Latest Chan Division News
Erna Blanche to keynote division’s 2023 commencement ⟩
April 10, 2023
USC alumna and current faculty member is a renowned expert in pediatric occupational therapy and therapeutic interventions based on occupational science.
Clinical Professor Erna Blanche Clinical Professor Erna Imperatore Blanche MA ’88, PhD ’98 has been selected as the keynote speaker for the USC Chan Division's 2023 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, May 12, at the USC University Park Campus. Blanche is an expert in pediatric…
A USC-led team of researchers find that brain age, a neuroimaging-based assessment of global brain health, may play a role in post-stroke outcomes and could potentially help identify people at risk for poorer outcomes.
A new study lead by a team of researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC shows that younger “brain age,” a neuroimaging-based assessment of global brain health, is associated with better post-stroke outcomes. The findings could lead to better ways to predict post-stroke outcomes and…
USC Chan Entry-Level Master’s student Tina Peng discusses her externship at Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) in Beijing, China, focused on building leadership skills and learning about local occupational therapy (OT) practice.
Every spring, second-year Entry-Level MA students participate in a student-driven externship assignment designed to build their leadership skills, provide opportunities to learn about non-clinical roles of occupational therapists, and help develop a sense of professional identity. As part of this…
USC Chan’s Shawn Roll leading interdisciplinary team on $1.1M National Science Foundation grant for managing, mitigating on-the-job stress.
By Mike McNulty for The Explorer Journal 2023 (Illustration by master1305/Adobe Stock) The World Health Organization has called stress the “health epidemic of the 21st century” — and that was before the Covid-19 pandemic. While a highly personalized phenomenon, job-related stress is…
Chan Bakes for Earthquake Relief ⟩
March 12, 2023
From March 6-10, more than 50 USC Chan students, staff, and faculty worked together to host a bake sale fundraiser in support of earthquake relief efforts after the February 6 earthquake in Syria and Turkey.
Amber Butler MA ’23, Philanthropy Chair of USC’s Occupational Therapy and Science Council, initially proposed the idea for the bake sale, saying “I was feeling helpless watching the news and seeing all the devastation in Syria and Turkey. I was heartbroken watching families and rescue officers…
USC Chan Global Initiatives partnered with the Bless One Foundation to hold a Winter Blanket Drive on behalf of the St. Joseph Center in Long Beach, California.
USC Chan student Maquela Noel OTD ’25 spearheaded the Blanket Drive and shared “Helping individuals in need has always meant something to me because I feel as though everyone deserves equal opportunities. The Drive allowed us to make an impact in the Los Angeles community, which I will cherish…
More than two dozen Trojans on WROTSS 2023 agenda ⟩
February 13, 2023
More than two dozen USC Chan faculty, students and alumni will be speaking at the 2023 Western Regional Occupational Therapy Spring Symposium in Las Vegas from Mar. 3-5. The event is a collaboration between the occupational therapy state professional associations of Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico,…
USC-PKUHSC Dual-Degree Graduates and Current Students Discuss Transition to OT Careers ⟩
February 10, 2023
China Initiative team leads an information session between graduates (cohort 1) and current students (cohort 2) of the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree program to support their transition from student to OT practitioner in China upon graduation.
Due to their unique experience in the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree program, the cohort 2 students who will graduate in August 2023 typically seek additional guidance in preparing for their return to China and planning their career trajectory. The hiring process in China follows a strict timeline, in which…
Significant PKUHSC News and Updates ⟩
February 9, 2023
A variety of exciting changes are on the horizon for the Peking University Health Science Center’s educational structure and administration.
Beginning in 2016, when USC Chan formed a partnership with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) to develop an innovative dual-degree program, the goal has always been to advance occupational therapy (OT) education, practice, and research standards in China. As we approach the third year…
Aims of projects include increasing social connections in mental health clubhouses, improving return-to-work, developing trauma-informed framework for minoritized families of autistic girls and better understanding autistic sensory strengths
Three projects have been selected for the upcoming funding cycle of the Responding to Society’s Post-pandemic Occupational Needs (ReSPONs) Initiative, the USC Chan Division’s seed grant mechanism for early-stage projects that address the intersecting pandemics — COVID-19, systemic racial…