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Three Trojans on the ballot in AOTA’s 2024 elections ⟩
January 29, 2024

Alumni Associations and Bodies Faculty

Meet the faculty and alums running for elected leadership positions in the American Occupational Therapy Association.

USC Chan faculty members Arameh Anvarizadeh and Sarah Bream, and alumnus Bryant Edwards MA ’05, OTD ’06, are running for volunteer leadership positions in the American Occupational Therapy Association. The 2024 election period is open from Feb. 2–23 at aota.org (membership required). The three…

AI could help in the early diagnosis of autism, USC study finds ⟩
December 20, 2023

Artificial Intelligence Autism Faculty Research Technology

Results indicate an “easy and novel” way to detect autism spectrum disorders, paving the way for tailored therapeutic approaches.

By Leigh Hopper Artificial intelligence, coupled with data from an iPad coloring game, could assist in early diagnosis of autism, a new USC study shows. “These results indicate potential for an easy and novel method for early detection of autism and development coordination disorder,” said…

Abbey Marterella PhD ’10, 50 ⟩
December 13, 2023

Alumni

Remembering Occupational Science PhD alumna and former USC Chan faculty member.

Abbey Marterella PhD ’10, alumna and former USC Chan faculty member, passed away on Sept. 6. Marterella earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in occupational therapy at Eastern Michigan University. She was an occupational therapist for nearly 25 years, with experience in…

Holistic approach to educational program admissions increases future workforce diversity ⟩
December 7, 2023

Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Students

Implementation and outcomes of USC Chan’s holistic admission practices explained in new American Journal of Occupational Therapy editorial.

By Mike McNulty USC Chan's holistic admissions model. (Copyright 2023, USC Chan) An editorial published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy details the USC Chan Division’s approach to holistic admissions, the gold-standard processes for reviewing and admitting professional program…

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

Alumni

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…

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