Latest Chan Division News
Study highlights barriers, facilitators to telehealth occupational therapy for autistic children during the pandemic ⟩
January 17, 2023
Qualitative research explores perspectives of occupational therapists, clinical administrators and caregivers.
By Mike McNulty Telehealth became an essential way for occupational therapists to work with clients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, nearly three years after the March 2020 stay-at-home orders, researchers from USC Chan’s Disparity Reduction and Equity in Autism Services (DREAmS) lab published…
Study finds 3 percent of children have elevated sensory issues that seemingly worsen throughout early childhood, a pattern strongly linked to autism ⟩
December 29, 2022
By following more than 1,500 children over six years, USC-led study helps confirm sensory features are an early behavioral marker of autism.
By Mike McNulty Figure 1 from the article showing identified Class types and their respective trajectories. (Figure courtesy of Chen et al.) New results from a USC-led study reveal that 3 percent of all children have elevated sensory traits which seemingly worsen as they grow from infants/toddlers…
USC-PKUHSC Dual-Degree OTD Monthly Seminars: Fall 2022 Semester Recap ⟩
December 14, 2022
China Initiative team hosts monthly seminars for the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree students in the OTD program to integrate their mixed-track residency experiences and apply their learning to their future role in China.
Some of the more challenging difficulties students studying abroad have to overcome are related to cultural and language barriers. The USC-PKUHSC dual-degree students are no exception, and these concerns were magnified during the clinical portion of their time at USC. Due to the significant contrast…
Karla Ausderau honored with 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation ⟩
November 18, 2022
Karla Ausderau (Courtesy of Karla Ausderau) Karla Ausderau MA ’00, PhD ’09, associate professor in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two-time USC alumna, was awarded the division's 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation. Ausderau…
Study pinpoints three brain regions displaying telltale patterns in autistic individuals ⟩
November 14, 2022
USC scientists are first to identify patterns of white matter connectivity exclusive to core autistic symptoms, pointing out potential flaw in previous autism neuroscience research.
By Mike McNulty Correlational tractography analysis by Aziz-Zadeh and colleagues revealed group differences in multiple tracts throughout the brain. (Courtesy of Lisa Aziz-Zadeh) New study results from an international research team led by USC scientists have identified a signature pattern of white…
Global Initiatives gives Trojans a taste of international celebrations throughout September ⟩
September 29, 2022
USC Chan’s Global Initiatives office joined students, faculty and staff in celebrating several important holidays in September. As a truly international division with students from more than 15 countries, the Chan community enjoyed, shared and learned about deeply meaningful traditions from around the world.
By Danny Park September 14: Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok Global Initiatives served mooncakes to observe the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok, important holidays celebrated by many people in East Asia to observe a successful harvest. “The Mid-Autumn Festival is a day for friends and families to…
Gelya Frank, faculty fixture for 40 years, announces retirement ⟩
September 16, 2022
For four decades, Frank offered anthropological perspectives that enhanced occupational therapy and occupational science at USC and beyond.
By Mike McNulty Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank, a member of the USC Chan faculty since 1982 with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has retired. She retains the academic rank of professor…
How a six-week undergraduate pathway program empowers future occupational, physical therapists from underrepresented minority backgrounds.
By Mike McNulty Xavier University of Louisiana junior Blake Harris (Photo/courtesy of Blake Harris) On most days in season, you can find Blake Harris on the field under the sweltering New Orleans sun or putting in work at the gym. The rising junior is a long jump and triple jump athlete at Xavier…
Newly updated SENSE program to continue benefiting neonatal ICU infants and their families ⟩
July 25, 2022
Second edition of the sensory-based program already in place at more than 400 NICUs is available now to NICU providers, therapists.
By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) This month, the SENSE II program rolls out to neonatal health care professionals in hospitals across the world. The Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences, 2nd edition is an anticipated update of the SENSE program, a comprehensive approach to ensuring…
Findings help clarify relationships between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder
By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) Results from a new study published in Autism Research show that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) each have their own distinct patterns of social and motor skills, which also overlap in some instances. The results also…