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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Post-Professional Doctorate (OTD)
of Occupational Therapy
Previous OTD Leadership Presentations

In fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree, doctoral candidates complete a formal presentation regarding their residency and highlighted accomplishments. Presentations typically include a summary of the evidence informing their residency experience, evidence-based deliverables and overall outcomes.

2020 Presentations

Melina Allahverdian
Mindfulness to Avoid Burnout: Cultivating the Tools to Intentionally Ignite Again for Patients with Chronic Pain

Kiara Althaus
Occupational Therapy in Primary Care: Helping Patients with Chronic Conditions Thrive at Kaiser Permanente

Omar Arid
Building resilience in adolescents from vulnerable communities through mindfulness and experiential learning in the outdoors

Mineh Badmagharian
Occupational Therapy and Mental Health in Armenia

Ashley Bonzell
Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Telehealth

Erin Bussell
Controlling the seemingly uncontrollable: Addressing lifestyle factors for individuals with a mental health diagnosis

Valentina Vera Carrasquero
Autism screening disparities in Latino families

Colleen Carroll
Building Sensory Connections in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting

Psalm Chang (Ho)
Occupational Therapy Education in China: Ensuring Success for First- Time Teaching Faculty

Candace Chatman
Growing by leaps and bounds: Finding my feet in leadership through program evaluation and a pandemic

Ellie Clark
“I never expected it to be this hard” - a multifaceted approach to evaluating lung transplant recovery

Talent Dang
Occupational Therapy Patient Outcomes in a Neuro Day Rehab Program at Rancho Los Amigos

Lauren Espinoza
Defining the Role of Occupational Therapy on a Street Medicine Primary Care Team

Alexandra Freeman
Implementation of Evidence-Based Care Across Pediatric Occupational Therapy Settings

Elizabeth Gerwig
Immersed and On Track: A Holistic Program for Handwriting Acquisition During a Period of Distance Learning

Mollianne Grager
The Potential of Environmental Adaptations to Enhance Care Across Populations

Sara Harrison
A Head Start on Wellness: Trauma-Informed Occupational Therapy in Community-Based Pediatric Mental Health

Madeline Hayward
Implementation of a Standardized and Objective Sensory Assessment for Stroke Survivors in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Raquel Heyman
Enhancing Occupational Therapy Practice: Using Occupation as a Foundation in a Hand Therapy Setting

Faith Hicks
Self-Regulation for Students with Disabilities in a South Los Angeles Charter School

Thu Hoang
Occupational therapy’s value in patients’ recovery after cardiothoracic surgery: An emphasis on functional independence and self-efficacy

Serena Hobson
Enhancing Academic Success and Quality of Life with College Students: Improving the Transition into College

Anusha Hossain
Expanding Occupational Therapy’s Role in ASD Neuroscience Research

Hannah Hung
Expanding the value of OT at a Continuing Care Retirement Center

Sarah Kim
Role of Hand Rehabilitation in Post-Operative Management of Free Functional Muscle Transfer

Lisa Le
Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities at a Federally Qualified Health Center

Gyeom Bi Lee
Prepare for Take-off: Equipping Transition-Age Youth for Navigating into Adulthood

James Lee
Going Global: Strategically Developing International Partnerships to Strengthen the Occupational Therapy Profession

Tabitha Lin
Occupational Therapy in End-of-Life Care in Acute Oncology

Jody Liu
Building Evidence for Occupational Therapy in Work and Industry: Exploring Assessment Techniques and Identifying Practitioner Needs

Richard McHam
Communicating Respect and Combating Stigma: Mental Health Occupational Therapy in Permanent Supportive Housing

Vanessa Miller
Promoting OT’s Role in Health Management for Individuals with Neurologcial Conditions

Mariah Morris
To Graduate School and Beyond: Empowering Occupational Therapy International Students

Alexis Nalbach
Bridging Research and Practice: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Neuroscience Research and Implications for Children with ASD

Kiara Ota
Riding the Wave of Ambiguity

Rachel Park
Supporting Self-Management of Osteoarthritis in Hand Patients

Colleen Parrerson
Expanding Quality Care Beyond the Clinic: Telehealth in Hand Therapy

Jessica Pedersen
Outcome Measures as a Catalyst for Capturing Occupational Therapy’s Role in Acute Oncology

Julian Prado
Expanding Occupational Therapy in a Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic

Marinthea Richter
From “torture” to teamwork: Exploring the oral care challenges children with Down Syndrome

Chelsea Rivera
A Place At the Table: Seats of Power in Research and Acadamia

Kimberly Roberson
Advancing Change in K-12 Education while Mastering the Role of Change Agent in Occupational Therapy Practice

Ana Sanchez
Exploring Occupational Therapy’s Role in a Community College

Raquel Saunders
Integrating Occupation into Health Systems: A Social Ecological Perspective

Rebecca Snyder
Navigating the “New Normal” in Pediatric Practice: developing a flexible pandemic response in an outpatient pediatric clinic

Lillian Sun
Mental Health OT for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Elissa Taylor
Implementing Home Assessments in a Safety Net Primary Care Setting for Patients with Chronic Conditions

Julianne Teng
From patient to worker: Bridging the gap to employment through program development and evaluation of the Rancho Works Café and Gift Shop

Sarina Tetley
The USC Veterans Performance Program: P.A.V.E+

Alya Turcotte
Establishing Occupational Therapy’s Unique Role in a Foster Care Hub

Emma Wallace
Occupational therapy’s contribution in interdisciplinary pediatric mental health contexts: a professional and personal journey in confidence

Angela Wang
The Challenges of Adapting a Chinese Occupational Therapy Master’s Program During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Yushi Wang
Implementation of Standardized Outcome Measures in Keck Hospital of USC’s Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit (Keck IRU)

Shannon Westerberg
Identifying Referral Patterns for Occupational Therapy in Concussion Management: an Evidence-based Approach

Amanda Wiles
Multimodal Approaches in Sensory Processing Research

Nicole Wright
Adaptive Baby Care

Ozan Yay
Building Community Through Occupational Engagement in Permanent Supportive Housing

Joyce Yoo
Occupational Therapy in Pediatric Mental Health: Charging into the Unknown

Amy Zhao
Establishing Roots for Occupational Therapy in Community-Based Pediatric Mental Health

Pengchen (Patrice) Zhao
Navigating Occupational Therapy in a Rural Mental Health System

2019 Presentations

2018 Presentations

2017 Presentations