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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…

Eight faculty authors feature in new primary care textbook ⟩
July 3, 2023

Clinical Faculty Lifestyle Redesign

New text is a definitive resource for all primary care occupational therapy practitioners and those delivering lifestyle-based interventions.

Eight USC Chan faculty members co-authored chapters in Primary Care Occupational Therapy: A Quick Reference Guide, recently published by Springer. The book is a definitive resource for all primary care occupational therapy practitioners and others interested in lifestyle-based interventions for…

Sensory adapted dental rooms significantly reduce autistic children’s physiological and behavioral stress during teeth cleanings ⟩
June 2, 2023

Autism Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Health and Wellness Research

Results of USC–CHLA study of 162 autistic children show that safe and feasible adaptations to the clinic environment created more relaxed, less anxious dental care experiences.

By Mike McNulty In the SADE research clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, sensory adaptations to the environment were shown to significantly reduce autistic children's physiological and behavioral stress during dental cleanings. (Photo by Phil Channing) New results from a study led by USC…

Students from PKUHSC Attend the 2023 AOTA Inspire Conference ⟩
April 24, 2023

Associations and Bodies China Initiative Community and Partners Conferences International Students

USC-PKUHSC Cohort 2 dual-degree students attend the 2023 AOTA Inspire Conference in Kansas City, Missouri and share their transformative experiences.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Inspire Annual Conference and Expo aims to provide a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and celebration of the occupational therapy profession. This conference is the largest of its kind in which occupational therapy (OT)…

Growing by design ⟩
April 21, 2023

Community and Partners Events Health and Wellness Pandemic Students

When designing the USC Peace Garden, student landscape architect Daniela Velazco prioritized people and planting.

By Mike McNulty USC Peace Garden designer Daniela Velazco MLA+U/MHC ’23 (Photo by Hannah Benet) "A garden is a physical manifestation of people coming together, doing the work and enjoying themselves along the way," says Daniela Velazco MLA+U/MHC ’23. Velazco spent the better part of last summer…

Anne Henderson BS ’46, 98 ⟩
April 20, 2023


Henderson was an alumna of the Class of 1946 and the recipient of the 1988 American Occupational Therapy Association's Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award.

Anne Henderson, PhD, 98, passed away on April 19, 2023, at North Hill, Needham, MA, with loving nieces at her side. Anne was born in Taegu, Korea in 1924 where her parents were serving as missionaries. She and her 6 brothers and sisters lived in Korea until 1940, at which time the family returned…

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