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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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New USC study shows occupational therapy improves health, quality of life of young adults with diabetes

NIH-funded REAL Diabetes study is first occupational therapy research trial to appear in diabetes literature

, in General News

By Mike McNulty New results from a University of Southern California-led research study demonstrate the distinct value of occupational therapy for improving the health and quality of life of young adults living with diabetes. Research participants who completed the Resilient,... Read more

Lawlor begins term as AOTF board chair

Term as chair of AOTF's Board of Trustees runs until 2020

, in General News

Mary Lawlor / Photo by Phil Channing On Jan. 1, Associate Chair and Professor Mary Lawlor began her term as chair of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The term runs until 2020. “I am delighted, honored and... Read more

Keeping pain at bay

Assistant Research Professor Stacey Schepens Niemiec offers tips for better pain management in the New Year

, in General News

By Lita Smith-Mines/Boating Times Long Island Photo courtesy of Boating Times Long Island The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons... Read more

Zemke to receive 2018 Award of Merit

, in General News

Professor Emerita Ruth Zemke has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Award of Merit. The rarefied honor, to be formally awarded at the 2018 AOTA Conference in Salt Lake City, recognizes those select few... Read more

“Why PhD?” Applying to the USC Chan PhD program

With Friday's approaching deadline to apply to the USC Chan PhD in Occupational Science degree program, first-year occupational science PhD student Raymond Hernandez shares his rationale for pursuing a PhD degree at USC

, in General News, Student News

By Raymond Hernandez PhD ’22 USC occupational science student Raymond Hernandez PhD ’22 We all use our own strategies when trying to make the big decisions in life. Some common examples include: “going with your gut,” making a pros/cons list,... Read more

The veteran occupational therapist

In commemoration of Veterans Day 2017, USC Chan alumna and U.S. Army veteran Jen Hermanson reflects on what it means to be a veteran occupational therapist

, in General News, Student News, Alumni News

By Jen Hermanson MA ’15, OTD ’16 Photo courtesy of Army Medicine When I agreed to write this article I thought it would be pretty easy. Hey, I’m a veteran and an OT, so I feel like I’m highly qualified... Read more

3 things I’ve learned about veterans

In advance of Veterans Day, USC Chan alumna Alison Cogan shares a few thoughts about working with veterans from her perspectives as an occupational scientist and occupational therapist

, in General News, Alumni News

By Alison Cogan MA ’12, PhD ’17 2017 commemorative Veterans Day poster/Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Outreach Office Veterans Day marks a national holiday dedicated to recognizing all of the men and women who have served our country in... Read more

Occupational therapy’s unique value in breast cancer care

Assistant Clinical Professor Michelle Lee Hsia discusses the unique value of occupational therapy services during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

, in General News

By Michelle Lee Hsia / Photo by Ted Fu Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, claiming the lives of more 40,500 people each year. Thanks to improvements in early detection and advances in medical... Read more

OTAC 2017: Interview with student presenter Ranier Barrett MA ’18

More than 80 Trojan faculty members, students and alumni are presenting during the 2017 conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, including master's degree student Ranier Barrett MA ’18; Student Ambassador Erika Lim MA ’18 spoke with Barrett about her experience preparing for her first professional conference presentation, titled "Occupational Justice in Relation to Youth in Juvenile Hall"

, in General News, Student News

Ranier Barrett MA ’18/Photo courtesy of Ranier Barrett Congratulations on being a presenter at OTAC! How are you feeling about presenting? I oscillate between elation and apprehension. Hailing from an undergraduate performance background, I’m looking forward to the presentation part;... Read more

Making aging more mobile with new smartphone app

NIH-funded MovingUp app developed by Schepens Niemiec will be first of its kind

, in General News

By Mike McNulty / USC News If the infomercials are to be believed, older adults want cellphones that are anything but smart. With oversized displays and one-touch medical alert buttons, products like the Jitterbug flip phone are simple by design.... Read more

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