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$2.1M NIH grant will use brain imaging to study autism deficits ⟩
June 8, 2015

Autism Awards Faculty Research Technology

By Mike McNulty A five-year, $2.1 million-dollar National Institutes of Health research grant has been awarded to the USC Chan Division to use neuroimaging technology to better understand the relationships between brain activity patterns and social and motor deficits exhibited by children with…

USC Chan Aligns with the HollyRod Foundation to Focus on Common Needs of Those Affected by Autism ⟩
June 4, 2015

Autism Clinical Community and Partners Health and Wellness

By Mike McNulty The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has aligned with the HollyRod Foundation as part of the division’s ongoing commitment to understanding and providing family-centered resources to those with autism spectrum disorder. USC is home to a community…

Olga Solomon joins IMFAR autism conference keynote panel ⟩
May 18, 2015

Autism Conferences Faculty Lectures and Talks Research

By Mike McNulty Assistant professor Olga Solomon was a keynote panel session speaker at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The panel topic, "Autism and Society: Taking Stock of the History and Meaning of Autism Research," asked the speakers to assess…

The Help Group and USC form a new partnership ⟩
March 6, 2015

Autism Community and Partners Faculty Research

By Mike McNulty The Help Group is pleased to announce an innovative partnership between The Help Group and the University of Southern California (USC) Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. The Help Group – USC Occupational Science Initiative is dedicated to developing…

16 Trojans published in American Journal of Occupational Therapy ⟩
January 5, 2015

Autism Clinical Faculty Research

Congratulations to the 16 Trojans published in the January/February 2015 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Assistant Professor Natalie Leland, Assistant Clinical Professor Karen Crum MA ’13, OTD ’14, Board of Councilors Member Shawn Phipps BS ’97, Adjunct Clinical…

Life redesigned (USC Trojan Family Magazine) ⟩
December 12, 2014

Autism Chan in the Media Clinical Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign

The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy helps people live life to its fullest, no matter what challenges they face

By Jessica Raymond/USC Trojan Family Magazine USC has been putting occupational therapy on the international map for decades by building the science behind occupational therapists’ work with patients. And with a recent gift from USC Trustee Ronnie C. Chan MBA ’76 and his family, USC cemented its…

Postdoctoral fellow quoted in New York Times ⟩
October 20, 2014

Autism Chan in the Media Faculty Research

By Mike McNulty Postdoctoral Fellow Leah Stein NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow Leah Stein MA ’06, PhD ’13 was quoted in a New York Times article on the potential for sensory adaptations to reduce distress and pain of children with autism when visiting the dentist. Stein is a member of the Sensory…

Dental visits can be daunting for autistic children ⟩
April 25, 2014

Autism Chan in the Media Clinical Community and Partners Faculty Research

Sharon Cermak wants to make the experience more kid-friendly

By Rob Russow MA ’14/USC Today Professor Sharon Cermak Do you dread going to the dentist? You may have good reasons: With its whirring drills, bright operatory lights and strong scents, the dental office experience can overwhelm even the most stoic patient. But for children with autism — many of…

PhD candidate Amanda Foran interviewed on National Public Radio ⟩
December 3, 2013

Autism Chan in the Media Students

Occupational science PhD candidate Amanda Foran ’14 was interviewed by Ben Johnson for American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report as part of a series exploring video games and mental health. "People with autism want to engage socially, they desire that interaction," Foran told Johnson. "If…

Symposium convenes scholars of sensory integration research ⟩
November 11, 2013

Autism Conferences Lectures and Talks Research

By Mike McNulty National experts on the sensory issues tied to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders exchanged their respective research at the 24th USC Occupational Science Symposium, which brought together dozens of leaders from across the country to assess the field and prioritize future…

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