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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

USC Chan gives back

Student-led Occupational Therapy and Science Council organizes OT Month activities.

By Yoko Ellie Fukumura and Elissa S. Lee/Occupational Therapy Association of California Newsletter Lady Gaga joins USC Chan students at the 2018 March for Our Lives in Downtown Los Angeles In honor of OT Month, the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy chose to celebrate… Read more

Archive officially opens with Trojan Family fete

More than two years in the making, new USC Chan Archive holds rare and historically significant items.

By Mike McNulty Grace Baranek and Florence Clark unveil the portrait honoring Clark's 42 years as a USC occupational therapy faculty member. (Photo by Glenn Marzano) Occupational therapists from across the generations convened on June 15 to celebrate the opening of a new archive and to honor newly… Read more

L.A. television news highlights USC Chan-led research study

Los Angeles-based television stations KCBS2 and KCAL9 highlighted a USC Chan-led research study during the stations' evening news broadcasts on Friday, June 8. The video package highlighted the National Institutes of Health-funded Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for… Read more

Meet the Class of 2018

Before the 135th USC Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 11, meet some of the outstanding Trojans receiving degrees in occupational science and occupational therapy.

Melody McKay, Master of Arts Degree in Occupational Therapy Melody McKay (Photo by Hong Le) Amid the hustle and bustle of studying for her "final finals" of graduate school, Melody McKay MA ’18 still seeks the same work-life balance she has been mastering since her first day in USC Chan's master's… Read more

Earth Day Q&A with Camille Dieterle

In recognition of Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, Camille Dieterle — an assistant clinical professor at USC Chan and passionate advocate for all things environmentally friendly and sustainable — spoke with our Student Ambassador Erika about occupational therapy, the environment and healthier lifestyles.

Photo by Porapak Apichodilok/Pexels In your own words, can you explain the intersection where environment, occupation and health meet? The state of our environment has become a human health issue, now and increasingly into the future. In addition to changes in technology and policy, many scientists… Read more

Sane in the city: 5 tips to manage the pressures of life in the urban jungle

Like every major metropolis, L.A. can be a noisy, overstimulating place — but USC experts suggest some ways to stay mentally and physically fit.

By Amber Dance / USC News Are noise, pollution, and too much screen time making you cranky? USC experts remind us how to stay ahead. (Photo/iStock) Los Angeles is a vibrant, diverse, dynamic city. Urban living in Los Angeles is also crowded, polluted and noisy. "It is overstimulating," said Camille… Read more

Troy Camp celebrates 70 years of community outreach

By Noah Peterson/Daily Trojan Photo courtesy of Lilian Aluri "Troy Camp also runs after-school programs every week at local elementary schools in the South Los Angeles area. The Student Mentoring and After School Help programs help students develop study skills to better understand concepts they may… Read more

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