Chan Division News
Inclusive LGBTQIA+ Patient Care
Posted Jun 22, 2020
As we celebrate Pride Month, it is necessary to address the importance of inclusive LGBTQIA+ patient care. Four members of our division — Ava Tehrani, Daphne Carcedo Cravens, Dr. Karrie Kingsley and Dr. Tessa Milman – discuss with our student ambassador, Lamoni, how heteronormativity is harmful during patient care and how we can create more inclusive environments.
Why is inclusive LGBTQIA+ patient care important? Ava Tehrani Ava: The LGBTQIA+ community faces substantial health disparities such as limited access to healthcare. The healthcare that they have had access to may have led to bad experiences due to discrimination by healthcare providers as well as… Read more
USC-designed smartphone app aims to get older adults “Moving Up”
Posted Jun 3, 2020
Less than 10% of people aged 65 and up meet the national guidelines for physical activity. USC researchers are seeking to increase this figure through Moving Up, a mobile phone app geared toward older adults.
By Rishbha Bhagi / USC Viterbi School of Engineering Stacey Schepens Niemiec has long been passionate about using technology to improve the health and wellness of older adults. She became concerned with the widening of a “digital divide” among older adults that was limiting their access to… Read more
Six Trojans featured in May issue of OT Practice
Posted May 22, 2020
Five USC Chan faculty members and one alumna made the pages of the May 2020 issue of OT Practice magazine.
By Mike McNulty Five USC Chan faculty members and one alumna made the pages of the May 2020 issue of OT Practice magazine. The cover article, “Helping Clients Prepare for and Recover From Lung Transplant,” was written by alumna Wesley Chen MA ’18, OTD ’19, Assistant Clinical Professor Jamie… Read more
Making a difference: Occupational therapy fellowships impact homeless healthcare in Los Angeles
Posted May 20, 2020
By Matthew Lee / USC Homelessness Initiative Julian Prado works at the JWCH Center for Community Health, located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The community clinic is a specially designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to serve individuals experiencing homelessness, providing… Read more
Creating a virtual community for international students
Posted May 13, 2020
Amidst a global pandemic and powered by online technology, USC Chan's Global Initiatives proves that it's a small, small world.
By Areli Benitez MA ’19, OTD ’20 and Mariah Morris MA ’19, OTD ’20 A vibrant, virtual world has grown within USC Chan's Global Initiatives during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From virtual hangouts on Friday afternoons, to hosting an international mentorship panel with recent USC Chan… Read more
Posted May 11, 2020
By Chandrea Miller / USC Provost They've been called one of the most junior teams to lead a USC collaboration fund center — they, as in, Dr. James M. Finley, Assistant Professor, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Dr. Judy Pa and Dr. Sook- Lei Liew, both, Assistant Professors,… Read more
Occupational therapy for dancers: A senior project by Adam Vesperman
Posted May 6, 2020
By Brigid Murphy / USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Adam Vesperman, a 2020 grad of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, also earned a Minor in Occupational Science. (Photo by Mike Esperanza) USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Student Adam Vesperman (BFA '20) saw his senior project as a way to… Read more
It’s Never Too Late for Graduate School
Posted Apr 30, 2020
Chan student ambassador Kat Hylton talks to three students who pursued a new occupation to become an occupational therapist
By Kat Hylton MA ’20 Changing careers in order to return to grad school is a big decision that nobody makes without thought and contemplation. Each and every path on the educational journey to arrive at USC Chan is unique. As we approach May’s commencement, I asked a few of USC Chan’s… Read more
Making the case for environmentally-informed occupational therapy
Posted Apr 22, 2020
As Earth Day turns 50, Camille Dieterle looks at the future of occupational therapy's approaches to more sustainable living
By Mike McNulty Today marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was first commemorated on April 22, 1970, in a rare alignment of political will, media attention and student-led grassroots activism. What was originally envisioned as rallying for… Read more
Posted Apr 15, 2020
Stress Management Tips for National Stress Awareness Day, from Dr. Tracy Jalaba of the USC OT Faculty Practice.
By Tracy Jalaba OTD, OTR/L In its most basic definition, stress is our body’s response to a demand. With the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the protective measures put in place to try to wrangle it, there has been no shortage of new demands for our bodies to try to adjust to! While… Read more