Chan Division News
Lessons in Leadership
Posted Jan 16, 2020
What I learned during my capstone externship with Katie Jordan
By Melissa Martinez MA ’19, OTD ’20 The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy strives to prepare future clinicians who will become leaders in the field. Leadership themes and training are woven into our entire curriculum, including a leadership capstone course during… Read more
Meet the three Trojans running for national association office
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Faculty members and student are hoping to make a difference in 2020 and beyond.
Two USC Chan faculty members, Yasi Amanat and Katie Jordan, and one graduate student, Janis Yue, are running for volunteer leadership positions in the American Occupational Therapy Association. We asked the three qualified and passionate candidates to explain why, in their own words, they are… Read more
At Pasadena theater, the ghost of Christmas, relaxed
Posted Dec 20, 2019
How a relaxed performance of “A Christmas Carol” was made possible with guidance from USC Chan occupational therapist.
By Mike McNulty The lights did not dim and the crowd did not hush when Ebenezer Scrooge stepped onstage last weekend in Pasadena. Rather, some in the audience wore noise-reducing headphones. Others handled fidget toys. All were free to come and go, as quietly or as loudly, as they pleased. At this… Read more
Here’s one way to get more diversity in science and health fields
Posted Dec 18, 2019
When you don’t know any doctors or scientists, it can be tough to imagine becoming one. The USC STAR program introduces teens to real lab work, and it’s one of many initiatives supported by the university’s Good Neighbors Campaign.
By Eric Lindberg / USC News USC's STAR program brings together students from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, like Nirali Patel, center, to work with USC faculty members on research. (USC Photo/Eric Lindberg) Jenny Martínez speaks up for people who don’t have a voice in the health care… Read more
Faculty duo earn national award for industry magazine article
Posted Dec 17, 2019
Stephanie Tsai and Elyse Peterson to receive the 2020 AOTA Jeanette Bair Writer’s Award.
By Mike McNulty Stephanie Tsai, assistant clinical professor USC Chan faculty members Stephanie Tsai MA ’16, OTD ’17 and Elyse Peterson MA ’11, OTD ’12 have been named recipients of the 2020 Jeanette Bair Writer’s Award by the American Occupational Therapy Association for their OT Practice… Read more
Embracing the Unknown
Posted Dec 5, 2019
Student Ambassador Catherine interviews fellow OTD student Ana Sanchez about her decision to pursue the OTD and her residency at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) bringing Lifestyle Redesign® services to college students.
Photo courtesy of Ana Sanchez Why did you decide to pursue your OTD? The reason was really simple. I wanted to have the option to teach in the future, and I knew that if I didn’t do the OTD now, I wouldn’t come back to school again. How did you get into your residency? During the summer, I… Read more
Video: Intelligent desk that promotes office worker health, wellness and productivity
Posted Nov 21, 2019
When you think of an intelligent machine, what comes to mind? Associate Professor Shawn Roll, co-principal investigator of the "Coadaptation of Intelligent Office Desks and Human Users to Promote Worker Productivity, Health and Wellness" study, helps explain the future of intelligent workspaces in… Read more
Shawn Roll named Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Posted Nov 15, 2019
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
Posted Nov 8, 2019
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
Posted Nov 6, 2019
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