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Bodison to receive AOTF Ayres Award

Award recognizes career-long dedication to the science and practice of sensory integration and processing.

Stefanie Bodison Assistant Professor of Research Stefanie Bodison ’92, MA ’93, OTD ’10 has been named the 2019 recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's A. Jean Ayres Award. The Ayres award recognizes commitment to research-related development or testing of occupational… Read more

On its 20th anniversary, “Occupation as Ends, Occupation as Means” as relevant as ever

How the 1998 article explained occupation-based practice to a generation of clinicians and students.

By Evan Nicholas MA ’19 Julie McLaughlin Gray (Photo by Hannah Benet) Julie McLaughlin Gray's now-familiar article, "Putting Occupation into Practice: Occupation as Ends, and Occupation as Means," turns 20 years old this year. During the past two decades, this seminal work has captured attention… Read more

How your senses can help you better enjoy the holidays

Tips from an occupational therapist for a healthy, happy, holiday season.

By Tessa Milman Wondering how to manage stress this holiday season? Running out of time to recharge and relax? As a full-time working mother of two little ones, I know what it is like to have limited “me time.” If you are feeling pressed for time at this time of year, consider using your senses… Read more

These surprising specialists may help you kick habits and prevent disease

Physical and occupational therapists are teaming up with physicians to provide personalize care for injury recovery, disease prevention and much more.

By Amber Dance / USC Trojan Family Magazine Read more

Pitts named 2019 AOTA Fellow

Award recognizes Pitts' career-long expertise in, and advocacy for, mental and behavioral health.

Deborah Pitts PhD ’12, associate clinical professor of occupational therapy, has been selected as a 2019 inductee to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Roster of Fellows in recognition of her career work towards "sustaining the profession's mental, behavioral health capacities." The… Read more

A real showcase for virtual technologies

Inaugural symposium of Trojans working on VR tools for health and rehab

By Mike McNulty Dominique Duncan, assistant professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, explains a demonstration of her Virtual Brain Segmenter, a VR-based tool for correcting errors that are created during the MRI process. (Photo by Glenn Marzano) At the inaugural USC Virtual… Read more

Board of Councilors member Wayne Hinthorn, 90

Board of Councilors member Wayne Hinthorn, pictured in June 2018. (Photo by Glenn Marzano) Wayne L. Hinthorn went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the morning of Sept. 27, 2018. Born July 25, 1928, in Canon City, Colo., Wayne was the second son of Clinton B. Hinthorn and… Read more

USC Chan welcomes Rebecca Aldrich to faculty

Alumna’s research expertise includes occupational perspectives on marginalized populations.

By Mike McNulty It’s been a decade since the September 2008 Wall Street bankruptcies that symbolically marked the start of America’s Great Recession. Yet while today’s jobless claims have fallen to once-in-a-generation lows, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 1.3 million Americans are… Read more

USC pilots new course about health and wellness

The new class will feature TED talk-style lectures with professors and Q&As.

By Andrea Klick / Daily Trojan Former USG Director of Wellness Affairs and alumna Marina Hrovat and Vice President Blake Ackerman attended the new wellness course during the first week of classes. (Kevin Fohrer | Daily Trojan) USC is piloting a one-unit course that aims to advise students on… Read more

A game like no other: Healing Spaces targets Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

The game — USC alum Gabriela Gomes’ MFA thesis project — is a multisensory experience created to help adults suffering from neurodegenerative diseases to relax and connect with their caregiver.

By Joanna Clay / USC News Multisensory video game Healing Spaces offers an immersive experience to help adults suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. (Screencap courtesy of Healing Spaces/Gabriela Gomes) Stein Duker pointed out that Healing Spaces is also unique in that it curates a whole… Read more

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