University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Core Research Areas

At USC, we recognize the benefits of building organized critical masses of faculty with overlapping research interests related to targeted growth areas, and in response have formed research cores to promote an interdisciplinary infrastructure that fosters proximity, collaboration, readiness to respond to relevant funding announcements and internal, national and global networks. The USC Chan Division’s four research cores are:

Health Promotion and Prevention

This core was established in 1993 with the implementation of the original USC Well Elderly Study to further research on relationships between daily activity, health, chronic disease management and disability prevention.

Rehabilitation, Health Services, and Brain-Body (ReHaB)

This core, founded in 2004 and reorganized in 2015, focuses on developing evidence that informs and enhances occupational performance and functional independence for individuals with medical conditions or who are differently abled.

Sensory Integration, Engagement, and Family Life for People with Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SIEFL)

The SIEFL core was founded in 2012 to grow a translational science research program targeting individuals with autism and related disorders, their families, and the clinicians who serve them.

Social, Ethical, Philosophical, Political, and Historical Foundations (SEPPH)

The SEPPH core underscores the Division’s commitment to scholarship that addresses ethics, social values, and meta-theoretical issues related to occupational science. Such work produces disciplined and creative reflections that inform occupational science and articulate implications for society.

  • Narrative, Reasoning, and Disability (Cheryl Mattingly)
  • Occupation, Culture, and Justice (Gelya Frank)
  • Sports Ethics (William Morgan)