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Academics and Courses
The Art of Occupational Therapy ⟩
January 30, 2020
For Amber Bennett, arts and crafts have always been meaningful. From constructing doll houses to making stained glass pieces and weaving baskets, Bennett has engaged in creative projects for as long as she can remember
By Noelle Schorn “Engaging in something meaningful to you can contribute to your health.” For Amber Bennett, arts and crafts have always been meaningful. From constructing doll houses to making stained glass pieces and weaving baskets, Bennett has engaged in creative projects for as long as she…
Lessons in leadership ⟩
January 16, 2020
What I learned during my capstone externship with Katie Jordan.
By Melissa Martinez MA ’19, OTD ’20 The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy strives to prepare future clinicians who will become leaders in the field. Leadership themes and training are woven into our entire curriculum, including a leadership capstone course during…
China Initiative Visits Beijing | November 17–24, 2019 ⟩
December 18, 2019
Purpose In November 2019, the China Initiative team travelled to Beijing to support the instructors and students of the inaugural class of the USC-PUHSC dual degree occupational therapy master’s program at PUHSC. China Initiative Director Dr. Julie McLaughlin Gray, and OTD Resident Psalm Chang…
Embracing the Unknown ⟩
December 5, 2019
Student Ambassador Catherine interviews fellow OTD student Ana Sanchez about her decision to pursue the OTD and her residency at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) bringing Lifestyle Redesign® services to college students.
Photo courtesy of Ana Sanchez Why did you decide to pursue your OTD? The reason was really simple. I wanted to have the option to teach in the future, and I knew that if I didn’t do the OTD now, I wouldn’t come back to school again. How did you get into your residency? During the summer, I…
Alumna Arameh Anvarizadeh working towards a holistic admissions process
By Mike McNulty Arameh Anvarizadeh, director of admissions and associate clinical professor "Maybe it's the leo — the lioness — in me, wanting to tame the jungle," says Associate Clinical Professor Arameh Anvarizadeh ’05, MA ’06, OTD ’07, who has been newly appointed as director of…
Lending a Helping Hand ⟩
September 25, 2019
Student Ambassador Kaho interviews Areli Benitez about her decision to pursue the OTD and her residency providing hand therapy at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC).
LAC+USC, or “County” as it is often referred to, is one of the busiest hospitals in the Western United States, providing healthcare services for people in the area who are medically underserved and treating over 28 percent of LA County trauma victims. Areli Benitez at LAC + USC Medical Center…
China Initiative Visits Beijing | September 2019 ⟩
September 23, 2019
On Sept. 10, leaders from USC Chan joined alongside their counterparts at Peking University Health Sciences Center (PUHSC) to welcome the first class of students enrolled in the universities’ new dual-degree program in occupational therapy. With addresses from faculty and student representatives,…
Class now in session as China Initiative partnership welcomes inaugural students ⟩
September 12, 2019
USC curriculum and alumni educating first cohort of dual-degree occupational therapy students at Peking University Health Sciences Center.
By Mike McNulty / PUHSC [Chinese translation] China Initiative Director Julie McLaughlin Gray. (Photo by Psalm Chang) On Sept. 10, leaders from USC Chan joined alongside their counterparts at Peking University Health Sciences Center (PUHSC) to welcome the first class of students enrolled in the…
New course bridges continents to discuss global perspectives on occupation and justice ⟩
April 25, 2019
This spring semester, USC Chan master’s students had a new elective opportunity in their course options, one that connected them with new classmates halfway around the world.
OT 599 Special Topics, titled “Bridging Global Perspectives on Occupation and Justice,” was taught for the first time by USC Chan’s Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy Rebecca Aldrich. Aldrich designed the new course specifically to be taught simultaneously with a partner…
Five years in the making: My experiences in the Occupational Science PhD program and my advice for new and prospective students ⟩
April 16, 2019
Academics and Courses Students
By Mark Hardison PhD ’19 Mark Hardison PhD ’19 Deciding to get a PhD is a big decision; at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, it is a life-changing opportunity. It has completely transformed my understanding of science and clinical practice. More importantly,…