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2017 Commencement: Alison Cogan PhD ’17

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By Mike McNulty

Alison Cogan, who earns her USC Occupational Science PhD in 2017/Photo by Jenn Page

Alison Cogan, who earns her USC Occupational Science PhD in 2017/Photo by Jenn Page

Alison Cogan MA ’12, PhD ’17 may be a civilian but she deeply appreciates the social and family life of military servicemembers.

Not only is her brother an active duty Marine, Cogan’s dissertation for the occupational science PhD degree she will receive this Friday during the 75th annual commencement ceremony of the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy focused on ways to optimize participation of servicemembers after mild traumatic brain injury.

“I’ve seen how families are affected by the deployment cycle, and the reintegration and readjustment process that follows,” says Cogan, who hails from Philadelphia. These issues, of course, become more complex with brain and bodily injuries.

Cogan will soon begin a two-year Veterans Affairs Advanced Fellowship in Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. There she will hone her skills with using large research databases, building towards her goal of becoming a funded, independent career researcher. Thanks to USC Chan, she’s well on her way.

“USC has given me so many tangibles and intangibles,” Cogan says. “I have learned how to be productive in ways that really matter, from faculty members who know what it takes to be successful.”

Learn more about USC’s 134th commencment ceremony at commencement.usc.edu and USC Chan’s 75th commencement ceremony at calendar.usc.edu/event/2017_chan_commencement.