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Shawn Roll named Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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The honor recognizes Roll's scholarly contributions to advancing sonography beyond traditional medical uses.

Shawn Roll, PhD in Occupational Science program director and associate professor PhD in Occupational Science Program Director and Associate Professor Shawn Roll has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Fewer than 3 percent of AIUM members — a multidisciplinary… Read more

USC study shows occupational therapy helps diabetes patients make lifestyle changes that can prevent serious health complications
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The pilot study is the first to be completed under a novel academic-government collaboration between the SC CTSI, the UCLA CTSI, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

By Paul Karon / SC CTSI Associate Professor Beth Pyatak A USC pilot study has indicated that an occupational therapy intervention can help diabetes patients make the kind of important and long-lasting lifestyle changes that have the potential to substantially improve their health and prevent serious… Read more

The garden of life at CHP
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By revitalizing a forgotten garden, one USC student learned to grow so much more

By Kaho Ishizuki MA ’20 USC Landscape Shop staff member Jose Lopez and Maria Cristina Jiménez MA ’20 Walk out on the Center for the Health Professions (CHP) building patio shared by USC's occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy programs, and you will see eight thriving garden beds.… Read more

New admissions director looks to help applicants tame the grad school jungle
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Alumna Arameh Anvarizadeh working towards a holistic admissions process

By Mike McNulty Arameh Anvarizadeh, director of admissions and associate clinical professor "Maybe it's the leo — the lioness — in me, wanting to tame the jungle," says Associate Clinical Professor Arameh Anvarizadeh ’05, MA ’06, OTD ’07, who has been newly appointed as director of… Read more

Jordan, Pyatak named fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association
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Awards to be given at 2020 conference in Boston

By Mike McNulty Associate Chair of Clinical Services and Clinical Professor Katie Jordan MA ’03, OTD ’04 and Associate Professor Beth Pyatak MA ’04, PhD ’10 have been named recipients of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows award. The award recognizes… Read more

Schepens Niemiec selected for NIH-funded program to reduce Alzheimer’s-related disparities
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In partnership with USC Roybal Institute on Aging, program accelerates innovative research by junior scientists

By Mike McNulty Stacey Schepens Niemiec, assistant professor of research Assistant Professor of Research Stacey Schepens Niemiec Postdoc ’13 has been selected to participate in a scientific training program funded by the National Institutes of Health that supports junior scientists to develop… Read more

On Capitol Hill as an OT Student
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By Hannah Na Chan Division students in front of the Capitol Last Monday, I attended the AOTA Hill Day in DC with some of my OT classmates and Dr. Beth Pyatak. What is Hill Day you ask? Hill Day is a day when hundreds of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students get… Read more

Reducing Their Carbon Footprint through Cycling
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In honor of National Walk and Bike to School Day, Student Ambassador Kaho interviews two USC Chan faculty, Drs. Camille Dieterle and Cheryl Vigen, who regularly bike to the university.

What made you want to start biking to work? Dieterle: I started biking around the University of Georgia (UGA) campus where I was an undergraduate because the campus was so big I couldn't get to class on time any other way. I immediately loved it and have bike commuted ever since. Through the years… Read more

Latest issue of AJOT features 23 USC-affiliated authors
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Katie Jordan is guest editor of the journal’s special issue on primary care

By Mike McNulty Nearly two dozen Trojans authors – including faculty and staff members, students and alumni – were published in the Sept./Oct. 2019 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. The special issue focused on primary care, an area of occupational therapy research and… Read more

Lending a Helping Hand
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Student Ambassador Kaho interviews Areli Benitez about her decision to pursue the OTD and her residency providing hand therapy at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC).

LAC+USC, or “County” as it is often referred to, is one of the busiest hospitals in the Western United States, providing healthcare services for people in the area who are medically underserved and treating over 28 percent of LA County trauma victims. Areli Benitez at LAC + USC Medical Center… Read more

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