University of Southern California
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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Occupational Therapy featured on NPR

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“Wanted: Men for Occupational Therapy Jobs”

Unemployed males looking for a new career path could turn to occupational therapy. It’s one of the many health-related jobs growing during the economic down turn. It’s also a field traditionally dominated by women. Females make up 90 percent of workers and men 10 percent, and recruiting males into the field has been a challenge.

Link to NPR story

USC Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Students in the Newspaper

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The ENGAGE Program and Sunshine Mission Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Division were recently covered by USC Student Affairs and the Daily Trojan Newspaper.

Students Help Provide Dinner at Shelter

Congratulations to our fellow division:  PT gets first endowed chair!

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Dr. Jim Gordon, Associate Dean and Chair, announced that a $1 million gift from Tracy Sykes (DPT class of 1998) and her husband Gene Sykes has established the first endowed faculty chair for the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy. Dr. Linda Fetters has been named the inaugural holder of the Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health, and Development.

An endowed chair at USC establishes a permanently funded faculty position that will be held by a senior professor who has achieved distinction in the field. The establishment of the Sykes Family Chair ensures that pediatric physical therapy and child health and development will be a focal point for the achievement of excellence within Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC for many years to come.

The Division will seek additional funding sources for a $1.5 million total endowment. Tracy and Gene Sykes have generously pledged an additional $250,000 in matching funds to help us achieve that goal.

Tracy and Gene Sykes have been quietly supporting programs within the Division for years, and Tracy is a long-standing member of the Division’s Board of Councilors. Although Tracy almost always wishes to avoid being put in the spotlight, we are compelled to recognize her extraordinary dedication and commitment to our mission. We are inspired by her generosity and awed by her vision. In particular, this gift challenges us to match her generosity with energy and vision on our side to achieve national and international leadership in teaching, research, and clinical practice in pediatric physical therapy.

The official dedication of this gift, along with the installation of Dr. Fetters as the first holder of the chair will take place in a ceremony at University Park Campus on November 18, 2009.

$1.25 million Autism Grant

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Olga Solomon, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, received a NIH grant for $1.25 million to study Autism in an urban context.

This two year multi-method, ethnographic research project examines health and service disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) diagnosis of African American children living in Los Angeles. We propose to follow a cohort of 16 African American children diagnosed with ASD, their primary caregivers and extended kin and social networks, and the practitioners who serve them, to document the families’ trajectories to an ASD diagnosis. The project will be carried out at two study sites: USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (USC UCEDD at CHLA) and San Gabriel/Pomona Regional center.

Florence Clark AOTA President-Elect!

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Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Dean and Professor of the Division of OS/OT, has been elected President-Elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTA and the occupational therapy profession will undoubtedly benefit from her service in this role, and later on as President. Dr. Clark officially assumes office on July 1, 2009 and will serve as president from July 1, 2010, to July 1, 2013.

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