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Virtual reality research team earns USC Collaboration Fund grant ⟩
June 20, 2019

Awards Community and Partners Faculty Research

The interdisciplinary endeavor aims to establish USC as a world leader in the use of virtual technologies for healthcare.

By John Hobbs Photo by Nate Jensen Move over, gamers. There are some new players in the world of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). Increasingly, healthcare providers are looking to the immersive nature of VR as a way to treat a myriad of conditions. In fact, the market for virtual reality-based…

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…

Bodison to receive AOTF Ayres Award ⟩
January 1, 2019

Associations and Bodies Awards Faculty

Award recognizes career-long dedication to the science and practice of sensory integration and processing.

Stefanie Bodison Assistant Professor of Research Stefanie Bodison ’92, MA ’93, OTD ’10 has been named the 2019 recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's A. Jean Ayres Award. The Ayres award recognizes commitment to research-related development or testing of occupational…

Pitts named 2019 AOTA Fellow ⟩
November 14, 2018

Associations and Bodies Awards Conferences Faculty

Award recognizes Pitts' career-long expertise in, and advocacy for, mental and behavioral health.

Deborah Pitts PhD ’12, associate clinical professor of occupational therapy, has been selected as a 2019 inductee to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Roster of Fellows in recognition of her career work towards "sustaining the profession's mental, behavioral health capacities." The…

Zemke to receive 2018 Award of Merit ⟩
December 21, 2017

Associations and Bodies Awards Faculty

Professor Emeritus Ruth Zemke has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Award of Merit. The rarefied honor, to be formally awarded at the 2018 AOTA Conference in Salt Lake City, recognizes those select few who have made notable contributions to the…

Making aging more mobile with new smartphone app ⟩
October 16, 2017

Awards Chan in the Media Faculty Health and Wellness Research

NIH-funded MovingUp app developed by Schepens Niemiec will be first of its kind

By Mike McNulty / USC News If the infomercials are to be believed, older adults want cellphones that are anything but smart. With oversized displays and one-touch medical alert buttons, products like the Jitterbug flip phone are simple by design. But technology usage trends among seniors are…

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…

Leland earns record $4.7M to compare models for nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia ⟩
August 17, 2017

Associations and Bodies Awards Chan in the Media Clinical Community and Partners Faculty Research

Five-year PCORI contract is largest single award in USC Chan Division history

By Mike McNulty / USC News More than half of America’s 1.4 million nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. On any given day in any of the thousands of nursing homes across the country, medications need adjusting and activities require adapting as residents are monitored for…

Mattingly among three USC faculty honored as 2017 Guggenheim Fellows ⟩
April 12, 2017

Awards Chan in the Media Faculty Research

Fellowship to support writing new book on stigma

By Mike McNulty with Susan Bell and Ian Geckler/USC News Professor Cheryl Mattingly Professor Cheryl Mattingly has been honored with a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, one of only three USC faculty members to receive the prestigious award. She joins a diverse cohort of 173 scholars, artists and…

Two Chan students named Schweitzer fellows ⟩
April 6, 2017

Awards Clinical Community and Partners Research Students

Projects aim to improve health status of vulnerable L.A. populations

By Mike McNulty 2017-18 Schweitzer Fellows Allie Schmiesing MA ’18 and Erin Malia Sako MA ’18/Photo by Kelly Tongoi Erin Malia Sako MA ’18 and Allie Schmiesing MA ’18, first-year students in the division's entry-level occupational therapy professional program, have been selected to the…

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