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Occupational therapy programs promote ‘Lifestyle Redesign’ ⟩

Scarlett Lovallo, in Daily Trojan | April 5, 2024
The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy works towards promoting healthy lifestyle changes and reevaluating habits such as sleeping, eating and exercising to help students create healthy habits, practice meaningful occupations and manage chronic health conditions.
Clinical Lifestyle Redesign Students

Can You Learn to Avoid a Headache? ⟩

Keck Medicine of USC | March 22, 2024
Lauren Green DO, a neurologist from the USC Headache and Neuralgia Center, part of Keck Medicine of USC, explains how experts can help patients learn to deal with headaches when they collaborate with occupational therapists from the Lifestyle Redesign® for Headaches program.
Clinical Community and Partners Lifestyle Redesign


Skin-to-skin contact significantly reduces death rates for premature babies ⟩

Sabrina Malhi, in The Washington Post | June 7, 2023
Associate Professor Bobbi Pineda comments on a new BMJ Global Health article showing that early implementation of a type of skin-to-skin contact called kangaroo mother care appears to significantly improve the odds of survival for premature or low-birth-weight babies.
Clinical Faculty Health and Wellness Research


From Student to Patient: How Keck Medicine of USC Brought Me Back to Life ⟩

Morgan Stephens, in USC Today | July 25, 2022
USC’s Post-COVID clinic guided this USC alumna on her journey back to health.
Clinical Faculty Pandemic

Got long Covid? Seniors should prepare to go slow ⟩

Judith Graham, in CNN Health | May 26, 2022
Faculty member Jamie Wilcox is quoted in an article about older adults' increased likeliness to experience various symptoms linked to long Covid.
Clinical Faculty Pandemic


A Multidisciplinary Approach to Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus ⟩

Hydrocephalus Association | November 30, 2021
Assoc. Clinical Prof. John Margetis features in this preview of a video webinar hosted by the Hydrocephalus Association.
Associations and Bodies Clinical Faculty Lectures and Talks

A Conversation with Allison Phillips, Occupational Therapist ⟩

The Hamilton Review [Spotify] | October 19, 2021
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!
Autism Clinical Faculty Podcasts

AOTA’s Everyday Evidence podcast: Best practices for adults with Multiple Sclerosis featuring Dr. Rebecca Cunningham and Dr. Ashley Uyeshiro ⟩

American Occupational Therapy Association | October 6, 2021
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.
Clinical Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Podcasts

COVID-19 outpatient care case application ⟩

AOTA's Everyday Evidence Podcast | July 21, 2021
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.
Clinical Faculty Pandemic Podcasts

COVID-19 critical care case application ⟩

AOTA's Everyday Evidence Podcast | July 19, 2021
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.
Clinical Faculty Pandemic Podcasts

Voices Unheard: Addressing the Lack of AAPI Mental Health Providers in America ⟩

Trevor San Antonio, in Channel Kindness | May 21, 2021
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.
Clinical Diversity, Access, Equity Pandemic Students

Thought Control: Keeping Your Brain Sharp With RRMS ⟩

Sarah Ellis, in healthcentral.com | February 26, 2021
Asst. Clinical Professor Rebecca Cunningham gives tips for maintaining occupation-based cognitive function with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Clinical Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign


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

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder make up 12% of disabled student population at El Camino College ⟩

Rosemary Montalvo, in El Camino College — The Union | May 29, 2019
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.
Autism Clinical Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

Championing High-Quality Care: Integrating Assessments Into Occupational Therapy Acute Care Practice ⟩

Stephanie Tsai and Elyse Peterson, in OT Practice | March 21, 2019
Clinical Faculty


Five Scholars Join Faculty at Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy ⟩

Alix Sleight, in USC News | October 19, 2011
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.
Clinical Faculty Research

Strategies to Help Manage Diabetes ⟩

Robert Perkins, in USC News | July 25, 2011
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.
Clinical Health and Wellness Research


New seminar series focuses on rehabilitation science ⟩

Beth Newcomb, in USC News | May 2, 2008
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.
Clinical Lectures and Talks


NIH awards $2.5 million for health-care study of ethnic minorities ⟩

Kathleen O'Neil, in USC News | October 21, 2005
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.
Associations and Bodies Awards Clinical Health and Wellness Research


Occupational science researchers examine management of pressure sores ⟩

USC News | September 21, 2001
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.
Clinical Community and Partners Health and Wellness Research