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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

Pursuing research for the OTD

Student Ambassador Etta interviews Meghan Neureither about her work as an OTD Resident.

Why did you pick the research track? I chose the research track because I have always had an interest in research, but was not sure about committing myself to a four-year PhD program. Working in research has been incredible, and allowed me to think on the larger scale, and bigger picture. It is… Read more

The Doctor(ate) is in

As many of our Accelerated Master's to OTD students begin to plan for the doctoral program next year, four current OTD students — Kaitlyn Cruz, Laryssa Green, Keilani Phillips, and Phillip Lee — discuss their experiences with our Student Ambassador Etta.

Why did you decide to pursue your OTD? Kaitlyn: I decided to pursue my OTD for many reasons: to advance the profession of occupational therapy, to lay down a foundation to be a leader in the field, to progress towards my future goals and to overall prepare me as the best clinician I can possibly be.… Read more

New course on thriving at USC and beyond earns rave reviews

In a low-stress class geared toward incoming freshmen, students develop skills to lead balanced and fulfilling lives.

By Eric Lindberg / USC News Debbie Lee didn’t realize how much she was ignoring her health and wellness. The USC junior has a packed schedule — serving as president of the undergraduate student body and volunteering with a Christian ministry on campus while pursuing her political science major.… Read more

For faculty with OT spouses, love actually is all around

Collaboration with Katie Jordan, Kim Lenington and Danny Park Edited by Joyce Yoo Have you ever wondered what it would be like, both personally and professionally, to date or marry a fellow occupational therapist? Would it affect how you manage your household? Or how you raise children? Three USC… Read more

China Initiative scholars at the halfway point of their USC journey

By Evan Nicholas Yijun “Jane” Liu and Hui “Angela” Wang knew they were in for an adventure when they accepted a 2017 offer to become USC Chan’s China Initiative Scholars. As such, Yijun and Hui will earn both master's and clinical doctorate degrees at USC before accepting positions in… Read more

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