University of Southern California
University of Southern California

Active Research

Enhancing Office Worker Wellness >

Our transdisciplinary team is developing an artificial intelligence office workstation that can adapt and coevolve with the human user to improve environmental conditions and postures to enhance worker health and performance.

Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk Assessment in Dental Hygienists >

We are identifying factors associated with the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in dental hygienists, primarily through the adaptation and development of various ergonomic observation analysis techniques.

Work-Related Injuries in Sonographers >

Through ongoing collaborations with colleagues at The Ohio State University, we are exploring both risk factors and preventive strategies to reduce the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in sonographers.

Early Identification of Median Nerve Pathology >

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With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the aim of this study is to establish an early detection method for median nerve pathology using sonography and develop a predictive model of the development of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mind-Body Interventions in Hand Therapy >

Hand Therapy

The aims of this project are to develop and investigate the effects of mind-body interventions on outcomes in hand therapy. With pilot funding from the American Hand Therapy Foundation, we evaluated the impact of a mindfulness-based body scan and sonographic biofeedback on stress, anxiety, and pain within a treatment session. We are continuing to evaluate the effects of such interventions across a full episode of care.

Applications for Sonography in Hand Therapy >

Sonographic biofeedback in hand therapy during tweezer use

With funding from numerous organizations including NIH, professional foundations in sonography and hand therapy, and private industry, the MSOP lab is actively exploring the most useful applications and developing protocols for the use of sonographic imaging to enhance hand therapy practice.