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Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Sharon Cermak and a team of experts explore food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders in recently published articles from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and The Journal of Pediatrics. “Food Selectivity and Sensory Sensitivity in Children with Autism… Read more

Does Music in Speech Equal Empathy in Heart?

Professor Lisa Aziz-Zadeh is interviewed by USC News about her study on prosody and empathy. "A new study in the journal Public Library of Science ONE finds that people use the same brain regions to produce and understand intonation in speech. Many studies suggest that people learn by imitating… Read more

Dr. Gelya Frank’s newly published book

Defying the Odds: The Tule River Tribe's Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries. "An anthropologist and a legal scholar combine expertise in this innovative book, deploying the history of one California tribe—the Tule River Tribe—in a definitive study of indigenous sovereignty from… Read more

Occupational Therapy featured on NPR

"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… Read more

USC Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Students in the Newspaper

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 Read more

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

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… Read more

$1.25 million Autism Grant

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… Read more

Florence Clark AOTA President-Elect!

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… Read more

New Pressure Ulcer Prevention Study Grant

USC OS/OT is awarded a grant to study Lifestyle Redesign® intervention for people with spinal cord injury. As discovered by a team of researchers led by USC OS/OT in a 3-year, NIDRR-funded qualitative study, “Daily Living Context and Pressure Sores in Consumers with SCI,” the… Read more

The Division Awarded OSEP Early Intervention Grant

A new grant in the amount of $800,000 has been awarded to researchers in the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), an agency of the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, which will run from 2008 to 2013, is titled… Read more

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