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Occupational Therapy in High Definition ⟩
May 6, 2010

Associations and Bodies Conferences Faculty Lectures and Talks

On May 1, 2010, Dr. Florence Clark delivered her Inaugural Presidential Address at the 90th Annual AOTA Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida. "Passionately and directly, Clark wasted no time focusing in on her message for the audience, encouraging students, scientists, educators, and…

Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ⟩
April 29, 2010

Autism Faculty Research

Dr. Sharon Cermak and a team of experts explore food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders in recently published articles from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and the Journal of Pediatrics. Bandini, L. G., Anderson, S. E., Curtin, C., Cermak, S. A., Evans, E. W.,…

Does Music in Speech Equal Empathy in Heart? ⟩
February 27, 2010

Chan in the Media Faculty Research

Professor Lisa Aziz-Zadeh is interviewed by USC News about her study on prosody and empathy. "A new study in the journal Public Library of Science ONE finds that people use the same brain regions to produce and understand intonation in speech. Many studies suggest that people learn by imitating…

Dr. Gelya Frank’s newly published book ⟩
February 23, 2010

Chan in the Media Faculty

Defying the Odds: The Tule River Tribe's Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries: "An anthropologist and a legal scholar combine expertise in this innovative book, deploying the history of one California tribe — the Tule River Tribe — in a definitive study of indigenous sovereignty from…

Occupational Therapy featured on NPR: “Wanted: Men for Occupational Therapy Jobs” ⟩
January 29, 2010

Chan in the Media

"Unemployed males looking for a new career path could turn to occupational therapy. It's one of the many health-related jobs growing during the economic down turn. It's also a field traditionally dominated by women. Females make up 90 percent of workers and men 10 percent, and recruiting males into…

USC Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Students in the Newspaper ⟩
November 24, 2009

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Students

The ENGAGE Program and Sunshine Mission Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Division were recently covered by USC Student Affairs and the Daily Trojan. Read more at Students Help Provide Dinner at Shelter.

Congratulations to our fellow division: PT gets first endowed chair! ⟩
October 28, 2009

Awards Events Faculty

Dr. Jim Gordon, Associate Dean and Chair, announced that a $1 million gift from Tracy Sykes (DPT class of 1998) and her husband Gene Sykes has established the first endowed faculty chair for the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy. Dr. Linda Fetters has been named the inaugural holder…

$1.25 million Autism Grant ⟩
October 22, 2009

Autism Awards Faculty Research

Olga Solomon PhD, Research Assistant Professor, received a NIH grant for $1.25 million to study Autism in an urban context. This two year multi-method, ethnographic research project examines health and service disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) diagnosis of African American children…

Florence Clark AOTA President-Elect! ⟩
April 24, 2009

Associations and Bodies Faculty

Florence Clark PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Dean and Professor of the Division of OS/OT, has been elected President-Elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTA and the occupational therapy profession will undoubtedly benefit from her service in this role, and later on as…

New Pressure Ulcer Prevention Study Grant ⟩
November 24, 2008

Awards Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Research

USC OS/OT is awarded a grant to study Lifestyle Redesign® intervention for people with spinal cord injury. As discovered by a team of researchers led by USC OS/OT in a 3-year, NIDRR-funded qualitative study, "Daily Living Context and Pressure Sores in Consumers with SCI," the ordinary daily…

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