University of Southern California
University of Southern California

About Us

The MSOP lab employs a holistic approach to examine interrelationships among occupational performance, health, and well-being. Particular areas of interest include worker well-being within built, organizational, and social contexts, as well as the evaluation, prevention, and rehabilitation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. MSOP research is highly transdisciplinary, leveraging collaborations among occupational science, rehabilitation science, radiologic science, engineering, medicine, and other disciplines to advance knowledge across three primary areas:

  • Investigating, measuring, and intervening to optimize interactions among environments (built, organizational, social), occupational performance (e.g., praxis, engagement, productivity), and the health and well-being of workers
  • Understanding how individual behaviors, physical exposures, stress, psychosocial factors, and personality traits relate to the development of musculoskeletal disorders or other work-related injuries, and how each factor mitigates or promotes successful prevention (e.g., ergonomics) and rehabilitation (e.g., hand therapy) efforts
  • Advancing the use of sonographic imaging for the evaluation, prevention, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with a primary focus on the upper extremities