About Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) Residencies
OTD students complete a residency in one of our four leadership tracks: Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Research, Policy and Administration, or Education. The links below provide information about residency opportunities both within the Chan Division and with our community partners. The outreach and interview process for Chan Division residencies typically begins each year in September, while the outreach process for residencies with community partners typically begins in January. All information, including details regarding financial support, is updated every August and subject to change each year. Please note that you may also pursue a residency site that is not on these lists.
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.
Clinical practice residencies from Chan division | show
John Wesley Community Health Institute | 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 >
USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice | more >
USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles | more >
Clinical practice residencies from community partners | coming soon
Amigo Baby | more >
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) | more >
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) | more >
Children’s Institute | more >
City of Hope | more >
Dynamic Therapies | more >
Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center | more >
Hiller Therapy | more >
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens | more >
Integrative Wellness Therapy | more >
Kids Institute for Development & Advancement (KIDA) | more >
LA84 Foundation | more >
LAC+USC Medical Center, Acute Care | more >
LAC+USC Medical Center, High Risk Premature Infant Clinic | more >
LAC+USC Medical Center, Outpatient Hand Therapy | more >
Los Angeles City College | more >
Mychal’s Learning Place | more >
Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP) | more >
OT 4 KIDS | more >
OT Studios | more >
Painted Brain | more >
Para Los Niños | more >
Play 2 Progress | more >
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center | more >
Return to Zero: HOPE | more >
Sarah Bryan Therapy | more >
Skid Row Housing Trust | more >
Speech, Language and Educational Associates | more >
Sprout Children’s Therapy Center | more >
Synergy Academies | more >
The Adult Skills Center (TASC) | more >
The Help Group | more >
Therapy West, Inc. & pLAy Studio | more >
UC Irvine Health — Rehabilitation Services | more >
Urban Voices Project | more >
USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) | more >
USC Trojan Guardian Scholars | more >
Villa Gardens / Rehab Alliance | 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 with Dr. Mary Lawlor, Associate Chair of Research, to determine their acceptance into the Track. The resident must complete their residency within a Chan Division-funded research project and is required to take at least one(1) research course as an elective.
Questions about the Clinical Research Track | show
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 that may include Dr. Mary Lawlor, Associate Chair of Research, and individual faculty mentors, 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. As part of the OTD training, the resident is required to take at least one (1) research course as an elective. Depending on funding availability, the OTD resident in a research lab may receive monthly stipends, scholarships, or other forms of financial support.
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.
Clinical research residencies from Chan division | show
Amber Angell | Underserved populations with ASD | 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 >
Stefanie Bodison | SensoryLab | 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.
Policy and administration residencies from Chan division | show
Chan Division Autism Initiative | more >
Chan Division China Initiative | more >
Chan Division Global Initiatives | more >
Occupational Science Mobilization Initiative | more >
Policy and administration residencies from community partners | coming soon
Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP) | 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.
Education residencies from Chan division | show
Chan Division Education Track | more >
Education residencies from community partners | coming soon
CBD College OTA Program | more >