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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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The Nation’s Premier Program in OS and OT

The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has a long history of being “the first.” USC Chan is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 occupational therapy graduate educational program by U.S. News & World Report, and has held the No. 1 ranking for more years than any other program. The USC Chan Division:

  • initiated the first professional and post-professional occupational therapy master’s degree programs
  • conceived and developed the first PhD in occupational science program
  • conducted the first large-scale randomized trial and cost-effectiveness study on preventative occupational therapy
  • has comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs designed to prepare you for career excellence and leadership

Renowned Researchers and Practitioners

Many of the most renowned practitioners and theorists in occupational therapy have been, or presently are, members of our faculty, and USC is internationally renowned as an epicenter of clinical innovation and theoretical development in the profession. Members of the division have produced many of the landmark books, articles and research reports in sensory integration, occupational behavior, occupational science and clinical reasoning — four of the most respected theoretical traditions guiding occupational therapy practice today.

Pioneers such as A. Jean Ayres, Mary Reilly, Wilma L. West and Elizabeth J. Yerxa contributed to the growth and international reputation of the USC Chan Division. Among current and emeritus faculty:

  • Four have been recipients of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, the highest academic honor of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 11 faculty members are on the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Four have been admitted to the prestigious American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research
  • Two have received distinguished honors from the American Anthropological Association

Collectively, our faculty hold doctorates in occupational therapy, anthropology, social psychology, education, child development, higher education administration and occupational science. They possess expertise in test development, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and the many specialties of occupational therapy practice. All are committed to educating the next generation of professional leaders, and they have built a community that respects research and practice, ideas and values, openness to nontraditional views and a strong sense of duty to the public good.