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Q&A with the author of the Model of Occupational Harmony, Dr Yijun Liu ⟩
November 11, 2023

China Initiative Health and Wellness International

Dr. Yijun Liu, author of the Model of Occupational Harmony (MOHar), shared her perspectives on the development and future of MOHar in an interview with the China Initiative.

The China Initiative invited Dr. Yijun Liu, author of the Model of Occupational Harmony (MOHar) and an instructor in the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree program, to share her vision for the development of MOHar and its application in the field of occupational science (OS) globally. The MOHar is a conceptual…

The First China Initiative Community Reunion ⟩
October 13, 2023

China Initiative Community and Partners International Students

The China Initiative team hosted the first virtual reunion with the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree students and graduates, as well as previous China Initiative OTD residents, celebrating a growing community of professionals advancing OT in China.

Last week, the USC China Initiative celebrated a heartwarming reunion, bringing together students, educators, and professionals in a special virtual gathering. Hosted by the China Initiative team, the event demonstrated the strong and supportive community that has grown out of the unique partnership…

Celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month ⟩
October 12, 2023

Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty Students

To celebrate National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, observed every Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, USC Chan students and faculty members explain what the month personally means, about occupations that are influenced by or represent their heritage, and how their identity influences their everyday participation at USC Chan. ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Latinx/Hispana!

Tossho Alba Tossho Alba This month holds great significance to me, as it’s a time to celebrate and honor our rich culture, especially considering my diverse heritage. My mother is from El Salvador and my father is from Mexico, so it’s a moment to appreciate the unique blend of traditions and…

Mary Foto BS ’66, 82 ⟩
September 18, 2023


Foto was an alumna of the Class of 1966 and member of the division's Board of Councilors since 1997.

Mary Foto It is with great sadness that the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) announces that Mary Foto, OT, FAOTA, CCM, AOTA Past President (1995–1998), passed away last week at her home in Colorado. Few people have had such a significant impact on the practice and profession of…

Eight faculty members, alums presenting at adult rehabilitation specialty conference ⟩
September 14, 2023

Alumni Associations and Bodies Clinical Conferences Faculty

The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Adult Rehabilitation Specialty Conference to be held in mid-October.

Eight USC Chan faculty members and alumni will be sharing their expertise at the upcoming adult rehabilitation specialty conference hosted by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The conference will be held Oct. 20-21 in Baltimore, Maryland. “The AOTA adult rehab conference offers…

Where the China Initiative all began ⟩
September 7, 2023

Academics and Courses Alumni China Initiative Community and Partners Global Initiatives

In China, Teacher's Day is an official national holiday recognized on Sept. 10. To help celebrate, China Initiative residents Sanny Ning and Li Shan Wee, and faculty member Elena Meng, spoke with the dual-degree program's alumni who are now back in Beijing teaching the next generation of occupational therapists.

In August 2022, the USC Chan Division celebrated the first cohort of graduates from the USC–PKUHSC dual-degree program. Students in the program earn an entry-level master’s degree in rehabilitation therapy (occupational therapy track) at PKUHSC followed by a post-professional occupational…

USC Chan Division Welcomes Third Cohort of Dual-Degree Students from PKUHSC ⟩
August 31, 2023

China Initiative Community and Partners International Students

USC Chan Division China Initiative welcomes the third cohort of dual-degree students from PKUHSC, setting a positive tone for the academic year and building a strong community for international students.

On August 31, 2023, the USC China Initiative marked a significant milestone as it welcomed the third and final cohort of students associated with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) to complete their occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) year…

Three standout selections cap off inaugural gamechanger challenge ⟩
August 25, 2023

Awards Community and Partners Events

Cash prizes will fund continued mobilization of most polished, most outside-the-box and best designed products.

By Katherine Dumangas MA ’22, OTD ’23 Three standout selections were announced by judges at the closing ceremony of the division’s inaugural gamechanger Knowledge Mobilization Team Challenge, an 8-week effort during which teams of USC Chan faculty, staff and stakeholders created practical…

USC-PKUHSC Dual-Degree OTD Monthly Seminars: Summer 2023 Semester Recap ⟩
August 8, 2023

Academics and Courses China Initiative Community and Partners International

USC-PKUHSC dual-degree cohort 2 students conclude their Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) year by integrating mixed-track residency experiences and applying their learning across cultural contexts during the final series of monthly seminars.

During the Summer semester, the China Initiative hosted the third and final series of monthly seminars for the second cohort of dual-degree students from Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC), as they wrap up their Summer semester in the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program. These…

China Initiative Team Delivers Annual Presentation at the Chan Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) ⟩
July 20, 2023

China Initiative International Lectures and Talks Students

The China Initiative team gave a presentation to international visitors interested in OT in the United States, delving into its history, mission, and transformative role in advancing occupational therapy in China.

The Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) program, designed for international occupational therapists and occupational therapy students interested in learning about occupational therapy (OT) practice, education, and research in the United States, invited the China Initiative team to present…

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