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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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AI, iPads and Autism

By crunching user data from an iPad coloring game, artificial intelligence can potentially provide an "easy and novel" method for the early detection of autism and developmental coordination disorder, a new USC study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders shows.

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.

AI, iPads and Autism

By crunching user data from an iPad coloring game, artificial intelligence can potentially provide an "easy and novel" method for the early detection of autism and developmental coordination disorder, a new USC study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders shows.

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

Three Trojans on the ballot in AOTA’s 2024 elections ⟩

January 29, 2024

Meet the faculty and alums running for elected leadership positions in the American Occupational Therapy Association.

AI could help in the early diagnosis of autism, USC study finds ⟩

December 20, 2023

Results indicate an “easy and novel” way to detect autism spectrum disorders, paving the way for tailored therapeutic approaches.

Abbey Marterella PhD ’10, 50 ⟩

December 13, 2023

Remembering Occupational Science PhD alumna and former USC Chan faculty member.

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Student Blog

Samantha

A Love Letter to OT ⟩

February 6, 2024
by Samantha

With February upon us, love is in the air and, as a bit of a hopeless romantic myself, I’ve been taking time to reflect on the things I love, including OT. Growing up, my parents always encouraged…

Sheryl

From Curiosity to Commitment: A 7-Year Quest to Unveil the Essence of OT ⟩

February 5, 2024
by Sheryl

As I introspect upon my journey as a pedagogy resident and doctoral student in the Post-Professional OTD program here at Chan, I reignite my glowing passion for occupational therapy and hope to do so…

Upcoming Events

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)