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

Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance Laboratory

Active Research

Early Identification of Median Nerve Pathology

Shawn and Mark 800

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 development of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome.

Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk Assessment in Dental Hygienists

With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), we aim to identify factors associated with the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in dental hygienists, primarily through adaptation and development of various ergonomic observation analysis techniques.

Enhancing Office Worker Wellness

With funding from the National Science Foundation, our transdisciplinary team is currently evaluating the use of artificial intelligence to develop an office workstation that can adapt and coevolve with the human user to improve environmental conditions, positioning, and postures that will enhance worker health, wellness, and productivity.

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 effects of such interventions across a full episode of care.

Work-Related Injuries in Sonographers

Through on-going 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.