Meet the Admissions Team
If you have any questions about Chan admissions, please use our contact form. Your message will be routed to the appropriate member of the USC Chan Admissions team. We look forward to hearing from you!
Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA(she/her/hers)
Director of Admissions, and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
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Please note that Dr. Anvarizadeh will be on leave starting 6/28/2021 and returning in 2022, exact date to be determined.
As a USC Chan alumna, I am thankful to serve in this capacity, where I have the opportunity to impact potential occupational therapists at the beginning of their journey. Learning about an applicant’s passions and reasons why they want to pursue occupational therapy is a very humbling experience. Providing a holistic admissions process is not only something I value, but it allows for our team to work towards increasing the diversity in our student body and workforce.
Amber Bennett OTD, OTR/L(she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
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Dr. Bennett provides admissions advisement to the following programs:
- Undergraduate Minor in Occupational Science
- Bachelor’s to Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
- Entry-Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
- Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
- PhD in Occupational Science
I am so thankful to have found the wonderful profession of occupational therapy. It is truly a joy meeting people on a daily basis who have discovered occupational science and occupational therapy and helping them pursue their professional goals. I am inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our students who have become impactful providers and leaders.
Emily Ochi OTD, OTR/L
Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
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Dr. Ochi provides admissions advisement to the following programs:
I was drawn to work as an occupational therapist because this profession enables me to positively impact people, families and communities. As a faculty member, I have always enjoyed helping students learn to affect lives in meaningful ways through occupational therapy, and I am privileged to share my experience in and enthusiasm for the profession as a part of the admissions team!
Andrea Jenine Abad OTD, OTR/L, OTRP(she/her/hers)
Interim Admissions Team Member and Program Specialist
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Dr. Abad provides admissions advisement regarding prerequisites for the Entry-Level OTD program:
Our admissions team continually strives to increase access and decrease barriers for applicants with diverse backgrounds. This is made possible through a holistic review process applied in reviewing applications. I feel honored and extremely humbled to be a part of this movement where representation for minoritized and marginalized communities matters. I am ecstatic to learn more about the lived experiences of our applicants and their vision for the profession.
Learn more about Alisha >
Alisha provides admissions support for all academic programs at USC Chan.
I’m grateful to be a part of such an incredible admissions team here at USC. I’m eager to meet and work with all students, and I’m proud of our emphasis on increased accessibility for students from diverse backgrounds. One of my main goals is to help students pursue their passions, and I’m excited to be able to do that for the occupational therapy program here.