‘08

Chantelle Rice, OTD ‘09, BS-MA ‘08

OTD program

Track: Advanced Clinical Practice

I wanted to expand occupational therapy services at USC into the realm of diabetes management. In additional to my occupational science and occupational therapy coursework, I took PM 599: Public Health Approaches to Diabetes, a Preventive Medicine course at the Keck School of Medicine, for the most recent medical-based research and client-center practice and ANTH 604: Bodies and Practice, an Anthropology course, to increase my ability to perceive the “lived-experience” of illness from the clients’ perspective.  For my OTD project, I created the USC Lifestyle Redesign® Diabetes Program and at the conclusion of my OTD, I was hired by the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice to continue to implement that program.

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