About OTD Residencies
OTD students complete a residency in one of our four leadership tracks: Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Research, Policy and Administration, or Education. Additionally, Synergy Residencies bridge two of the existing tracks. The links below provide information about residency opportunities within the Chan Division. The outreach and interview process for these internal residencies typically begins each year in September, while the outreach process for residencies external to the Chan Division typically begins in January. All information, including details regarding financial support, is updated every August and subject to change each year.
Advanced Clinical Practice Track
The Advanced Clinical Practice Track is designed to prepare residents as clinicians with advanced knowledge and skills specific to a clinical specialty area. The residency is located within a real-world practice context. This track resembles the residency model typical in medical doctorate (MD) programs. Applicants to the Advanced Clinical Practice Track engage in an outreach and interview process to secure a clinical residency opportunity prior to the start of the program.
Downtown Women’s Center | more >
JWCH Center for Community Health | more >
Keck Medical Center of USC Physical Rehabilitation Residency Program | more >
Keck School of Medicine Street Medicine Team | more >
Primary Care (USC Primary Care, Kaiser, and Southland) | more >
Primary Care Occupational Therapy within Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions | more >
Skid Row Housing Trust, Inc. | more >
USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice | more >
USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles | more >
Clinical Research Track
The Clinical Research Track is designed to prepare residents to participate in evidence-based studies in clinical settings and to collect outcomes data as part of practice. Applicants for the Clinical Research Track of the OTD Program participate in an interview to determine their acceptance into the Track.
Why would I consider the OTD Clinical Research Track?
This track equips the OTD graduate with a subset of skills to participate in evidence-based studies in clinical settings, collect outcomes data as part of practice, lead quality improvement initiatives at a clinical site, and/or participate as a clinical/project manager of a research team.
What is involved in the OTD Clinical Research Track?
Applicants for the Clinical Research Track of the OTD Program will participate in an interview process to determine acceptance into the Track. Once accepted into the Clinical Research Track, the resident completes his or her residency in one of the Division’s research labs, typically with a faculty member who has an actively-funded research project.
What are the current Clinical Research Track opportunities?
Open Clinical Research Track residency positions vary from year to year, based on individual research lab needs, actively-funded projects, and the availability of research grant funding to support an OTD resident. Residencies within actively-funded projects in the Division are preferred, as these projects will provide greatest opportunity for the resident to be fully immersed in the research process, while also providing a means for maximum financial support for the resident. Individuals interested in the Clinical Research Track should review the list of actively-funded research projects listed on the Division’s website.
What if none of the actively-funded projects match my interests?
There may be additional projects that are not currently listed as ‘actively-funded,’ but have been approved for future funding that may match with your planned OTD residency start. In addition, some faculty may have other resources to support OTD residents on preliminary projects that are not funded by grants. When appropriate and with approval of the OTD Program Director and Association Chair of Research, individual, voluntary (i.e., no financial support) residencies may also be developed.
Who are the faculty conducting research in the Division?
A summary of all Chan Division faculty who are actively conducting research is shown below. These summaries are meant to provide interested applicants with an overview of various research being conducted and should be used to investigate potential residency options. In addition to this list, more information for each faculty member can be found on the individual faculty member’s page in the Division’s web directory, and at chan.usc.edu/resarch/core.
Amber Angell | DREAmS Lab | more >
Bobbi Pineda | Occupational Therapy NICU Lab | more >
Grace Baranek | Innovations in Neurodevelopmental Sensory Processing Research (insp!re) Lab | more >
Leah Stein Duker | Tailored Environmental Modifications (TEM) Lab | more >
Lisa Aziz-Zadeh | A-Z Lab at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences’ Brain and Creativity Institute | more >
Sharon Cermak | Sensory Adaptations in Dental Environments (SADE) | more >
Shawn Roll | Musculoskeletal Sonography & Occupational Performance (MSOP) Lab | more >
Sook-Lei Liew | Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (NPNL) | more >
Stacey Schepens Niemiec | Healthy Aging Research and Technology (HART) Lab | more >
Policy and Administration Track
The Policy and Administration Track is designed to prepare residents as executive decision makers, public policy advocates or administrators who will serve as change agents to lead the profession forward. Applicants for the Policy and Administrative Track of the OTD Program participate in an interview process at the respective residency site to determine their acceptance into the Track.
Chan Division Autism Initiative | more >
Chan Division China Initiative | more >
Chan Division Global Initiatives | more >
Occupational Science Mobilization Initiative | more >
The Education Track includes opportunities for students interested in learning about pedagogy and best-practices related to teaching and curriculum development. Students gain experience in course design, student support and classroom management while supporting curricula in the Chan undergraduate and master’s degree programs. Seasoned practitioners returning for their post-professional doctoral degree will gain teaching expertise as well as knowledge and skills in academic administration and accreditation necessary to become outstanding clinical faculty. Coursework complements the residency experience and serves to develop mastery of innovative pedagogical approaches. Applicants for the Education Track participate in an interview with Dr. Julie McLaughlin Gray, Associate Chair of Curriculum and Faculty, to determine their acceptance into the Track. The residency is located within the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Chan Division Education Track | more >
While OTD residencies have historically been offered in one primary area of focus, these new residency opportunities are intentionally constructed to bridge two mission areas and promote synergy between research, practice, and teaching. Applicants for synergy opportunities participate in an interview process to determine their acceptance into the residency.