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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Funded Research

The rigorous, interdisciplinary research programs at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, including previous projects, have cumulatively received more than $29 million of federal funding during the past 20 years. Even more importantly, our research agenda pursues—and generates—knowledge with relevant outcomes for real-world interventions that improve human health, quality of life and well-being.

The Division’s portfolio includes research grants, training grants and contracts. Projects currently within their active funding period are below.

Research Grants

Environmental Predictors of Stress in Children Undergoing Chemotherapy Infusions →

Principal Investigator: Leah Stein Duker
Faculty Mentor: Sharon Cermak
Funding Source: USC Office of the Provost - Zumberge Fund Individual Grant Program
Project Period: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Total Award: $29,400

REINVENT: A Closed-Loop VR Neurofeedback System for Motor Recovery after Severe Stroke →

Principal Investigator: Sook-Lei Liew
Funding Source: American Heart Association
Project Period: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2017
Total Award: $149,446

Sonographic Tissue Morphology in Early Stage Work-Related Median Nerve Pathology →

Principal Investigator: Shawn C. Roll
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control: National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health
Project Period: September 30, 2015 – September 29, 2019
Total Award: $2,324,186

Identifying Patient-Centered Fall Prevention Care Process in Hip Fracture Rehabilitation →

Principal Investigator: Natalie Leland
Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Project Period: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018
Total Award: $437,222

Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children (SADE-2 Study) →

Principal Investigator: Sharon Cermak
Funding Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Project Period: May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2020
Total Award: $3,139,788

The Neurobiological Basis of Heterogeneous Social and Motor Deficits in ASD →

Principal Investigator: Lisa Aziz-Zadeh
Project Period: April 1, 2015 – January 31, 2020
Funding Source: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Total Award: $2,156,234 (subject to change based on subsequent NOAs)

Vertical Integration and Care Coordination in Post-Acute Care Markets →

Principal Investigator: Neeraj Sood (USC School of Pharmacy)
Co-Investigator: Natalie Leland
Project Period: June 15, 2014 – April 30, 2018
Funding Source: National Institute on Aging
Awarded To Date: $697,576

Diabetes Self-Management Lifestyle Intervention for Urban Minority Young Adults →

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Pyatak
Project Period: July 15, 2014 – April 30, 2017
Funding Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Total Award: $456,312


MetaNet: A Multilingual Metaphor Extraction, Representation, and Validation System →

Project Director: Lisa Aziz-Zadeh
Project Period: January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2017
Funding Source: International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA (S. Narayanan, PI)
Contract Amount: $293,273

Development of Teaching Material in Support of SIPT →

Project Director: Florence Clark
Project Period: June 1, 1998 – June 30, 2016
Funding Source: Western Psychological Services
Contract Amount to Date: $1,269,811