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Major expansion of open-source neuroimaging data set to boost stroke recovery research >
A USC-led team of researchers releases expanded data set of brain scans from stroke patients with more than four times the data in the hopes of speeding up large-scale stroke recovery research.
Sidney Taiko Sheehan, in Keck School News | June 27, 2022

Students From the Chan Division at USC Join GenSpace Team >
Students from the Chan Division join the Wallis Annenberg GenSpace team in Koreatown to provide their expertise and insight to advance GenSpace’s mission of creating a space where older adults can thrive.
Wallis Annenberg GenSpace | June 9, 2022

Meet the Occupational Therapy Students Leading the Summer OT Workshops >
Over the course of the summer, occupational therapy students and the Emeriti Center will be hosting four informative workshops focused on hygiene, brain health, diet and physical activity, and home safety. Meet the four USC Chan students leading these sessions.
USC Emeriti Center | June 8, 2022

Got long Covid? Seniors should prepare to go slow >
Faculty member Jamie Wilcox is quoted in an article about older adults' increased likeliness to experience various symptoms linked to long Covid.
Judith Graham, in CNN Health | May 26, 2022

Salutatorian Shreya Daniel looks to do it all after graduation >
Medical school is next for the USC Dornsife soon-to-be graduate, who, along with a side hustle that has so far raised nearly $15,000 for charity, worked in Grace Baranek's Innovations in Neurodevelopment and Sensory Processing Research Lab.
Grayson Schmidt, in USC News | May 10, 2022

Hybrid work can be healthy at home and the office >
Shawn Roll discusses the health tradeoffs of hybrid work arrangements.
Michael Precker, in American Heart Association News | April 27, 2022

Plant care and self care: How students are finding botanical calm amidst college chaos >
To help navigate the stresses and responsibilities, cultivating house plants can help students feel less overwhelmed. Camille Dieterle weighs in on the environment's impact upon mood and occupations.
Chloe Rose Lewis, Mia Brower, Michael Fiumefreddo, Liza Monasebian, India Otto and Samuel Reno, in USC Annenberg Media | April 26, 2022

Community explores ways to manage climate anxiety >
As the university celebrates Earth Week, students, staff and faculty look for ways to deal with climate anxiety. To facilitate productive coping in response, Dr. Camille Dieterle collaborated on a workshop titled "Finding Calm in the Storm: A Workshop on Climate Anxiety and Love for Our Planet."
Bianca Arzán-Montañez, in Daily Trojan | April 20, 2022

Possible new ASD screening method found >
The Daily Trojan recaps the Mar. 2 article published in Child Development by the insp!re lab research team led by Grace Baranek and John Sideris.
Angie Mendoza, in Daily Trojan | March 30, 2022


Wonderkids’ Online Success Continues in Fall 2021 >
The Joint Educational Project’s after-school WonderKids Program just concluded another successful semester of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career-based learning, including Occupational Therapy Week led by Assistant Clinical Professor Kate Crowley.
Jessica Stellmann & Emma Case, in USC Dornsife Joint Educational Project | December 6, 2021

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus >
Assoc. Clinical Prof. John Margetis features in this preview of a video webinar hosted by the Hydrocephalus Association.
Hydrocephalus Association | November 30, 2021

Major Mondays: Occupational Therapy >
The Bachelor’s to Doctorate (BS-OTD) in Occupational Therapy major is housed in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. This major is open to incoming freshmen pursuing a career in occupational therapy. This accelerated program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree and doctorate degree in occupational therapy in just 6 years.
Jamie Black, in USC Undergraduate Admissions Blog | November 1, 2021

A Conversation with Allison Phillips, Occupational Therapist >
Join us for the latest episode of The Hamilton Review Podcast! In this conversation, Dr. Bob Hamilton sits down with Allison Phillips, a Los Angeles-based occupational therapist. Parents, this is a must-listen conversation that will answer questions and ease the fears that many parents of young children may deal with. Enjoy this great conversation and share with a friend!
The Hamilton Review [Spotify] | October 19, 2021

AOTA’s Everyday Evidence podcast: Best practices for adults with Multiple Sclerosis featuring Dr. Rebecca Cunningham and Dr. Ashley Uyeshiro >
Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Uyeshiro discuss their work in the University of Southern California Multiple Sclerosis clinic and their contributions to an AOTA systematic review — "Interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice affecting instrumental activities of daily living (IADLS) for adults with Multiple Sclerosis." They share personal knowledge gained from lived experiences working with clients who have MS, students learning to think like OT practitioners, and with the Lifestyle Redesign approach to treatment.
American Occupational Therapy Association | October 6, 2021

USC has made it easier than ever to celebrate all of your unique identities >
The university offers more resources to students who identify as Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ+, undocumented, first generation and transfer, as well as their allies.
Gustavo Solis, in USC News | September 10, 2021

Krank durchs Homeoffice [Home office sickness] >
Ob Rücken oder Seele – das Arbeiten im Homeoffice hat manche Bürokrankheit verschlimmert. Doch es gibt Auswege. Hier einige Tipps zur Vorbeugung. [Whether you're back to the workplace or only back in spirit, working from the home office has aggravated a number of health conditions. But keeping healthy at home is still possible, with some of these prevention tips.]
Felicitas Witte, in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung [Frankfurt General Newspaper] | July 26, 2021

Covid-19 Outpatient Care Case Application (Part 2) >
In episode two of our three-part Covid-19 case application series we speak with the lead clinician at USC’s Keck medical center, Jamie Wilcox. She shares how she and her colleagues consulted, used, and developed evidence-based approaches to address client care during the Covid-19 pandemic, and summarize a case study she co-authored outlining the process for providing occupational therapy services to a client with Covid-19 in the outpatient setting.
AOTA's Everyday Evidence Podcast | July 1, 2021

Covid-19 Outpatient Care Case Application (Part 1) >
What have two frontline OT practitioners learned during the COVID-19 pandemic? In the first episode of our three-part “COVID-19 Case Applications” series, Jamie Wilcox, OTD, OTR/L, and John Margetis, OTD, OTR/L, share their experiences as occupational therapists in a critical care setting during the pandemic. This series of #AOTApodcast episodes will focus on the COVID-19 case applications published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
AOTA's Everyday Evidence Podcast | July 1, 2021

Voices Unheard: Addressing the Lack of AAPI Mental Health Providers in America >
USC Chan OTD resident Trevor San Antonio MA ’20, OTD ’21 examines the need for culturally competent care by — and for — Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
Trevor San Antonio, in Channel Kindness | May 21, 2021

Graduating senior Claire Needham learns how to combine body and mind at USC >
A lifelong ballet dancer, Needham found a new passion for neuroscience at USC Dornsife — and a career path that lets her combine both interests.
Margaret Crable, in USC Dornsife News | May 17, 2021

USC community copes with health struggles caused by the pandemic >
The coronavirus pandemic has completely reconstructed how we go about our lives. From the way we live and socialize with others to the way we learn, the pandemic has forced us to adapt to a new virtual environment. As universities like USC continue to adapt to both teaching and learning online, a huge toll weighs on the physical health of everyone involved.
Helen Nguyen, in Daily Trojan | April 28, 2021

A Safe Space in the Dental Clinic >
Multidisciplinary teams create soothing dental environments for children with autism.
NIDCR Science News | March 23, 2021

Thought Control: Keeping Your Brain Sharp With RRMS >
Asst. Clinical Professor Rebecca Cunningham gives tips for maintaining occupation-based cognitive function with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Sarah Ellis, in healthcentral.com | February 26, 2021

USC alumna gives fresh take on classic cinema >
USC alumna Kennedy Reed discovered her interest in filmmaking as a child. But it wasn’t until college — and the “Creativity Workshop” occupational therapy course taught by USC Chan faculty member Kim Eggleston — that her passion for classic cinema would take root through the creation of her digital platform, Gold Souls.
Catherine Orihuela, in Daily Trojan | February 10, 2021


Survey reveals all the ways remote work is ruining the health of Americans >
A new survey, co-conducted by USC Chan Professor Shawn Roll, of nearly 1,000 people reports more than 64 percent of working Americans have developed new physical health problems while working from home during the pandemic, and nearly 75 percent are dealing with at least one new mental health issue.
John Anderer, in The Ladders | December 10, 2020

Bid Beau goodbye, round of a-paws for Rumi >
As USC says goodbye to retiring therapy dog Beau Tirebiter and welcomes his replacement, Rumi Tirebiter, USC Chan alumna Alisa Kim MA ’17, OTD ’19 highlights her qualitative research on the impact of a full-time facility dog for the specific needs of college student populations.
Kelly Sadikun, in Daily Trojan | November 11, 2020

Studio-Backed Research Team Works on Test Film to Try COVID-19 Safety Protocols >
With the help of alumna Catherine Shin, filmmakers behind the Entertainment Technology Center at USC short Ripple Effect tested "SafetyViz" and other new protocols with an eye toward enabling a safe return to production amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Carolyn Giardina, in The Hollywood Reporter | September 3, 2020

The Help Group – USC Occupational Science Initiative develops virtual supports for students, families and teachers >
The Help Group and USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy are collaborating on an exciting new project that will benefit our students, teachers, and families while providing an educational training experience for USC graduate students.
The Help Group | August 21, 2020

It’s time for a lifestyle redesign >
Former OS minor student Giovanni Moujaes shows how improving our mental health starts with acknowledging there’s work to be done.
Giovanni Moujaes, in Medium.com | August 16, 2020

“A Father-Daughter Duo Walks into a Bar…” >
The Tahara family — including Jill Tahara MA ’15, OTD ’16 — celebrates Father’s Day at their Little Tokyo restaurants.
May Zeng, Heidi Carreon and Mick Trinidad, in The Rafu Shimpo: Los Angeles Japanese Daily News | June 16, 2020

From pain and intimidation to purpose and belonging: One first-gen student’s path to USC Dornsife >
As a teenager, Jasmin Sanchez suffered a painful medical emergency that taught her to stand up for herself. Now the first-generation college student is a USC Dornsife undergrad determined to advocate for others.
Susan Bell, in USC Dornsife News & Events | April 13, 2020


USC Study Shows Occupational Therapy Helps Diabetes Patients Make Lifestyle Changes that Can Prevent Serious Health Complications >
The pilot study is the first to be completed under a novel academic-government collaboration between the SC CTSI, the UCLA CTSI, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Paul Karon, in Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute | November 8, 2019

Optimism could lead to a healthier heart >
Chantelle Rice Collins comments on an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found optimism to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events.
Luke Scorziell, Paloma Chavez, Vincent Leo, and Awo Jama, in USC Annenberg Media | October 1, 2019

Column: Gentrification opened a rift between an L.A. church and a children’s center. Can they both survive? >
Growing pressures from gentrification are affecting neighborhood institutions across Los Angeles — such as Atwater Park Baptist Church, which was founded in 1923, and Atwater Park Center, an early childhood intervention program started by church members in 1968 where USC Chan faculty member Kate Crowley offers occupational therapy consultations — learning to give-and-take in the face of current sociocultural and economic changes.
Nita Lelyveld, in Los Angeles Times | August 30, 2019

TEDxAlmansorPark — Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity After Brain Injury >
Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA tells the inspirational story of the challenges and triumphs of a patient who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident.
Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, in TEDx Talks | May 29, 2019

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder make up 12% of disabled student population at El Camino College >
The type of assistance that is needed by students with autism varies from person to person and depends on the proactiveness of the student to request accommodations, but sometimes, schools fail to meet every accommodation needed by some students, Tracy Jalaba an assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy at USC told The Union.
Rosemary Montalvo, in El Camino College — The Union | May 29, 2019

How to Choose a Bicycle When You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis >
It’s important to consider both your physical needs and how you plan to use your bike.
Quinn Phillips, in everydayhealth.com | May 21, 2019

Obtiene la maestría en USC con el apoyo de la Iniciativa Vecinal para niños del sur Los Ángeles >
Viviana Padilla inició sus esfuerzos escolares de la mano de su padre hace 17 años; el ya no vivió para verla terminar sus estudios / Viviana Padilla began her scholastic efforts with the guidance of her father 17 years ago; He did not live to see her finish her studies
Araceli Martínez Ortega, in La Opinión | May 7, 2019

Is there a link between gut bacteria and autism? A first-of-its-kind study investigates >
Backed by a Department of Defense grant, USC and UCLA researchers will explore gastrointestinal bacteria’s potential role in children with autism spectrum disorder.
Mike McNulty, in USC News | May 2, 2019

How intelligent workstations will use AI to improve health and happiness >
Do you want to be warm or cold? Is it time to stand rather than sit? An interdisciplinary team — made up of designers and USC professors — is using AI to create tech-savvy desks with health and well-being in mind.
Jamie Wetherbe, in USC News | April 25, 2019

Championing High-Quality Care: Integrating Assessments Into Occupational Therapy Acute Care Practice (AOTA.org log-in required) >
Stephanie Tsai and Elyse Peterson, in OT Practice | March 21, 2019

Reading, Writing, and Resilience >
In the face of a student mental-health crisis, a few colleges are putting wellness into the curriculum
Terry Nguyen, in The Chronicle of Higher Education | February 26, 2019

New course on thriving at USC and beyond earns rave reviews >
In a low-stress class geared toward incoming freshmen, students develop skills to lead balanced and fulfilling lives
Eric Lindberg, in USC News | February 14, 2019


Group Helps Get Kids With Autism Get Through Dental Visits >
Research study changes exam room to be more friendly for children on autism spectrum
KCBS2-TV/KCAL9-TV | June 8, 2018

How Virtual Avatars Help Stroke Patients Improve Motor Function >
At USC, Dr. Sook-Lei Liew is testing whether watching a virtual avatar that moves in response to brain commands can activate portions of the brain damaged by stroke
S. C. Stuart, in PCMag.com | March 8, 2018

Shared database of brain images aims to boost stroke patients’ recovery >
Brain scans from stroke patients are being downloaded by researchers around the world to predict the most efficient therapies
Zara Greenbaum, in USC News | February 21, 2018

Occupational therapy can improve health of young adults with diabetes, USC study shows >
Research participants who completed the program improve their quality of life and good health habits
Mike McNulty, in USC News | February 1, 2018


App will be created to increase physical activity of older adults >
Maya Zaleski, in Daily Trojan | October 27, 2017

New smartphone app developed at USC aims to support fitness among older adults >
Designed to boost physical activity, the app is seen as a key step to advancing mobile health technology
Mike McNulty, in USC News | October 24, 2017

VR could trick stroke victims’ brains toward recovery >
Researchers at the University of Southern California are examining how virtual reality could promote brain plasticity and recovery
Abrar Al-Heeti, in CNET | October 15, 2017

REINVENT: Leveraging Virtual Reality and Neurofeedback to Help With Motor Rehabilitation >
IEEE Xplore | August 16, 2017

Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults With Diabetes >
Miriam E. Tucker, in Medscape | June 21, 2017

Using virtual reality — and mom’s sewing machine — for stroke rehab >
Sook-Lei Liew builds a prototype with a laptop, an off-the-shelf VR rig, a $9 swim cap and a brain-computer interface system
Katharine Gammon, in USC News | June 12, 2017

Baby Driver, Mr. Roosevelt top SXSW audience award winners >
Nick Romano, in Entertainment Weekly | March 18, 2017

As The World Of VR Descends On SXSW, Here Are Six Must-See Experiences >
Seth Porges, in Forbes | March 8, 2017


Neuroimaging helps reveal brain-body links in autism research >
Researcher uses state-of-the-art techniques to assess the brain’s ability to turn sensory information into a motor response
Mike McNulty, in USC News | April 26, 2016

Can virtual reality neurofeedback help stroke survivors recover? >
USC researcher Sook-Lei Liew receives American Heart Association Innovative Research Grant to find out
John Hobbs, in USC News | February 1, 2016

Can pictures prevent carpal tunnel syndrome? >
Using sonographic imaging, a USC professor seeks to detect the earliest signs of the disorder
Breanne Grady, in USC News | January 21, 2016


Beth Pyatak Is A Type 1 Diabetes Researcher, D-Wife And New D-Mom… >
Arden's Day and The Juicebox Podcast | September 29, 2015

Can researchers enhance the dental experience for children with autism? >
Record-setting grant will help USC division study sensory stimuli that lessen a child’s anxiety during oral care
Mike McNulty, in USC News | June 15, 2015


Hong Kong Tops List of Foreign Donors to U.S. Schools >
Chan Brothers' Gifts Latest Examples of Generosity from 'New York of Asia'
Jason Chow, in The Wall Street Journal | September 22, 2014

Hong Kong’s tycoon philanthropist Ronnie Chan >
Juliana Liu, in BBC News | September 19, 2014

Chan Family Makes Another U.S. University Donation — Hong Kong Billionaire Ronnie Chan to Donate $20 million to University of Southern California >
Hong Kong Billionaire Ronnie Chan to Donate $20 million to University of Southern California
Jason Chow, in The Wall Street Journal | September 18, 2014

Chan family gift creates first named, endowed occupational therapy program in nation >
The $20 million gift establishes an occupational therapy initiative in China and Florence Clark is installed as first holder of Mrs. T.H. Chan Professorship
Jessica Raymond, in USC News | September 17, 2014

Self-care among Latinos with diabetes studied >
Elizabeth Pyatak seeks ways to make health an everyday habit for teens and young adults
Paul Karon, in USC News | September 11, 2014

An alumna banks on surfing’s power to heal traumatized veterans >
The feat of standing up on 
a board and riding a wave may empower people to overcome mental, emotional or physical challenges
Christina Schweighofer, in USC News | August 13, 2014

Children with autism dread the dentist, but USC research may help >
Sharon Cermak wants to make the experience more kid-friendly
Rob Russow, in USC News | April 25, 2014


Keep your friends close, but … >
Robert Perkins, in USC News | October 16, 2013

USC study charts exercise for stroke patients’ brains >
Robert Perkins, in USC News | June 11, 2013

Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy kicks off $6 million initiative >
Mike McNulty, in USC News | April 29, 2013

Learn to be more understanding by watching The Bachelor (this season, anyway) >
Robert Perkins, in USC News | January 23, 2013


USC Occupational Therapy celebrates 70 years of service >
Mike McNulty, in USC News | November 26, 2012

Do you like me now? >
Suzanne Wu, in USC News | October 5, 2012

Trojan gets firsthand look at nation’s defense systems >
Mike McNulty, in USC News | August 30, 2012

Florence Clark shines in national spotlight >
Mike McNulty, in USC News | May 1, 2012

Autism symposium highlighted by personal experiences >
Mike McNulty, in USC News | March 16, 2012

Scientists search for source of creativity >
Robert Perkins, in USC News | March 5, 2012

Professional Help: 5 Tips for Senior Citizens on Simple, Healthy Living >
Hans Villarica, in The Atlantic | February 10, 2012

Expert lectures on multisensory integration >
Kimberly Perring, in USC News | January 23, 2012


Five Scholars Join Faculty at Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy >
Alix Sleight, in USC News | October 19, 2011

Grant Awarded to Study Dental Environments >
Vivian Tang, in USC News | October 12, 2011

Occupational Therapy Holds First White Coat Ceremony >
Kimberly Perring, in USC News | September 1, 2011

Strategies to Help Manage Diabetes >
Robert Perkins, in USC News | July 25, 2011

USC Researchers Explore the Source of Empathy in the Brain >
Robert Perkins, in USC News | July 18, 2011

Active Life Helps Prevent Health Decline in Seniors >
Robert Perkins, in USC News | June 8, 2011

Picture Your Relationship to the Boss >
Suzanne Wu, in USC News | February 16, 2011


Occupational Therapy Shows Support on Veterans Day >
Austen Taylor, in USC News | November 23, 2010

Brain Finds Gestures Not So Familiar >
Carl Marziali, in USC News | September 29, 2010

No Rest for the Narcissist >
Carl Marziali, in USC News | September 17, 2010

Sing-Song Speakers and Measures of Empathy >
Allison Bond, in USC News | August 11, 2010


Clark named president of Occupational Therapy Assn. >
Faryl Reingold, in USC News | March 27, 2009

Florence Clark Elected to New Post >
Faryl Reingold, in USC News | March 13, 2009


There Are Ways to Deal With Pressure >
Beth Newcomb, in USC News | September 15, 2008

USC study analyzes use of therapy dogs for rehabilitation of autistic patients >
Beth Newcomb, in USC News | July 11, 2008

New seminar series focuses on rehabilitation science >
Beth Newcomb, in USC News | May 2, 2008


USC occupational therapy experts caution against unhealthful habits >
Meghan Lewit, in USC News | November 30, 2007

Lifelike Sculptures Shape 65th Anniversary >
Veronica Jauriqui, in USC News | November 28, 2007


To the brain, words speak as loud as actions >
Carl Marziali, in USC News | October 6, 2006

Two Depts. Realign Under School of Dentistry >
Victoria Newcomer, in USC News | July 17, 2006

Florence Clark elected vice president of American Occupational Therapy Association >
Jon Nalick, in USC News | March 24, 2006

Reasons for Living Where You Work >
Allison Engel, in USC News | February 22, 2006


NIH awards $2.5 million for health-care study of ethnic minorities >
Kathleen O'Neil, in USC News | October 21, 2005

Janice Matsutsuyu, USC occupational therapist, 71 >
USC News | July 15, 2005


American Occupational Therapy Assn. honors USC professor Ruth Zemke >
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | November 5, 2004

Elder Research Gets $2.2 Million Grant >
USC News | October 15, 2004

Program to delay age-related health deficits receives $2.2 million grant >
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | October 8, 2004

U.S. News ranks Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy among the best >
USC News | April 2, 2004

USC bestows its highest honor on occupational therapy leader >
USC News | March 5, 2004


Occupational therapy study shows effectiveness of lifestyle redesign for seniors >
Alexis Bergen, in USC News | September 13, 2002


Department of Occupational Therapy chair honored by peers for lifetime achievement >
USC News | November 9, 2001

Occupational science researchers examine management of pressure sores >
USC News | September 21, 2001

Occupational Therapy program is best in U.S. – again >
Mary Ellen Stumpfl, in USC News | April 6, 2001

Occupational Therapy May Offer Lasting Benefits to Seniors >
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | February 19, 2001

Occupational therapy appears to offer lasting benefits to seniors >
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | January 26, 2001


OT faculty ink one of 1999’s top health publications >
USC News | June 23, 2000


OT house relocates to Centennial Apartments near UPC >
USC News | April 9, 1999


Occupational therapy chair named to NIH rehabilitation panel >
Cynthia Johannssen, in USC News | December 11, 1998

OT students go ape over famed primatologist >
USC News | October 9, 1998

OT Program Tops Rankings of Graduate Schools >
Zsa Zsa Gershick, in USC News | March 16, 1998


Occupational Therapy Helps ‘Well Elderly’ >
Eva Anderson, in USC News | October 27, 1997

Study shows big benefits from OT >
Eva Emerson, in USC News | October 24, 1997


Linda Fazio’s life’s work: a tapestry woven for many children >
USC News | September 8, 1995


OT Wins Major Grant to Study Wellness in Elderly >
Michael Byrne, in USC News | June 27, 1994