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Faculty duo earn national award for industry magazine article ⟩
December 17, 2019

Associations and Bodies Awards Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty

Stephanie Tsai and Elyse Peterson to receive the 2020 AOTA Jeanette Bair Writer’s Award.

By Mike McNulty Stephanie Tsai, assistant clinical professor USC Chan faculty members Stephanie Tsai MA ’16, OTD ’17 and Elyse Peterson MA ’11, OTD ’12 have been named recipients of the 2020 Jeanette Bair Writer’s Award by the American Occupational Therapy Association for their OT Practice…

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…

Lending a Helping Hand ⟩
September 25, 2019

Academics and Courses Clinical Students

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…

Grant to expand reach of USC Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program ⟩
July 23, 2019

Awards Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty

As part of the GWEP grant, a team of USC faculty from social work, occupational therapy and pharmacy see older adults in a special clinic at Eisner Health Center.

By Claire Norman / HSC News The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $3.75 million to the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). In 2015, the…

Shawn Phipps delivers TEDx talk on occupational therapy and neuroplasticity ⟩
May 31, 2019

Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty Lectures and Talks

Watch the TEDx talk from Shawn Phipps ’97, Board of Councilors member and adjunct faculty, from March's TEDxAlmansorPark event organized by alumnus Bill Wong MA ’11, OTD ’13.

Shawn Phipps at TEDxAlmansorPark Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA tells the inspirational story of the challenges and triumphs of a patient who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident. The power of Occupational Therapy and Neuroplasticity is described using the…

Katie Jordan joins national expert panel on opioid use disorder ⟩
May 17, 2019

Associations and Bodies Clinical Faculty Lifestyle Redesign

Jordan is the only occupational therapist on 25-member panel reporting on opioid-related healthcare quality measures to inform federal programs.

By Mike McNulty Opioid-related overdose deaths have increased during the past decade in epidemic proportions — nearly 50,000 Americans died in 2017 due to both prescription and illicit opioid use. It’s an alarming problem with complex causes, and organizations and providers alike are scrambling…

Pursuing research for the OTD ⟩
February 22, 2019

Academics and Courses Clinical Research Students

Student Ambassador Etta interviews Meghan Neureither about her work as an OTD Resident.

Why did you pick the research track? I chose the research track because I have always had an interest in research, but was not sure about committing myself to a four-year PhD program. Working in research has been incredible, and allowed me to think on the larger scale, and bigger picture. It is…

The Doctor(ate) is in ⟩
February 21, 2019

Academics and Courses Clinical Students

As many of our Accelerated Master's to OTD students begin to plan for the doctoral program next year, four current OTD students — Kaitlyn Cruz, Laryssa Green, Keilani Phillips, and Phillip Lee — discuss their experiences with our Student Ambassador Etta.

Why did you decide to pursue your OTD? Kaitlyn: I decided to pursue my OTD for many reasons: to advance the profession of occupational therapy, to lay down a foundation to be a leader in the field, to progress towards my future goals and to overall prepare me as the best clinician I can possibly be.…

Election Q&A with Katie Jordan ⟩
January 3, 2019

Associations and Bodies Clinical Faculty

Katie Jordan (Photo by Glenn Marzano) Katie Jordan, associate chair of occupational therapy clinical services and clinical professor, has officially announced her candidacy in the 2019 elections held by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Jordan is running for the position of Director to…

On its 20th anniversary, “Occupation as Ends, Occupation as Means” as relevant as ever ⟩
December 19, 2018

Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty

How the 1998 article explained occupation-based practice to a generation of clinicians and students.

By Evan Nicholas MA ’19 Julie McLaughlin Gray (Photo by Hannah Benet) Julie McLaughlin Gray's now-familiar article, "Putting Occupation into Practice: Occupation as Ends, and Occupation as Means," turns 20 years old this year. During the past two decades, this seminal work has captured attention…

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