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Therapy dogs relieve college pressures at USC ⟩

Yash Arcot, in Daily Trojan | April 5, 2024
From wellness animals to mascots, dogs support campus communities, as Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy Ashley Uyeshiro Simon can attest.
Academics and Courses Health and Wellness Students

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


Students From the Chan Division at USC Join GenSpace Team ⟩

Wallis Annenberg GenSpace | June 9, 2022
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.
Community and Partners Health and Wellness Students

Meet the Occupational Therapy Students Leading the Summer OT Workshops ⟩

USC Emeriti Center | June 8, 2022
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.
Community and Partners Health and Wellness Lectures and Talks Students

Salutatorian Shreya Daniel looks to do it all after graduation ⟩

Grayson Schmidt, in USC Today | May 10, 2022
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.
Awards Students

Plant care and self care: How students are finding botanical calm amidst college chaos ⟩

Chloe Rose Lewis, Mia Brower, Michael Fiumefreddo, Liza Monasebian, India Otto and Samuel Reno, in USC Annenberg Media | April 26, 2022
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.
Health and Wellness Students

Possible new ASD screening method found ⟩

Angie Mendoza, in Daily Trojan | March 30, 2022
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.
Autism Faculty Research Students

Art or Science? Dance or Math? USC Students Can — and Do — Choose Both ⟩

Emily Hsu, in USC Today | February 14, 2022
Master’s student Claire Needham’s years of training in classical ballet gave her an outlet for stress as she completed her neuroscience degree in 2021 at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She also minored in dance at the USC Kaufman School of Dance. She says her studies in dance and neuroscience also gave her insight into the links between the two fields.


Wonderkids’ Online Success Continues in Fall 2021 ⟩

Jessica Stellmann & Emma Case, in USC Dornsife Joint Educational Project | December 6, 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.
Academics and Courses Community and Partners Students

Major Mondays: Occupational Therapy ⟩

Jamie Black, in USC Undergraduate Admissions Blog | November 1, 2021
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.
Academics and Courses Students

USC has made it easier than ever to celebrate all of your unique identities ⟩

Gustavo Solis, in USC Today | September 10, 2021
The university offers more resources to students who identify as Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ+, undocumented, first generation and transfer, as well as their allies.
Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Health and Wellness Students

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

Graduating senior Claire Needham learns how to combine body and mind at USC ⟩

Margaret Crable, in USC Dornsife News | May 17, 2021
A lifelong ballet dancer, Needham found a new passion for neuroscience at USC Dornsife — and a career path that lets her combine both interests.
Academics and Courses Students

USC community copes with health struggles caused by the pandemic ⟩

Helen Nguyen, in Daily Trojan | April 28, 2021
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.
Health and Wellness Pandemic Students

USC alumna gives fresh take on classic cinema ⟩

Catherine Orihuela, in Daily Trojan | February 10, 2021
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.
Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Students


Bid Beau goodbye, round of a-paws for Rumi ⟩

Kelly Sadikun, in Daily Trojan | November 11, 2020
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.
Health and Wellness Students

From pain and intimidation to purpose and belonging: One first-gen student’s path to USC Dornsife ⟩

Susan Bell, in USC Dornsife News & Events | April 13, 2020
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.
Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Students


Reading, Writing, and Resilience ⟩

Terry Nguyen, in The Chronicle of Higher Education | February 26, 2019
In the face of a student mental-health crisis, a few colleges are putting wellness into the curriculum
Academics and Courses Health and Wellness Students

New course on thriving at USC and beyond earns rave reviews ⟩

Eric Lindberg, in USC Today | February 14, 2019
In a low-stress class geared toward incoming freshmen, students develop skills to lead balanced and fulfilling lives
Academics and Courses Community and Partners Health and Wellness Students


Occupational Therapy Holds First White Coat Ceremony ⟩

Kimberly Perring, in USC News | September 1, 2011
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.
Events Lectures and Talks Students


There Are Ways to Deal With Pressure ⟩

Beth Newcomb, in USC News | September 15, 2008
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.
Community and Partners Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Students


Reasons for Living Where You Work ⟩

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


OT house relocates to Centennial Apartments near UPC ⟩

USC News | April 9, 1999
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.
Community and Partners Students


OT students go ape over famed primatologist ⟩

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