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Here’s one way to get more diversity in science and health fields >
December 18, 2019

Alumni Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity

When you don’t know any doctors or scientists, it can be tough to imagine becoming one. The USC STAR program introduces teens to real lab work, and it’s one of many initiatives supported by the university’s Good Neighbors Campaign.

By Eric Lindberg / USC News USC's STAR program brings together students from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, like Nirali Patel, center, to work with USC faculty members on research. (USC Photo/Eric Lindberg) Jenny Martínez speaks up for people who don’t have a voice in the health care…

Jordan, Pyatak named fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association >
October 30, 2019

Alumni Associations and Bodies Awards Faculty

Awards to be given at 2020 conference in Boston

By Mike McNulty Associate Chair of Clinical Services and Clinical Professor Katie Jordan MA ’03, OTD ’04 and Associate Professor Beth Pyatak MA ’04, PhD ’10 have been named recipients of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows award. The award recognizes…

Latest issue of AJOT features 23 USC-affiliated authors >
September 30, 2019

Alumni Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty Research Students

Katie Jordan is guest editor of the journal’s special issue on primary care

By Mike McNulty Nearly two dozen Trojans authors — including faculty and staff members, students and alumni — were published in the Sept./Oct. 2019 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. The special issue focused on primary care, an area of occupational therapy research and…

Alumna earns highest award from Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists >
June 4, 2019

Alumni Associations and Bodies Awards Lectures and Talks

Susan Forwell MA ’89, PhD ’05 was awarded the 2018 Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award by the Conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. The award honors a CAOT member who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through scholarship, education and…

Board of Councilors member Wayne Hinthorn, 90 >
October 2, 2018

Alumni Chan in the Media

Board of Councilors member Wayne Hinthorn, pictured in June 2018. (Photo by Glenn Marzano) Wayne L. Hinthorn went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the morning of Sept. 27, 2018. Born July 25, 1928, in Canon City, Colo., Wayne was the second son of Clinton B. Hinthorn and…

Okay Cupid, what’s occupation got to do with it? >
February 14, 2018

Alumni Events Health and Wellness

On Valentine's Day 2018, dating coach, occupational therapist and USC Chan alumna Karen McCarthy shares insights from her qualitative study on the habits and occupations of dating. Learn more about McCarthy at karenmccarthycoaching.com.

By Karen McCarthy MA ’04, OTD ’08 with Kimberly Kho A little over six years ago, I made a major life-changing decision: I left my comfortable life in Manhattan Beach, California, and moved to Ireland. I took a major pay cut for my new job, but I did it for love, certain that I would find my…

The veteran occupational therapist >
November 11, 2017

Academics and Courses Alumni Events

In commemoration of Veterans Day 2017, USC Chan alumna and U.S. Army veteran Jen Hermanson reflects on what it means to be a veteran occupational therapist

By Jen Hermanson MA ’15, OTD ’16 Photo courtesy of Army Medicine When I agreed to write this article I thought it would be pretty easy. Hey, I’m a veteran and an OT, so I feel like I’m highly qualified to write about being a veteran and an occupational therapist. When I actually sat down to…

3 things I’ve learned about veterans >
November 9, 2017

Alumni Clinical Events

In advance of Veterans Day, USC Chan alumna Alison Cogan shares a few thoughts about working with veterans from her perspectives as an occupational scientist and occupational therapist

By Alison Cogan MA ’12, PhD ’17 2017 commemorative Veterans Day poster/Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Outreach Office Veterans Day marks a national holiday dedicated to recognizing all of the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. At this time of year…

8 Trojans to be honored with OTAC awards >
September 27, 2017

Alumni Associations and Bodies Awards Conferences Faculty

By Mike McNulty Eight Trojans have been named recipients of annual awards presented by the Occupational Therapy Association of California, a non-profit professional society that represents the interests of the more than 15,000 occupational therapy practitioners working in California. Associate Chair…

Five Trojans aboard 2017 Rose Parade float >
December 29, 2016

Alumni Associations and Bodies Events Faculty

Occupational Therapy Association of California float commemorates 100-year anniversary of profession's founding

Float rendering courtesy of the Occupational Therapy Association of California/Fiesta Floats On the morning of Jan. 2, 2017, five USC Trojans will be floating high above the streets of Pasadena, Calif., during the world-famous Tournament of Roses® Rose Parade. The Trojans will be riding on board…

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