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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Research
Research

Funded Research

The rigorous, interdisciplinary research programs at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy — including our more than $11 million of active, federally funded projects as well as our previous projects — 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.

Current Federally Funded Projects

Coadaptation of Intelligent Office Desks and Human Users to Promote Worker Productivity, Health and Wellness →

Co-Principal Investigator: Burcin Becerik-Gerber (USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Co-Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll
Funding Source: National Science Foundation; Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
Award Number: 1763134
Project Period: August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2021
Anticipated Award: $667,716

Brain and Cognitive Development in the PASS Cohort: The Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Diversity Supplement →

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Sowell (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
Co-Investigator: Stefanie Bodison
Funding Source: NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Project Period: September 14, 2018 – May 31, 2020
Anticipated Award: $349,962

Environmental Impact on Stress during Challenging Healthcare Encounters →

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Ottenbacher (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)
K12 Scholar: Leah Stein Duker
Faculty Mentor: Sharon Cermak
Funding Source: NIH NICHD/NINDS Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program
Project Period: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $250,076

A Smartphone Application to Improve Physical Activity in Underactive Older Adults →

Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec
Co-Investigator: Lon Schneider, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Co-Investigator: Cheryl Vigen PhD
Funding Source: NIH/National Institute on Aging
Project Period: September 15, 2017 – May 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $468,105
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Administrative Supplement (R21 AG052838-02S1): $376,467

Cortically Coupled Computing for Augmented Reality →

Principal Investigator: David Krum
Co-Investigator: Sook-Lei Liew
Funding Source: U.S. Army Research Office
Project Period: August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018
Anticipated Award: $160,288

Evaluation of a Novel Intervention for Infants at Risk for Neurodevelopmental Disorders →

Principal Investigators: Linda Watson and Grace Baranek If you are a student at USC, please contact Dr. Baranek; if you are a student at UNC, please contact Dr. Watson.
Funding Source: NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Project Period: August 21, 2017 – July 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $408,206

Big Data Neuroimaging to Predict Motor Behavior After Stroke →

Principal Investigator: Sook-Lei Liew
Co-Investigator: Judy Pa PhD, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Co-Investigator: Paul Thompson PhD, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Funding Source: NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Project Period: April 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020
Anticipated Award: $532,764
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Administrative Supplement (3 K01 HD091283-02S1): $269,551

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
Anticipated Award: $2,324,186

Large-Scale Psychometric Assessment of the ECERS-3 →

Co-Principal Investigator: John Sideris
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences
Project Period: August 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Anticipated Award: $1,585,103 ($58,374 Contracted)

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

Principal Investigator: Sharon Cermak
Co-Investigator: Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Co-Investigator: John Sideris PhD
Co-Investigators: Leah Stein Duker, José Polido, Marian Williams, Michael Dawson, Christianne Lane, Joel Hay
Pre-Doctoral Trainee: Dominique Como
Funding Source: NIH/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Project Period: May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2020
Anticipated Award: $3,139,788
Supplement: 3 U01 DE024978-04S2
Anticipated Award: $375,251
Diversity Supplement (3 U01 DE024978-01S1): $161,077

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: NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Anticipated Award: $2,108,728

Current Privately Funded Projects

Environmental Barriers & Facilitators for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder during Primary Care Health Encounters  →

Principal Investigator: Leah Stein Duker
Project Period: September 1, 2017 – October 31, 2018
Funding Source: American Occupational Therapy Foundation — Intervention Research Grant
Anticipated Award: $49,840

CoYoT1 to California (CTC) — Telemedicine to Engage Young Adults with Diabetes →

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Raymond (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
Co-Investigator: Elizabeth Pyatak
Project Period: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020
Funding Source: Donaghue Foundation
Anticipated Award: $53,770

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, 2018
Anticipated Award: $149,446

Current Intramurally Funded Projects

Modulating the Motor System with tDCS to Enhance Post-Stroke Motor Recovery →

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Lefebvre PhD
Faculty Mentors: Lei Liew PhD, OTR/L and Danny JJ Wang PhD (Keck School of Medicine of USC)
Funding Source: The USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant
Project Period: November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $23,500

Early Behavioral Characteristics and Biobehavioral Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Novel Parent-Infant Interaction Paradigm →

Principal Investigator: Helen Lee PhD
Faculty Mentor: Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Funding Source: The USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant
Project Period: November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $25,000

Parent-Infant Engaged: Extension Pilot Study to Culturally Diverse Populations in Los Angeles →

Principal Investigator: Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Collaborator: Helen Lee PhD
Funding Source: Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Project Period: November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $3,000

USC Center for Mindfulness Science →

Principal Investigator: B. Rael Cahn
Co-Investigator: Shawn Roll
Funding Source: USC Office of Research — Research Collaboration Fund
Project Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020
Anticipated Award: $60,000

Inner Ear Anatomy and Motor Skills in Children with Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Award) →

Principal Investigator: Courtney Voelker (Keck School of Medicine of USC)
Co-Investigator: Stefanie Bodison
Funding Source: Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Project Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Anticipated Award: $40,000

Addressing Uncontrolled Diabetes in Primary Care: A Lifestyle Redesign Approach →

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Pyatak
Funding Source: Keck School of Medicine of USC — Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Project Period: July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018
Anticipated Award: $74,375

Association of Nerve Movement During Functional Hand Use to Pathology Development in Dental Hygienists →

Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll
Funding Source: USC Office of Undergraduate Programs – Undergraduate Research Associates Program
Project Period: August 2017 – May 2018
Anticipated Award: $6,000