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Growing by Design

The USC Peace Garden is a collaborative community project located in the University Park neighborhood spearheaded by USC Chan faculty member Camille Dieterle and designed by landscape architect student Daniela Velazco. Read more about the garden’s early growth in the latest issue of the USC Chan Magazine.

Occupational Science

USC Chan founded the first occupational science (OS) PhD program, Undergraduate Minor and academic department. OS content is woven throughout all of the academic curricula, studied in our interdisciplinary research programs and disseminated through publications and the USC Occupational Science Symposium.

Lifestyle Redesign®

Lifestyle Redesign® is an intervention approach pioneered at USC Chan that continues to be taught in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses, utilized by our occupational therapists at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice and advanced through our research studies.

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration theory, assessment and intervention were developed at USC Chan by Faculty Emeritus A. Jean Ayres PhD, OTR and continue to be taught today in our academic degree and continuing education programs and furthered through our research studies.

Trojan Family

The Trojan Family is USC’s lifelong worldwide network of esteemed alumni and USC Chan’s alumni total over 3,000 and hail from 48 of the 50 states and more than 60 different countries. Keep up with USC Chan by browsing the latest issue of USC Chan Magazine and joining the Alumni Association.

Growing by Design

The USC Peace Garden is a collaborative community project located in the University Park neighborhood spearheaded by USC Chan faculty member Camille Dieterle and designed by landscape architect student Daniela Velazco. Read more about the garden’s early growth in the latest issue of the USC Chan Magazine.

Occupational Science

USC Chan founded the first occupational science (OS) PhD program, Undergraduate Minor and academic department. OS content is woven throughout all of the academic curricula, studied in our interdisciplinary research programs and disseminated through publications and the USC Occupational Science Symposium.

Lifestyle Redesign®

Lifestyle Redesign® is an intervention approach pioneered at USC Chan that continues to be taught in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses, utilized by our occupational therapists at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice and advanced through our research studies.

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration theory, assessment and intervention were developed at USC Chan by Faculty Emeritus A. Jean Ayres PhD, OTR and continue to be taught today in our academic degree and continuing education programs and furthered through our research studies.

Trojan Family

The Trojan Family is USC’s lifelong worldwide network of esteemed alumni and USC Chan’s alumni total over 3,000 and hail from 48 of the 50 states and more than 60 different countries. Keep up with USC Chan by browsing the latest issue of USC Chan Magazine and joining the Alumni Association.

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Our faculty have $27.6M in active, federally funded research projects.

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Latest News

New study reveals age-related brain changes influence recovery after stroke ⟩

May 3, 2024

A groundbreaking study published by a USC-led international consortium offers new insights into stroke recovery, revealing that age-related changes in brain white matter significantly affect how well…

FDA Health Care at Home Initiative identifies occupational therapy as a key need ⟩

April 26, 2024

Occupational therapy will figure prominently in the launch of the FDA's Health Care at Home Initiative to Help Advance Health Equity, with the expert assistance of Associate Professor Beth Pyatak.

Shawn Roll receives 2024 Distinguished Sonographer Award ⟩

April 23, 2024

Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of medical ultrasound.

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Harmony in Hustle: Balancing Workload and Well-Being ⟩

May 24, 2024
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Before starting grad school, I was told how easy it can be to become caught up in the workload and sacrifice self-care and your social life. I was terrified to start grad school because I wasn’t…

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The Transcontinental Bachelor’s to Doctorate Student ⟩

May 24, 2024
by Mason

If you asked the average 17-year-old kid if they wanted to commit to a 6+ year program and move across the entire country they would probably look at you like you are crazy. This was the exact…

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USC Chan Magazine

USC Chan Magazine, Fall 2023 / Winter 2024

Fall 2023 / Winter 2024 ⟩

Growing by Design ⟩
When designing the USC Peace Garden, landscape architect Daniela Velazco prioritized people and planting.

New Team Challenge Looking to Change the Game ⟩
The inaugural gamechanger team-based challenge finds new ways of moving academic knowledge into the real world to benefit people’s everyday lives and occupations.

Mitigating On-the-Job Stress ⟩
Shawn Roll leading interdisciplinary team on $1.1M National Science Foundation grant for managing and mitigating on-the-job stress using artificial intelligence.

International Study Shows Link Between Brain Age and Stroke Outcomes ⟩
A USC-led team of researchers find that brain age, a neuroimaging-based assessment of global brain health, may play a role in post-stroke outcomes and could potentially help identify people at risk for poorer outcomes.

Beyond the Spectrum ⟩
Rethinking autism research from the perspective of an autistic researcher.

View/download the Fall 2023 / Winter 2024 issue (4.7MB)

USC Chan Magazine, Fall 2022 / Winter 2023

Fall 2022 / Winter 2023 ⟩

Daily Affirmations ⟩
Occupational therapist Nora Dixon leads new Lifestyle Redesign® program for supporting transgender and gender expansive clients.

Doing Decolonization ⟩
Faculty members Tessa Milman, Janet Gunter and Jennifer Jones in conversation with USC Chan Magazine editor Mike McNulty about dismantling occupational therapy’s colonial ideologies and practices.

USC OT/PT Summer Institute is Diversifying Tomorrow’s Workforce Today ⟩
How a six-week undergraduate pathway program empowers future occupational, physical therapists from underrepresented minority backgrounds.

More Than Just Fun and Games ⟩
Netflix’s sensation Squid Game highlights real-world issues for further consideration by occupational therapists and occupational scientists.

The Science of “Tuning in” ⟩
Building a Measure of Parent Responsiveness to Better Understand Its Effect on Infants’ Sensory Development.

View/download the Fall 2022 / Winter 2023 issue (2.2MB)