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Doing Diversity

The latest USC Chan Magazine shows three ways — from a new program for transgender and gender expansive clients, to decolonizing OT ideologies and practices, to a pathway program for future clinicians from underrepresented backgrounds — that USC Chan faculty members make a difference for diversity.

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.

Doing Diversity

The latest USC Chan Magazine shows three ways — from a new program for transgender and gender expansive clients, to decolonizing OT ideologies and practices, to a pathway program for future clinicians from underrepresented backgrounds — that USC Chan faculty members make a difference for diversity.

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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Latest News

Study highlights barriers, facilitators to telehealth occupational therapy for autistic children during the pandemic >

January 17, 2023

Qualitative research explores perspectives of occupational therapists, clinical administrators and caregivers.

Study finds 3 percent of children have elevated sensory issues that seemingly worsen throughout early childhood, a pattern strongly linked to autism >

December 29, 2022

By following more than 1,500 children over six years, USC-led study helps confirm sensory features are an early behavioral marker of autism.

Karla Ausderau honored with 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation >

November 18, 2022

Karla Ausderau (Courtesy of Karla Ausderau) Karla Ausderau MA ’00, PhD ’09, associate professor in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two-time USC alumna,…

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USC Chan Magazine

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.

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

USC Chan Magazine, Spring / Summer 2021

Spring / Summer 2021 >

How a student project led to autism training at USC’s Department of Public Safety >
USC Chan students Monica Caris MA ’21, OTD ’22 and Riley McGuire MA ’21, OTD ’22 just wanted to educate people about autism, but already their capstone project has become part of yearly officer training.

Let There Be Peace >
How my pandemic fieldwork experience made me an occupational and social justice practitioner.

Madam Veep >
In July, Director of Admissions and Associate Clinical Professor Arameh Anvarizadeh ’05, MA ’06, OTD ’07 made history as the youngest and first African American-Iranian woman to become vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She recently sat down with the USC Chan Magazine to talk about her action-packed agenda as Vice President, her hopes for the association and where she sees the next generation taking occupational therapy.

View/download the Spring / Summer 2021 issue (5.4MB)