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Faculty symposium held ahead of USC Presidential Inauguration
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By HSC News Staff / HSC News USC Chan faculty members Beth Pyatak, second from left, and Sook-Lei Liew, third from left, with USC President Carol Folt. (Photo by Rene Pak) The Health Sciences Campus community recently presented some of its best and brightest faculty members as part of the array of… Read more

Class now in session as China Initiative partnership welcomes inaugural students
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USC curriculum and alumni educating first cohort of dual-degree occupational therapy students at Peking University Health Sciences Center.

By Mike McNulty / PUSHC [Chinese translation] China Initiative Director Julie McLaughlin Gray. (Photo by Psalm Chang) On Sept. 10, leaders from USC Chan joined alongside their counterparts at Peking University Health Sciences Center (PUHSC) to welcome the first class of students enrolled in the… Read more

Column: Gentrification opened a rift between an L.A. church and a children’s center. Can they both survive?
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By Nita Lelyveld / L.A. Times It’s exciting to watch as toddlers with special needs who might have been under-challenged at home settle into the center’s playful, stimulating and very well-thought-out world and sometimes slowly become more social and adventurous. “You see them just taking… Read more

Sook-Lei Liew featured in new GoldieBlox YouTube show highlighting STEM-based career paths
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Series part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN initiative

Today, children’s multimedia company GoldieBlox and IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, launch a new YouTube series, Fast Forward Girls. The show follows the journey of young women as they learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in the real world by… Read more

Grant to expand reach of USC Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program
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As part of the GWEP grant, a team of USC faculty from social work, occupational therapy and pharmacy see older adults in a special clinic at Eisner Health Center.

By Claire Norman / HSC News The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $3.75 million to the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). In 2015, the… Read more

Troy Camp kids return to forest years later — as USC students
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They created unforgettable memories as children in USC’s mentorship program. Now these Trojans are helping the next generation of campers build confidence and make lifelong friends.

By Eric Lindberg / USC News Andrew "Jupiter" Oropeza, front center, attended Troy Camp as a kid. Now the USC undergrad is giving back as a cabin counselor. (Photo/Courtesy of Celso "Grinder" Delgado Jr.) They are powerful role models who bond with their campers over shared experiences and empower… Read more

Virtual reality research team earns USC Collaboration Fund grant
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The interdisciplinary endeavor aims to establish USC as a world leader in the use of virtual technologies for healthcare.

By John Hobbs Photo by Nate Jensen Move over, gamers. There are some new players in the world of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). Increasingly, healthcare providers are looking to the immersive nature of VR as a way to treat a myriad of conditions. In fact, the market for virtual reality-based… Read more

Alumna earns highest award from Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
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Susan Forwell MA ’89, PhD ’05 was awarded the 2018 Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award by the Conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. The award honors a CAOT member who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through scholarship, education and… Read more

Shawn Phipps delivers TEDx talk on occupational therapy and neuroplasticity
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Watch the TEDx talk from Shawn Phipps ’97, Board of Councilors member and adjunct faculty, from March's TEDxAlmansorPark event organized by alumnus Bill Wong MA ’11, OTD ’13.

Shawn Phipps at TEDxAlmansorPark Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA tells the inspirational story of the challenges and triumphs of a patient who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident. The power of Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity is described using the… Read more

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

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