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The mental health Rubik’s Cube: Finding the right balance

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, and as USC Chan occupational therapy student Katherine Crutsinger looks forward to her clinical career ahead, she reflects on her father’s and her own lived experiences with mental health.

By Katherine Crutsinger MA ’19 As a child and adult, I was really disappointed by my dad’s limitations, but I was not able to connect them with his mental health. Instead, I was angry at a father who did not provide the love and support that I had seen in other friends’ fathers. For much of my… Read more

Katie Jordan joins national expert panel on opioid use disorder

Jordan is the only occupational therapist on 25-member panel reporting on opioid-related healthcare quality measures to inform federal programs.

By Mike McNulty Opioid-related overdose deaths have increased during the past decade in epidemic proportions — nearly 50,000 Americans died in 2017 due to both prescription and illicit opioid use. It’s an alarming problem with complex causes, and organizations and providers alike are scrambling… Read more

Obtiene la maestría en USC con el apoyo de la Iniciativa Vecinal para niños del sur Los Ángeles / Earning her USC master’s degree with support from the Neighborhood Initiative for South L.A. children

Viviana Padilla inició sus esfuerzos escolares de la mano de su padre hace 17 años; el ya no vivió para verla terminar sus estudios / Viviana Padilla began her scholastic efforts with the guidance of her father 17 years ago; He did not live to see her finish her studies

Viviana Padilla, member of USC Chan's graduating class of 2019 (Photo by Aurelia Ventura/La Opinion) By Araceli Martínez Ortega / La Opinión Viviana Padilla le tiene un gran regalo a sus padres, su graduación de su maestría en terapia ocupacional por la Universidad del Sur de California (USC).… Read more

How one PhD student is emphasizing the World in World Autism Month

By Bryan Kang MA ’18, OTD ’19 April is World Autism Month, a time to recommit to raising awareness of, and support understanding for, individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy continues to be a leader in autism research, and… Read more

New course bridges continents to discuss global perspectives on occupation and justice

This spring semester, USC Chan master’s students had a new elective opportunity in their course options, one that connected them with new classmates halfway around the world.

OT 599 Special Topics, titled “Bridging Global Perspectives on Occupation and Justice,” was taught for the first time by USC Chan’s Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy Rebecca Aldrich. Aldrich designed the new course specifically to be taught simultaneously with a partner… Read more

Five years in the making: My experiences in the Occupational Science PhD program and my advice for new and prospective students

By Mark Hardison PhD ’19 Mark Hardison PhD ’19 Deciding to get a PhD is a big decision; at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, it is a life-changing opportunity. It has completely transformed my understanding of science and clinical practice. More importantly,… Read more

Semira Dariushnia named 2019 commencement speaker

Family physician and USC Chan Board of Councilors member to keynote May 10 ceremony

Semira Dariushnia, USC Chan's 2019 commencement speaker. (Photo by Glenn Marzano) Semira Dariushnia will address hundreds of Trojan occupational therapy graduates as USC Chan’s 2019 commencement speaker. The family physician is passionate about the provision of quality health care and the… Read more

This April, advocate for occupational therapy

By Joyce Yoo Velia Lozick at her White Coat Ceremony at the beginning of the program April is Occupational Therapy Month, and part of its celebration includes advocating for our amazing profession. To get some ideas about things that I can do to get involved, I spoke with Velia Lozick MA ’19, a… Read more

Elementary school students tap imagination and empathy to design mural in new USC research lab

Lab studying early screening, sensory issues tied to autism opens with Mirman School field trip visit.

By Mike McNulty Mirman School students interacting with the insp!re lab's wall mural. (Photo by Hannah Benet) Harness the collective imagination of nearly 50 kids, channel it through their art and technology teachers, add a Hollywood production designer’s know-how and unleash it all on a blank… Read more

From recovery to aspiring therapist

By Joyce Yoo Rachel Eckerling, BS ’19, MA ’20 battled anorexia for 13 years and met with more than 70 therapists on her route to recovery. For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from Feb. 25 to Mar. 3, the now-recovered 22-year-old bachelor’s–to-master’s student shares her definition… Read more

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