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2022

Student muralists spruce up Peace Garden near University Park Campus >
Chan in the Media Community and Partners Health and Wellness
Just a few blocks northeast of the University Park Campus, a 120-year-old house, once boarded up, now shines with freshly painted murals that bring a little vibrancy to Trojans’ commute with a simple greeting that adorns the mural’s bottom-left corner: “Welcome to the Peace Garden.”
Grayson Schmidt, in USC News | November 21, 2022

Building TRUST and Sharing Expertise: Stakeholders Working Together Conference Will Take Place on November 4 & 5, 2022 with vFairs as Technology Partner >
Autism Community and Partners Conferences Events Research
The University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will host the Building TRUST and Sharing Expertise: Stakeholders Working Together Conference on the 4th & 5th of November, 2022. The conference will bring together autistic self-advocates, families and caregivers, researchers, and clinicians to discuss the importance of stakeholder engagement in autism research and sensory processing. The virtual event is free to attend, and anyone who is interested in learning more about sensory processing, autism and stakeholder engagement can register here.
Syeda Hamna Hassan, in vfairs.com | November 1, 2022

Peace garden brings community greenery >
Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness
University members are working to spruce up a small plot of land near Shrine Auditorium, gathering weekly to garden and host wellness events through the University Park Peace Garden. Camille Dieterle, associate professor of clinical occupational therapy, leads the Garden Project, which is funded by the USC Chan School of Occupational Therapy ReSPONs grant.
Erin Walton, in Daily Trojan | September 29, 2022

Sensory Processing in Infants: A Conversation with Dr. Grace Baranek >
Autism Faculty Research
Q&A with Associate Dean and Chair Dr. Grace Baranek and The Real Spectrum, a blog written from the sibling’s perspective on the autistic brain.
The Real Spectrum | August 9, 2022

From Student to Patient: How Keck Medicine of USC Brought Me Back to Life >
Clinical Faculty Pandemic
USC’s Post-COVID clinic guided this USC alumna on her journey back to health.
Morgan Stephens, in Trojan Family Magazine | July 25, 2022

Improve Your Grip Strength >
Faculty Health and Wellness
These tips can help you handle a variety of everyday chores and activities.
Janet Lee, in Consumer Reports | July 17, 2022

Occupational Therapist Assists With Daily Do’s >
Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness
Advice from Ashley Halle help one South Pasadena reporter solve everyday post-pandemic problems.
Andy Lippman, in South Pasadena Review | July 15, 2022

Major expansion of open-source neuroimaging data set to boost stroke recovery research >
Community and Partners Faculty 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 >
Community and Partners Health and Wellness Students
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 >
Community and Partners Health and Wellness Lectures and Talks Students
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 >
Clinical Faculty Pandemic
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 >
Awards Students
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 >
Health and Wellness Pandemic
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 >
Health and Wellness Students
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 >
Events Health and Wellness Lectures and Talks
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 >
Autism Faculty Research Students
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

2021

Wonderkids’ Online Success Continues in Fall 2021 >
Academics and Courses Community and Partners Students
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 >
Associations and Bodies Clinical Faculty Lectures and Talks
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 >
Academics and Courses Students
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 >
Autism Clinical Faculty Podcasts
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 >
Clinical Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Podcasts
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 >
Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Health and Wellness Students
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] >
Health and Wellness Pandemic
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 >
Clinical Faculty Pandemic Podcasts
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 21, 2021

COVID-19 critical care case application >
Clinical Faculty Pandemic Podcasts
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 19, 2021

Voices Unheard: Addressing the Lack of AAPI Mental Health Providers in America >
Clinical Diversity, Access, Equity Pandemic Students
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 >
Academics and Courses Students
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 >
Health and Wellness Pandemic Students
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 >
Autism Research
Multidisciplinary teams create soothing dental environments for children with autism.
NIDCR Science News | March 23, 2021

Thought Control: Keeping Your Brain Sharp With RRMS >
Clinical Health and Wellness
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 >
Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Students
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

2020

Survey reveals all the ways remote work is ruining the health of Americans >
Health and Wellness Pandemic Research
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 >
Health and Wellness Students
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 >
Health and Wellness Pandemic
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 >
Academics and Courses Community and Partners Pandemic
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 >
Alumni Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Pandemic
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…” >
Alumni
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 >
Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Students
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

2019

USC Study Shows Occupational Therapy Helps Diabetes Patients Make Lifestyle Changes that Can Prevent Serious Health Complications >
Associations and Bodies Community and Partners Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Research
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 >
Health and Wellness Research
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? >
Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness
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 >
Alumni Clinical Lectures and Talks
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 >
Autism Clinical Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty
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 >
Faculty Health and Wellness
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 >
Academics and Courses Alumni Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity
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 >
Autism Awards Community and Partners Research
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 >
Associations and Bodies Awards Community and Partners Health and Wellness Research
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 >
Clinical Faculty
Stephanie Tsai and Elyse Peterson, in OT Practice | March 21, 2019

Reading, Writing, and Resilience >
Academics and Courses Health and Wellness Students
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 >
Academics and Courses Community and Partners Health and Wellness Students
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

2018

Group Helps Get Kids With Autism Get Through Dental Visits >
Autism Health and Wellness Research
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 >
Faculty Research
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 >
Associations and Bodies Community and Partners Research
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 >
Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Health and Wellness Research
Research participants who completed the program improve their quality of life and good health habits
Mike McNulty, in USC News | February 1, 2018

2017

App will be created to increase physical activity of older adults >
Associations and Bodies Awards Health and Wellness Research
The occupational therapy program at USC is in the process of improving the lives and health of older adults.
Maya Zaleski, in Daily Trojan | October 27, 2017

New smartphone app developed at USC aims to support fitness among older adults >
Associations and Bodies Awards Health and Wellness Research
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 >
Health and Wellness Research
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 >
Health and Wellness Research
Suffering a stroke instantly changes a life, and it’s even more challenging when complications such as motor impairment occur. Researchers with backgrounds in neural plasticity and mixed realities recently came together to develop a low-cost, virtual reality motor rehabilitation solution, and early results look promising.
IEEE Xplore | August 16, 2017

Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults With Diabetes >
Associations and Bodies Faculty Health and Wellness Lectures and Talks Research
An occupational therapy intervention can help improve HbA1c and improve quality of life in young adults with diabetes, new research finds.
Miriam E. Tucker, in Medscape | June 21, 2017

Using virtual reality — and mom’s sewing machine — for stroke rehab >
Faculty Health and Wellness Research
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 >
Awards Research
Nick Romano, in Entertainment Weekly | March 18, 2017

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

2016

Neuroimaging helps reveal brain-body links in autism research >
Autism Awards Faculty 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? >
Associations and Bodies Awards Faculty Health and Wellness Research
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? >
Associations and Bodies Awards Faculty Health and Wellness Research
Using sonographic imaging, a USC professor seeks to detect the earliest signs of the disorder
Breanne Grady, in USC News | January 21, 2016

2015

Beth Pyatak Is A Type 1 Diabetes Researcher, D-Wife And New D-Mom… >
Faculty Health and Wellness Podcasts Research
Beth Pyatak has perspective times three. She is a diabetes researcher, married to a man who has type 1 and the mother of a little boy who was recently diagnosed.
Arden's Day and The Juicebox Podcast | September 29, 2015

Can researchers enhance the dental experience for children with autism? >
Associations and Bodies Autism Awards Research
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

2014

Hong Kong Tops List of Foreign Donors to U.S. Schools >
Awards International
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 >
Alumni Awards International
[Mr Chan] is also making another donation, this time to the tune of $20m, to the University of Southern California, where he received a master's degree in business administration in 1976.
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 >
Alumni Awards International
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 >
Alumni Awards Community and Partners Faculty International
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 >
Associations and Bodies Awards Community and Partners Health and Wellness Research
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 >
Alumni Health and Wellness
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 >
Autism Health and Wellness Research
Sharon Cermak wants to make the experience more kid-friendly
Rob Russow, in USC News | April 25, 2014

2013

Keep your friends close, but … >
Research
Counterintuitive findings from a new USC study show that the part of the brain that is associated with empathizing with the pain of others is activated more strongly by watching the suffering of hateful people as opposed to likable people.
Robert Perkins, in USC News | October 16, 2013

USC study charts exercise for stroke patients’ brains >
Associations and Bodies Awards Health and Wellness Research
A new study has found that stroke patients’ brains show strong cortical motor activity when observing others performing physical tasks — a finding that offers new insight into stroke rehabilitation.
Robert Perkins, in USC News | June 11, 2013

Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy kicks off $6 million initiative >
Conferences Events Faculty
The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy officially announced its entry into The Campaign for the University of Southern California on April 27 before a capacity crowd of more than 400 Trojans at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront ballroom.
Mike McNulty, in USC News | April 29, 2013

Learn to be more understanding by watching The Bachelor (this season, anyway) >
Associations and Bodies Research
A new USC study has found evidence suggesting that the brain works hard to understand those who have different bodies when watching them in action.
Robert Perkins, in USC News | January 23, 2013

2012

USC Occupational Therapy celebrates 70 years of service >
Alumni Events Faculty
A crowd of more than 100 Trojans gathered at the Pasadena Hilton in October to commemorate the 1942 installation of occupational therapy at USC.
Mike McNulty, in USC News | November 26, 2012

Do you like me now? >
Research
Whether you like someone can affect how your brain processes their actions, according to new research from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Suzanne Wu, in USC News | October 5, 2012

Trojan gets firsthand look at nation’s defense systems >
Community and Partners Conferences Faculty
Clark joined other leaders from industry, media, entertainment, health care, nonprofit and public sectors, as well as academia, to get a firsthand look at the inner workings of operations across all five branches of the military.
Mike McNulty, in USC News | August 30, 2012

Florence Clark shines in national spotlight >
Associations and Bodies Conferences Events Faculty Lectures and Talks
Florence Clark PhD ’82, associate dean of the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, reaffirmed the university’s long-standing history of leadership in the profession of occupational therapy at the 92nd annual conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) held April 26-29 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Mike McNulty, in USC News | May 1, 2012

Autism symposium highlighted by personal experiences >
Alumni Autism Conferences Events Lectures and Talks
Speakers shared their innovative research, clinical practices or personal perspectives during “Autism in Everyday Life: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives at USC.”
Mike McNulty, in USC News | March 16, 2012

Scientists search for source of creativity >
Faculty Research
USC researchers are working to pin down the exact source of creativity in the brain and have found that the left hemisphere of your brain, thought to be the logic and math portion, actually plays a critical role in creative thinking.
Robert Perkins, in USC News | March 5, 2012

Professional Help: 5 Tips for Senior Citizens on Simple, Healthy Living >
Health and Wellness Research
When it comes to their well-being, older adults shouldn't act like victims to aging. They should be active — physically, socially, and spiritually.
Hans Villarica, in The Atlantic | February 10, 2012

Expert lectures on multisensory integration >
Autism Community and Partners Lectures and Talks
The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the university’s Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) co-hosted Mark T. Wallace, director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, at a Jan. 13 seminar focusing on his most recent research on sensory and multisensory integration in autism.
Kimberly Perring, in USC News | January 23, 2012

2011

Five Scholars Join Faculty at Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy >
Clinical Faculty Research
The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has appointed five new members to junior tenure-track faculty positions, bolstering its profile both in occupational science research and in occupational therapy clinical evidence expertise.
Alix Sleight, in USC News | October 19, 2011

Grant Awarded to Study Dental Environments >
Associations and Bodies Autism Awards Research
A two-year grant of $531,376 has been awarded to the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Vivian Tang, in USC News | October 12, 2011

Occupational Therapy Holds First White Coat Ceremony >
Events Lectures and Talks Students
The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy hosted its inaugural White Coat Ceremony at the Pappas Quad on USC’s Health Science campus on Aug. 26.
Kimberly Perring, in USC News | September 1, 2011

Strategies to Help Manage Diabetes >
Clinical Health and Wellness Research
A scientist at USC is filling a critical gap in knowledge and care by developing strategies for coping with diabetes that are targeted specifically at young adults.
Robert Perkins, in USC News | July 25, 2011

USC Researchers Explore the Source of Empathy in the Brain >
Faculty Research
According to a new study from USC, even failing to possess a full complement of limbs will not stop your brain from understanding what it is like for someone else to experience pain in one of them. It may, however, change the way your brain does so.
Robert Perkins, in USC News | July 18, 2011

Active Life Helps Prevent Health Decline in Seniors >
Health and Wellness Research
Small, healthy lifestyle changes and involvement in meaningful activities — going beyond just diet and exercise — are critical to healthy aging, according to a new USC study.
Robert Perkins, in USC News | June 8, 2011

Picture Your Relationship to the Boss >
Community and Partners International Research
A study in PLoS ONE by researchers from the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC and Peking University in Beijing examines how white Americans and Chinese people in China respond to pictures of their boss, suggesting cultural differences in our responses to authority figures.
Suzanne Wu, in USC News | February 16, 2011

2010

Occupational Therapy Shows Support on Veterans Day >
Community and Partners Events
In appreciation of USC’s military community, more than 100 veterans and supporters gathered at the University Club Nov. 11 to celebrate Veterans Day.
Austen Taylor, in USC News | November 23, 2010

Brain Finds Gestures Not So Familiar >
Community and Partners International Research
New research suggests that the brain uses deliberate thought to respond even to familiar gestures.
Carl Marziali, in USC News | September 29, 2010

No Rest for the Narcissist >
Health and Wellness Research
Narcissists spend their resting time deep in thought, a new imaging study shows, though such reflection likely revolves entirely around the thinker.
Carl Marziali, in USC News | September 17, 2010

Sing-Song Speakers and Measures of Empathy >
Research
Unless you’re a robot, your speech has a musical quality to it. This pitch-and-rhythm variation, known as prosody, conveys emotion. A new study suggests that people whose speech is most sing-songy may have a stronger ability to empathize with others.
Allison Bond, in USC News | August 11, 2010

2009

Clark named president of Occupational Therapy Assn. >
Associations and Bodies Faculty
Professor Florence A. Clark, associate dean and chair of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, a division of the USC School of Dentistry, has been elected president-elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Faryl Reingold, in USC News | March 27, 2009

Florence Clark Elected to New Post >
Associations and Bodies Faculty
Professor Florence A. Clark, associate dean and chair of the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the USC School of Dentistry, has been elected president-elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Faryl Reingold, in USC News | March 13, 2009

2008

There Are Ways to Deal With Pressure >
Community and Partners Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Students
Stressful classes, small apartments shared with strangers and abundant dorm food are just some of the factors that can jeopardize the well-being of university students, from freshmen new to college life to graduate students just weeks away from a Ph.D.
Beth Newcomb, in USC News | September 15, 2008

USC study analyzes use of therapy dogs for rehabilitation of autistic patients >
Autism Awards Health and Wellness Research
Solomon, research assistant professor in USC’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, is investigating the social benefits of therapy animals for autistic children.
Beth Newcomb, in USC News | July 11, 2008

New seminar series focuses on rehabilitation science >
Clinical Lectures and Talks
Even though rehabilitation still provides a similar degree of improvement compared to decades past, patients are entering — and exiting — rehab in comparatively worse shape, said Kenneth Ottenbacher on March 28 during the first monthly Rehabilitation Science Seminar.
Beth Newcomb, in USC News | May 2, 2008

2007

USC occupational therapy experts caution against unhealthful habits >
Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign
The average full-time worker spends approximately 25 percent of his or her time in the office, much of which is spent being sedentary, said Carlin Daley, an occupational therapist in USC’s division of Career and Protective Services.
Meghan Lewit, in USC News | November 30, 2007

Lifelike Sculptures Shape 65th Anniversary >
Alumni Events
The division found an intriguing way to commemorate its milestone via a unique collaboration with acclaimed American sculptor J. Seward Johnson.
Veronica Jauriqui, in USC News | November 28, 2007

2006

To the brain, words speak as loud as actions >
Community and Partners International Research
Neuroscience is tackling a problem that obsessed Hamlet: What is the difference in our minds between talk and action?
Carl Marziali, in USC News | October 6, 2006

Two Depts. Realign Under School of Dentistry >
Community and Partners Events
The university’s department of biokinesiology and physical therapy and the department of occupational science and occupational therapy — each ranked No. 1 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report — became aligned with the USC School of Dentistry, effective July 1.
Victoria Newcomer, in USC News | July 17, 2006

Florence Clark elected vice president of American Occupational Therapy Association >
Associations and Bodies Faculty
Members of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) recently elected Florence A. Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, as vice president of the organization.
Jon Nalick, in USC News | March 24, 2006

Reasons for Living Where You Work >
Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness Students
USC has a small, but growing, residential faculty program, with 19 professors and their families living in dormitories and apartments throughout campus.
Allison Engel, in USC News | February 22, 2006

2005

NIH awards $2.5 million for health-care study of ethnic minorities >
Associations and Bodies Awards Clinical Health and Wellness Research
Two USC occupational therapy researchers have been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how minority patients can improve the care they receive from doctors.
Kathleen O'Neil, in USC News | October 21, 2005

Janice Matsutsuyu, USC occupational therapist, 71 >
Alumni Events
USC occupational therapist and former chair of USC’s Occupational Therapy Board of Councilors Janice Setsuko Matsutsuyu died June 1. She was 71.
USC News | July 15, 2005

2004

American Occupational Therapy Assn. honors USC professor Ruth Zemke >
Associations and Bodies Awards Faculty Lectures and Talks
The American Occupational Therapy Association has granted its highest academic honor to Professor Emeritus Ruth Zemke of the USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | November 5, 2004

Elder Research Gets $2.2 Million Grant >
Associations and Bodies Awards Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Research
The National Institute on Aging has awarded USC occupational therapy researchers a four-year, $2.2 million grant to expand on their successful Well Elderly program.
USC News | October 15, 2004

Program to delay age-related health deficits receives $2.2 million grant >
Associations and Bodies Awards Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Research
The National Institute on Aging has awarded USC occupational therapy researchers a four-year, $2.2 million grant to expand on their successful Well Elderly program.
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | October 8, 2004

U.S. News ranks Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy among the best >
Academics and Courses Awards
The 2004 U.S. News & World Report Annual Guide to Best Graduate Schools has given top honors to two USC programs this year: long-standing leader occupational therapy and, new to the top of its list this year, physical therapy.
USC News | April 2, 2004

USC bestows its highest honor on occupational therapy leader >
Awards Faculty
Florence Clark, chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, was recently tapped to receive USC’s highest honor.
USC News | March 5, 2004

2002

Occupational therapy study shows effectiveness of lifestyle redesign for seniors >
Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Research
Lifestyle redesign by an occupational therapist is a cost-effective health care intervention for independent-living senior citizens, according to a USC study published this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Alexis Bergen, in USC News | September 13, 2002

2001

Department of Occupational Therapy chair honored by peers for lifetime achievement >
Associations and Bodies Awards Events Faculty
Florence A. Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) at its 25th Annual Conference in Sacramento on Oct. 14.
USC News | November 9, 2001

Occupational science researchers examine management of pressure sores >
Clinical Community and Partners Health and Wellness Research
Researchers from USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center recently published an article in Advances in Skin and Wound Care examining the management of life-threatening pressure ulcers in people with spinal cord injury and the serious ethical considerations of their treatment.
USC News | September 21, 2001

Occupational Therapy program is best in U.S. — again >
Academics and Courses Awards
For the fourth consecutive year, the USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report Annual Guide to Best Graduate Schools.
Mary Ellen Stumpfl, in USC News | April 6, 2001

Occupational Therapy May Offer Lasting Benefits to Seniors >
Health and Wellness Research
Occupational therapy can help senior citizens stay healthy and live independently, with lasting results even six months after seniors work with a therapist, according to a USC study.
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | February 19, 2001

Occupational therapy appears to offer lasting benefits to seniors >
Health and Wellness Research
Occupational therapy can help senior citizens stay healthy and live independently, with lasting results even six months after seniors work with a therapist, according to a USC study.
Alicia Di Rado, in USC News | January 26, 2001

2000

OT faculty ink one of 1999’s top health publications >
Awards Faculty Lifestyle Redesign
A recent book by USC Occupational Therapy faculty members has been ranked among the top 250 health publications for 1999, according to Doody Publishing and Review Service.
USC News | June 23, 2000

1999

OT house relocates to Centennial Apartments near UPC >
Community and Partners Students
USC’s special-interest housing program for occupational therapy students will soon move to the university’s Centennial Apartments to accommodate a greater number of residents.
USC News | April 9, 1999

1998

Occupational therapy chair named to NIH rehabilitation panel >
Associations and Bodies Faculty
Florence Clark, chair of occupational therapy and occupational science, has been named to the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health. Clark will serve a four-year term.
Cynthia Johannssen, in USC News | December 11, 1998

OT students go ape over famed primatologist >
Events Lectures and Talks Students
Jane Goodall, distinguished adjunct professor of occupational science, addressed occupational science and therapy students at Mayer Auditorium on Oct. 6.
USC News | October 9, 1998

OT Program Tops Rankings of Graduate Schools >
Academics and Courses Awards
The USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy was ranked No. 1 in the nation, capturing the top spot among 39 graduate educational programs in occupational therapy.
Zsa Zsa Gershick, in USC News | March 16, 1998

1997

Occupational Therapy Helps ‘Well Elderly’ >
Health and Wellness Research
Occupational therapy (OT) can make a significant difference in helping seniors to experience healthier, more independent and satisfying lives, according to a recent study by researchers on the Health Sciences Campus.
Eva Anderson, in USC News | October 27, 1997

Study shows big benefits from OT >
Health and Wellness Research
Occupational therapy (OT) can make a significant difference in helping seniors experience healthier, more independent and satisfying lives, according to a recent study by researchers on the Health Sciences Campus.
Eva Emerson, in USC News | October 24, 1997

1995

Linda Fazio’s life’s work: a tapestry woven for many children >
Faculty Health and Wellness
Linda Fazio sees people as tapestries woven of strands that correspond to health, culture, creativity and the search for meaning.
USC News | September 8, 1995

1994

OT Wins Major Grant to Study Wellness in Elderly >
Associations and Bodies Awards Health and Wellness Research
The Department of Occupational Therapy has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to study the effectiveness of occupational therapy as a means of enhancing health and well-being and maintaining independence among elderly people.
Michael Byrne, in USC News | June 27, 1994