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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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Amber Angell | DREAmS Lab

About Amber Angell and the DREAmS Lab

The Disparity Reduction and Equity in Autism Services (DREAmS) Lab is led by Amber Angell PhD, OTR/L. Our mission is to identify, measure, understand, and reduce disparities in autism diagnosis and services. Our overarching vision is to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity for all individuals on the autism spectrum. We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, students, and volunteers, and we use a range of health services research methods and designs, including surveys, large data analysis of health records, in-depth qualitative methods, and mixed methods approaches. Our research focuses on groups of autistic people that are under-identified with autism, under-represented in research, and under-served in health systems. Current projects focus on autistic girls and women, Latinx autistic children and their families, and LGBTQIA+ autistic adults.

About the residency

The following are examples of activities that a DREAmS Lab OTD Resident might engage in:

  • Support grant and manuscript preparation (literature reviews, manuscript editing and/or prep)
  • Support dissemination of findings (create and/or present posters or oral presentations at conferences, create social media content)
  • Manage/monitor IRBs, create research documents (informed consent, recruitment materials, interview guides)
  • Manage lab social media accounts
  • Attend weekly lab meetings, present ‘journal club’ findings (recent research studies relevant to lab mission)
  • Engage with stakeholders and research participants (residents fluent in Spanish are especially encouraged to apply)
  • Act as a project manager for one or more research studies (coordinate and organize meetings, prepare agendas/minutes, monitor study tasks, delegate to RAs)
  • Transcribe and code interviews

The resident will dedicate 30 hours/week during fall and spring semesters and 40 hours/week in the summer semester.

Financial support

Individuals may apply for competitive division scholarship awards. These scholarships will cover up to 18 units of tuition.

Contact information

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Angell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).