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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 Advanced Clinical Practice track.

USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nationally recognized leader in developing and supporting quality services and systems for individuals with, or at risk for, behavioral, developmental, and/or special health care needs and their families. Our purpose is to provide leadership in strengthening family-centered, consumer responsive, culturally-competent services and systems for the benefit of individuals and their families.

The USC UCEDD, founded in 1966, is one of over 67 UCEDDs in the nation, authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), and a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). These university centers work with people with disabilities and members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers on projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information sharing, with a focus on building the capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens. The goal: to enhance quality of life.

About the residency

The advanced clinical OTD residency track with USC UCEDD at CHLA is a 12 month program, 30 hours per week, where students must meet the following prerequisites to be considered for the interview and selection process:

  1. USC OTD admission criteria
  2. Minimum of one (1) level II Fieldwork (or employment) in a pediatric setting
  3. Experience and interest in inter-professional collaboration
  4. Applicants must be cleared to take the NBCOT and have a temporary license by the middle of September.
  5. Must complete Level II Fieldwork at the UCEDD Summer Program before starting residency in Fall
  6. Dedicated focus/interest in pediatrics, neurodevelopmental disabilities, and interest in outpatient pediatrics
  7. Spanish-speaking individuals strongly preferred

Description of Residency Activities
California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Training Program:

  • Eight-month program, September through May, every Wednesday 8am – 4:30pm
  • Leadership Seminar activities meet once per month, 8am – 5pm on a Friday
  • Structured around seven monthly modules, each in neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Provides long-term graduate level interdisciplinary training in:
    • Community education/technical assistance
    • Policy/advocacy
    • Research
    • Clinical services and care
  • Prepares trainees from diverse professional disciplines and backgrounds to assume leadership roles in your respective fields
  • Leadership Project activities within LEND will support OTD Capstone projects, with the development of leadership skills by integrating multiple aspects of the training program under the umbrella of a theme or focus that includes activities related to policy, research, community education/technical assistance
  • CA-LEND activities provide a structured network and support toward the OTD Resident Capstone, with interdisciplinary collaboration and mentorship opportunities

Clinical caseload
OTD Residents will maintain an active caseload of children, adolescents, transitional age youth between ages of 0 and 21 years of age, and their families. Services include a combination of interdisciplinary assessment, individual and group therapy sessions on site at the UCEDD, 3250 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90010 and/or in the child’s natural environment. Mental health services are funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Financial support

This opportunity offers financial support including 24 units of paid tuition, a paid student worker position, as well as health and dental insurance and the student health center fee.