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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

Help with hoarding disorder on World Mental Health Day 2017

, in General News

By Mike McNulty Hoarding disorder has been found to affect between 2-6 percent of the population, and a growing body of research highlights the complexities involved in hoarding disorder and its impact on people’s occupational, social and vocational function. To... Read more

8 Trojans to be honored with OTAC awards

, in General News, Student News, Alumni News

By Mike McNulty Eight Trojans have been named recipients of annual awards presented by the Occupational Therapy Association of California, a non-profit professional society that represents the interests of the more than 15,000 occupational therapy practitioners working in California. Associate... Read more

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Meet Viviana Padilla ’16, MA ’19

The first-generation college student’s journey from a South Los Angeles elementary school to the 2017 White Coat Ceremony

, in General News, Student News, Alumni News

By Mike McNulty Viviana Padilla ’16, MA ’19, whose latest Trojan affiliation is as a new USC Chan graduate student/Photo by Hong Le Most of the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s new grad students are adults... Read more

Leland earns record $4.7M to compare models for nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia

Five-year PCORI contract is largest single award in USC Chan Division history

, in General News

By Mike McNulty / USC News More than half of America’s 1.4 million nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. On any given day in any of the thousands of nursing homes across the country, medications need adjusting and... Read more

New research shows occupational therapy helps people in pain

Lifestyle treatment for chronic pain management improves quality of life, confidence and function

, in General News, Alumni News

By Mike McNulty / USC News A new study from the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy shows that lifestyle-based occupational therapy treatment significantly improves the experiences of people living with chronic pain. “Having quantitative evidence for... Read more

Occupational therapy helps young adults with diabetes

, in General News

By Miriam E. Tucker/Medscape An occupational therapy intervention can help improve HbA1c and improve quality of life in young adults with diabetes, new research finds. Results from the randomized, controlled Resilient, Empowered Active Living (REAL) diabetes study were presented June... Read more

Virtual Reality Rehab

Assistant professor Sook-Lei Liew MA ’08, PhD ’12 is exploring new brain-computer interfaces that connect stroke survivors to the worlds of tech and medicine.

, in General News

By Katharine Gammon For people recovering from a stroke, even the simplest motions can become a struggle. To lift a hand, for example, requires a signal from the brain that travels all the way down an arm to the hand.... Read more

2017 Commencement: Alison Cogan PhD ’17

, in General News

By Mike McNulty 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... Read more

2017 Commencement: Joseph Christian Ungco OTD ’17

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By Mike McNulty Joseph Christian Ungco, member of the USC Chan OTD degree class of 2017/Photo by Heather Van Buren Joseph Christian Ungco ’07, ’14, MA ’16, OTD ’17 has a clear vision for the profession’s future. Thanks in part... Read more

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