Latest Chan Division News
Celebrating unsung heroes during National Family Caregivers Month ⟩
November 25, 2020
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a nationwide observance that recognizes those who dedicate their time and effort towards caring for family members in need. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of family caregivers and praise their strength and support. Within occupational therapy, including the family in treatment provides a wealth of benefits, and families can also act as a catalyst for further healing and engagement.
Six members of the USC Chan Division — faculty members Allison Chu, Celso Delgado, Janet Gunter, Stacey Schepens Niemiec, and students Delaney Smith MA ’21 and Adam Strizich MA ’21 — discuss the importance of including families in occupational therapy.
By Calvin Lee MA ’21 Allison Chu OTD, OTR/L Chu: It’s often been said that when you get married, you’re not just marrying that person but you’re marrying their family as well. Similarly with OT, when you’re working with a client, you’re not just working with the client but you’re also…
Clinical faculty featured in AOTA’s free COVID-19 webinar ⟩
August 20, 2020
Associate Clinical Professor Jamie Wilcox USC Chan clinical faculty members Jamie Wilcox MA ’13, OTD ’14 and John Margetis ’11, MA ’12, OTD ’13 shared insights and expertise gained from working with COVID-positive patients at Keck Hospital of USC during an Aug. 19 webinar hosted by the…
Neonatal therapy expert joins USC Chan faculty ⟩
July 13, 2020
Certified Neonatal Therapist and research scientist Bobbi Pineda studies high-risk and premature infants and their families in the NICU.
By Mike McNulty Assistant Professor Bobbi Pineda Every year in the U.S., approximately 500,000 babies are born before reaching 37 weeks of pregnancy. The earlier the gestational age, the higher are the risks to the infant, including disability and mortality. "Just being born early changes brain…
Inclusive LGBTQIA+ Patient Care ⟩
June 22, 2020
As we celebrate Pride Month, it is necessary to address the importance of inclusive LGBTQIA+ patient care. Four members of our division — Ava Tehrani, Daphne Carcedo Cravens, Dr. Karrie Kingsley and Dr. Tessa Milman – discuss with our student ambassador, Lamoni, how heteronormativity is harmful during patient care and how we can create more inclusive environments.
Why is inclusive LGBTQIA+ patient care important? Ava Tehrani Ava: The LGBTQIA+ community faces substantial health disparities such as limited access to healthcare. The healthcare that they have had access to may have led to bad experiences due to discrimination by healthcare providers as well as…
Less than 10% of people aged 65 and up meet the national guidelines for physical activity. USC researchers are seeking to increase this figure through Moving Up, a mobile phone app geared toward older adults.
By Rishbha Bhagi / USC Viterbi School of Engineering Stacey Schepens Niemiec has long been passionate about using technology to improve the health and wellness of older adults. She became concerned with the widening of a “digital divide” among older adults that was limiting their access to…
Six Trojans featured in May issue of OT Practice ⟩
May 22, 2020
Five USC Chan faculty members and one alumna made the pages of the May 2020 issue of OT Practice magazine.
By Mike McNulty Five USC Chan faculty members and one alumna made the pages of the May 2020 issue of OT Practice magazine. The cover article, “Helping Clients Prepare for and Recover From Lung Transplant,” was written by alumna Wesley Chen MA ’18, OTD ’19, Assistant Clinical Professor Jamie…
Making a difference: Occupational therapy fellowships impact homeless healthcare in Los Angeles ⟩
May 20, 2020
By Matthew Lee / USC Homelessness Initiative Julian Prado works at the JWCH Center for Community Health, located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The community clinic is a specially designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to serve individuals experiencing homelessness, providing…
Healthcare for the Homeless ⟩
March 26, 2020
Student Ambassador Kaho interviews OTD student Julian Prado about his decision to pursue the OTD and work with the homeless population in Los Angeles.
What made you want to pursue an OTD degree? I decided to pursue an OTD degree because I wanted to be able to have a clinical experience within a role emerging practice area and be able to cultivate the role under the guidance of mentorship. My mentor, Dr. Deborah Pitts has years of experience…
More Than Just a Class, A Community ⟩
March 19, 2020
Hi! I am your occupational therapist. Are you ready to participate in today’s activities?
By Student Ambassador Kat Hylton ¡Hola! Soy su terapeuta ocupacional. ¿Esta listo para participar en las actividades de hoy? (Translation: Hi! I am your occupational therapist. Are you ready to participate in today’s activities?) This is an example of the phrases we are learning in OT 566…
A “hands-on” approach to teaching ⟩
February 13, 2020
Janice Rocker, who spends most of her time working in the hand therapy clinic at Keck Hospital of USC, brings her clinical experience to the classroom for OT 562 “Advance Practice in Hand Therapy and Physical Agent Modalities.”
By Kevin Uhrik / HSC News As a student in the entry-level master’s program at USC, I am grateful for the opportunity to be taught and mentored by the clinical faculty members of the Chan Division. The clinical faculty members at USC have a longstanding history of both teaching and clinical…