University of Southern California
University of Southern California

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Director

Shawn C. Roll

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Curriculum Vitae
Shawn C. Roll received his BS in Occupational Therapy, MS in Allied Health Professions with a Minor in Research Methods, and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching. Dr. Roll is a registered and licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) and a registered musculoskeletal sonographer (RMSKS). Dr. Roll has clinical experience in work programs, focusing on assessment, prevention, and rehabilitation of work-related injuries, and his research leverages his combined professional and clncial expertise to understand the intersections among workplace environments, work performance, and worker health and well-being. For his scholarly and professional contribtuions has was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) in 2015, Fellow of the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (FAIUM) in 2019, and became the 76th inductee into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research in 2021.

Research Team

Sandy Takata

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PhD Candidate
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Sandy Takata is a licensed and registered occupational therapist and PhD candidate in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.  She received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Degree at USC after completing her residency at St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation & Wellness’s Outpatient Orthopedic Hand Clinic.  Prior to her clinical residency, she completed a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at USC and a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine. Sandy is interested in translational research that informs future interventions and studies in the area of hand therapy.

Buwen Yao

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PhD Candidate
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Buwen Yao is currently a PhD candidate in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She completed her first year of residency at Peking University Third Hospital for rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient clinic. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine at Peking University. Buwen is interested in applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound as a component of orthopedic medicine and rehabilitation.

Yoko Fukumura

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PhD Student
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Yoko Fukumura is a licensed and registered occupational therapist and PhD student in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She received her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy at USC Chan and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory of Music. Yoko supports the MSOP lab’s funded NSF grant to develop an artificial intelligence workstation for office workers that can support positive health behaviors and reduce work-related stress and injury. Yoko’s research interests include injury prevention, health behavior, and ergonomics.

Katie Loomis

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PhD Student
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Katie Loomis is a licensed and registered occupational therapist, certified hand therapist, and PhD student in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She completed her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at USC in 2012, and she completed 8 years of clinical practice in hand rehabilitation prior to returning to pursue her PhD. Katie is interested in understanding the practice patterns most related to positive patient outcomes in hand therapy to support the widespread advancement of hand therapy practice.

Yiyang (Sunny) Fang

Yiyang (Sunny) Fang

PhD Student
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Sunny Fang is a licensed and registered occupational therapist who has been engaged in the MSOP research lab since 2017, when she started as an undergraduate research assistant. Sunny completed her BS and MA degrees in Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and she is now pursuing her OTD on the research track. Sunny is interested in conducting research to identify ways in which occupational therapists can support the prevention of work-related injuries.

Samantha Yo

Samantha Yo

OTD Resident
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Samantha Yo is currently an OTD resident in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Luming Yang

Luming Yang

OTD Resident
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Luming Yang is currently an OTD resident in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Chen Gong

Chen Gong

OTD Resident
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Chen Gong is currently an OTD resident in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Alyssa Matlosz

Alyssa Matlosz

Master’s Student Research Assistant
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Alyssa Matlosz is currently a Master’s student in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She received her Master of Arts in Media Arts, Games and Health in 2020 and Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts + Practice in 2019 from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Alyssa is interested in research exploring the role of emerging technology in occupational therapy practice.

Jiwon Shin

Jiwon Shin

Master’s Student Research Assistant
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Jiwon Shin is currently a Master’s student in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Yeyang Tang

Yeyang Tang

Master’s Student Research Assistant
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Yeyang Tang is currently a Master’s student in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.


Leiyanne Roldan

Leiyanne Roldan

Undergraduate Student Assistant

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Arianna Lopez

Arianna Lopez

Undergraduate Student Assistant

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Sunny Fang and Sam Randolph

Trisha Willie and Yoojin Chung

Undergraduate Student Volunteers

Melanie Kijel

Melanie Kijel

Student Volunteer

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Collaborators

Nancy Baker

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Dr. Baker is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. Her expertise is at the integration of hand impairment and work, and her research reflects a synthesis of preventing work-related hand injuries (ergonomics), addressing work-related limitations due to hand impairment (arthritis), and determining conservative treatments for work-related hand injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome).  Her research has focused on the effect of musculoskeletal disorders on performance during everyday tasks and interventions to improve that performance, with a focus on hand-intensive work tasks, such as computer use or dentistry. Dr. Baker engages with the MSOP lab on numerous research activities related to carpal tunnel syndrome and work-related hand injuries.

Kevin D. Evans

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Dr. Evans is Professor and Director of the Division of Radiologic Sciences at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Evans is a pre-eminent leader in the sonography profession having served as President of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Chair of the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Editor for the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Dr. Evans is an accomplished scholar, with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and he is a leader in research within the sonography profession. His research is focused on improving sonographic training and exploring the impact of work-related tasks on musculoskeletal disorders in sonographers. Dr. Evans engages with the MSOP lab on numerous research activities related to the advancement of musculoskeletal sonography and the prevention of injuries in ultrasound users.

Wendy Mack

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Dr. Mack is Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She co-directs the department’s Division of Biostatistics graduate programs and directs Biostatistics Resources at the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI). Professor Mack has more than 20 years of experience directing biostatistical and data coordination activities, primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her expertise includes the design, conduct, and analysis of multiple single-centered and multi-centered clinical trials and observational studies. Dr. Mack engages with the MSOP lab on multiple funded research projects and student training awards.

Burcin Becerik-Gerber

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Dr. Becerik-Gerber is Dean’s Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USC. Dr. Becerik-Gerber’s research focuses on the design, automation, control, and visualization of user-centered responsive and adaptive built environments. To date, she has authored around 130 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. Her work has received support worth over $6.3m individual and collaborative grants from a variety of agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Transportation. Dr. Becerik-Gerber engages with the MSOP lab on research activities related to worker health and well-being in the built environment.

Gale Lucas

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Dr. Lucas is a Research Assistant Professor in the Viterbi School of Engineering and works at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). She obtained her BA from Willamette University in 2005 and her PhD from Northwestern University in 2010.  Her expertise is in human-computer interaction, affective computing, and trust-in-automation, and her research focuses on rapport, disclosure, trust, persuasion, and negotiation with virtual agents and social robots. Dr. Lucas engages with the MSOP lab on research activities related to the integration of technologies into the workplace to support worker health and well-being.

Lori Michener

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Dr. Michener is a Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Dr. Michener’s research characterizes the biomechanics of musculoskeletal shoulder pain, diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and cervical pain, clinical trials investigating optimal treatment strategies for shoulder and cervical disorders, and the use of patient-rated outcomes measurement tools to assess health-related quality of life. Dr. Michener engages with the MSOP lab on research activities related to the use of musculoskeletal sonography to advance upper extremity rehabilitation.

Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell

Research Sonographer
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A Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, Jennifer has been servicing the ultrasound community since 2001. Ms. Mitchell is a versatile businesswoman and also an accomplished ultrasound sales professional and licensed sonographer. She conducts business at hospitals and imaging centers nationwide and has also been both a successful small business operator and a highly effective Sonographer who maintains one step ahead of the ultrasound market. Ms. Mitchell began her career as a sonographer at Kaiser Permanente Hospital after graduating from a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in 1999, she then became a Regional Sales Director for Mooney Airplane Company. She founded her own company, Power Imaging in 2000 and it continues to be one of California’s leading companies offering sonography services.  In addition, she provides sales support, customer education and training for GE Healthcare.

Jane Forrest

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Dr. Forrest is a registered dental hygienist and has a long-standing interest in advancing the practice, health, and well-being of dental hygiene professionals.  As a PI and the Director for the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice (NCDHRP), Dr. Forrest has been responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating grants with the goal of building a strong scientific base for dental hygiene. She has developed a USC Technology Enhanced Learning Incentive Program, “Integrating Body Mechanics into Dental Hygiene Education,” and has evaluated the integration of proper body mechanics and motor/clinical skill development into the teaching of dental hygiene clinical skills.

Diane Melrose

Diane Melrose

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Diane Melrose is Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Chair of the Dental Hygiene Program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Diane’s interests and expertise are in smoking cessation, oral health care promotion, and the relationship between nutrition and oral health.

Joan Beleno

Joan Beleno

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Joan is a clinical instructor and a research coordinator at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in the Dental Hygiene department. Joan also works as a dental hygienist in the West Los Angeles area and is a trustee to the California Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Kristi Marshall

Kristi Marshall

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Kristi Marshall is Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene and Chair of the Dental Hygiene Program for the School of Dentistry at Loma Linda University.

Alumni

Kryztopher Tung

Kryztopher Tung

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018-2020)
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After receiving a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on ergonomics and occupational biomechanics from the University of Utah, Dr. Tung completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the MSOP lab. Dr. Tung’s primary research interests include upper extremity musculoskeletal injury prevention in various working populations, lower extremity biomechanics, and gait analysis during various work tasks. His first placement following the post-doctoral training was as a biomechanical consultant for Rimkus Consulting, where he examines injury consistency biomechanics in upper extremity musculoskeletal injury, human gait and balance, slips/trips and falls, vehicle accident reconstruction, and occupant motion.

Mark Hardison

Mark Hardison

PhD Student (2014-2019)
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Dr. Mark Hardison completed his PhD in Occupational Science in August 2019. His dissertation, entitled “Exploring the Effects of Mindfulness on Psychosocial Factors for Patients Receiving Hand Therapy,” explored the psychosocial needs of individuals with hand injuries and investigated the use of mindfulness as a preparatory activity within the hand therapy context. During his tenure in the MSOP lab, Dr. Hadison provided 16 conference presentations, contributed to 6 peer-reviewed manuscripts, received a research grant from the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy, and was awarded the Elizabeth June Yerxa Award for scholarly achievements at USC. Dr. Hardison’s first placement following graduation was as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of New Mexico.

LeRoy Downs — Lab Manager (2016-21)
Samantha Randolph — Undergraduate & MA Research Assistant (2017-21)
Jody Liu — OTD Resident (2019-20)
Juliana Dole — MA Research Assistant (2019-20)
Annie Lee — Undergraduate Research Assistant (2017-18)
Kayla Gan — Undergraduate Research Assistant (2017-18)
Nina Wakayama — MA Research Assistant (2017-18)
Joyce Ho — MA Research Assistant (2017-18)
Cassie Tseng — MA Research Assistant (2017)
Ariana Cristino — BS Research Assistant (2016-17)
Hsien-Chih Chiu — MA Research Assistant (2016-17)
Nikki Colclazier — MS Research Assistant (2016-17)
Brian Van Der Wyk — OTD Resident (2016)
Emily Wade — OTD Resident (2015-16)
Justina Wong — MA Research Assistant (2015-16)
Cristina Asai — Research Volunteer (2015)
Naoya (Nick) Ogura — MA Research Assistant (2014-15)
Gabriel Messenger — MA Research Assistant (2012-14)
Delila Newman — Research Volunteer (2014)
Phillip Lin — MA Research Assistant (2013-14)
Heng (Hannah) Chang — Research Volunteer (2014)
Julieann Tsai — Research Volunteer (2012-13)
Monique Wolkoff — Research Volunteer (2012-13)
Tina Sehremelis — Research Volunteer (2012-13)