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L.A. turns to occupational therapists to keep formerly homeless from returning to streets ⟩

Molly Castle Work, in Los Angeles Times | KFF Health News | January 22, 2024
Alum Julian Prado MA ’19, OTD ’20 is one of 10 Los Angeles County-employed occupational therapists assigned to homeless and formerly homeless clients, doing all they can to help keep their clients from returning to the streets. Deborah Pitts, professor of clinical occupational therapy, also comments on the interrelationships between occupation, cognition and function.
Alumni Community and Partners Faculty


Pediatric occupational therapist details challenges, rewards of job ⟩

Ghadeer Ghloum, in Kuwait Times | June 27, 2023
Pediatric occupational therapist Eman Jaafer Abdullah took Kuwait Times on a journey to explore a day in her life that is almost never without surprises, as she spends most of her time in the company of children, which brings unexpected disruptions, such as getting injured while dealing with children with different abilities and special needs. Kuwait Times discovered the sacrifices that healthcare professionals make, alongside the great rewards that come from their work and life.
Alumni Autism Global Initiatives


It’s time for a lifestyle redesign ⟩

Giovanni Moujaes, in Medium.com | August 16, 2020
Former OS minor student Giovanni Moujaes shows how improving our mental health starts with acknowledging there’s work to be done.
Alumni Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Pandemic

“A Father-Daughter Duo Walks into a Bar . . .” ⟩

May Zeng, Heidi Carreon and Mick Trinidad, in The Rafu Shimpo: Los Angeles Japanese Daily News | June 16, 2020
The Tahara family — including Jill Tahara MA ’15, OTD ’16 — celebrates Father’s Day at their Little Tokyo restaurants.


TEDxAlmansorPark — Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity After Brain Injury ⟩

Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, in TEDx Talks | May 29, 2019
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.
Alumni Clinical Lectures and Talks

Obtiene la maestría en USC con el apoyo de la Iniciativa Vecinal para niños del sur Los Ángeles ⟩

Araceli Martínez Ortega, in La Opinión | May 7, 2019
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
Academics and Courses Alumni Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity


Hong Kong’s tycoon philanthropist Ronnie Chan ⟩

Juliana Liu, in BBC News | September 19, 2014
[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.
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Chan Family Makes Another U.S. University Donation — Hong Kong Billionaire Ronnie Chan to Donate $20 million to University of Southern California ⟩

Jason Chow, in The Wall Street Journal | September 18, 2014
Hong Kong Billionaire Ronnie Chan to Donate $20 million to University of Southern California
Alumni Awards International

Chan family gift creates first named, endowed occupational therapy program in nation ⟩

Jessica Raymond, in USC Today | September 17, 2014
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
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An alumna banks on surfing’s power to heal traumatized veterans ⟩

Christina Schweighofer, in USC Today | August 13, 2014
The feat of standing up on 
a board and riding a wave may empower people to overcome mental, emotional or physical challenges
Alumni Health and Wellness


USC Occupational Therapy celebrates 70 years of service ⟩

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

Autism symposium highlighted by personal experiences ⟩

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


Lifelike Sculptures Shape 65th Anniversary ⟩

Veronica Jauriqui, in USC News | November 28, 2007
The division found an intriguing way to commemorate its milestone via a unique collaboration with acclaimed American sculptor J. Seward Johnson.
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Janice Matsutsuyu, USC occupational therapist, 71 ⟩

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