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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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This is an OTD residency opportunity in the Clinical Research track.

Shawn Roll | Musculoskeletal Sonography & Occupational Performance (MSOP) Lab

About the MSOP lab

Research conducted in the Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance laboratory, led by Dr. Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM, is focused on the prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on the use of musculoskeletal sonographic imaging. The laboratory explores the interactions among environmental, activity and psychosocial factors, as well as their positive and negative effects on body structures, functions and occupational performance. This research, conducted in laboratory, clinical and community-based settings, is meant to inform and enhance preventive and rehabilitative interventions. Research conducted in the MSOP lab strives to advance the understanding of musculoskeletal disorders through a holistic approach to effectively evaluate and provide prevention or rehabilitation interventions within the adult population.

About the residency

Current opportunities for an OTD resident lie in active projects related to identifying and remediating the risk of work-related musculoskeletal injuries, with a specific focus on carpal tunnel syndrome. In collaboration with faculty in the Viterbi School of Engineering, we are leveraging artificial intelligence to develop a “smart” workstation that will monitor user posture and adapt the environment to improve health and wellness. The MSOP team is providing support for identifying posture, evaluating occupational performance, and considering individual user factors. In a second project, we are evaluating factors related to early signs and predictors of carpal tunnel syndrome and other work-related discomfort in dental hygienists. Finally, we are working with an interdisciplinary team of experts across the country to share our knowledge of carpal tunnel syndrome in an effort to apply precision medicine approaches to individualize care and improve prevention and rehabilitation outcomes for this debilitation condition.

This opportunity will provide an OTD resident with foundational knowledge related to conceptualization, methods, design, and conduct of research through immersion in an active, robust research lab. The OTD resident will oversee ongoing literature reviews related to these projects; become proficient in using ergonomic assessment tools to collect data; support data management; participate in data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination activities (e.g., papers, presentations); and assist with academic and research-related writing associated with lab studies and projects (i.e., literature reviews, grants, IRBs, proposals, publications).

More information on these projects, other related projects and activities can be reviewed on the MSOP lab website.

Financial support

The resident will receive a Graduate Assistantship award, which covers 24 units of tuition, plus a stipend, as well as health and dental insurance and the student health center fee.

Contact information

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