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Interview with student Kim Jones MA ’18

February is Black History Month, and Student Ambassador Erika Lim MA ’18 spoke with master's degree student Kim Jones MA ’18 about what led her to occupational therapy, her experiences as a student at USC Chan and how identity, authenticity and diversity enable occupational therapists to provide the best service possible.

, in General News, Student News

Photo courtesy of Kim Jones Thanks for meeting with me, Kim! Let’s start with the simple stuff: Why did you choose to pursue a career in occupational therapy? I was in an Intro to Kinesiology class and the professor was... Read more

Okay Cupid, what’s occupation got to do with it?

, in General News, Alumni News

By Karen McCarthy MA ’04, OTD ’08 with Kimberly Kho On Valentine’s Day 2018, dating coach, occupational therapist and USC Chan alumna Karen McCarthy shares insights from her qualitative study on the habits and occupations of dating. Learn more about... Read more

Parents warned about ‘bleach therapy’ for treating autism

, in General News

By Gigen Mammoser/healthline Photo courtesy of healthline “Desperate parents in the United Kingdom, Canada, and United States are reportedly using a bleach solution in an attempt to cure autism, sometimes in children as young as 2 years old. Proponents have... Read more

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 / USC News / HSC News 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.... 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

Florence Clark to retire from USC in 2018

, in General News, Student News, Alumni News

Florence Clark, Mrs. T.H. Chan Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Florence Clark, the holder of the Mrs. T.H. Chan Professorship of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the division’s former administrative leader of nearly 28 years, will retire... 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

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