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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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Chan Division Autism Initiative

About the Autism Initiative

The Chan Division Autism Initiative is dedicated to pursuing interdisciplinary research and innovative programs to enhance the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

About the residency

OTD residents will work alongside a team of Chan Division faculty members and community partners to implement, further develop, and conceptualize a variety of projects. As the Chan Division Autism Initiative continues to evolve, so too does the OTD residency. The result is a multi-faceted, dynamic residency experience rich with opportunity for leadership, creativity, personalization and exploration of professional skills. Residents will need to be flexible, self-directed, collaborative, and have excellent communication abilities.

OTD residents will have the opportunity to:

  • Build relationships with existing community partners and establish new partnerships.
  • Deliver guest lectures and presentations for OT courses and/or community partners.
  • Assist with OT 500: Community Engagement with Individuals with Autism during the spring semester. This course facilitates fieldtrips to the California Science Center with a classroom of students from The Help Group.
  • Collaborate with team members in grant writing and submission.
  • Provide administrative support for the USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certificate Program.
  • Gain research experience through assisting with Collective Narratives, a qualitative study with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and their families.
  • Contribute to the development of a variety of programs in different stages of the development process.

Financial support

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

Contact information

Please contact Emily Ochi OTD, OTR/L at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.