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Study finds 3 percent of children have elevated sensory issues that seemingly worsen throughout early childhood, a pattern strongly linked to autism >
December 29, 2022

Autism Faculty Research

By following more than 1,500 children over six years, USC-led study helps confirm sensory features are an early behavioral marker of autism.

By Mike McNulty Figure 1 from the article showing identified Class types and their respective trajectories. (Figure courtesy of Chen et al.) New results from a USC-led study reveal that 3 percent of all children have elevated sensory traits which seemingly worsen as they grow from infants/toddlers…

Study pinpoints three brain regions displaying telltale patterns in autistic individuals >
November 14, 2022

Autism Faculty Research

USC scientists are first to identify patterns of white matter connectivity exclusive to core autistic symptoms, pointing out potential flaw in previous autism neuroscience research.

By Mike McNulty Correlational tractography analysis by Aziz-Zadeh and colleagues revealed group differences in multiple tracts throughout the brain. (Courtesy of Lisa Aziz-Zadeh) New study results from an international research team led by USC scientists have identified a signature pattern of white…

Gelya Frank, faculty fixture for 40 years, announces retirement >
September 16, 2022

Faculty

For four decades, Frank offered anthropological perspectives that enhanced occupational therapy and occupational science at USC and beyond.

By Mike McNulty Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank, a member of the USC Chan faculty since 1982 with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has retired. She retains the academic rank of professor…

Newly updated SENSE program to continue benefiting neonatal ICU infants and their families >
July 25, 2022

Clinical Community and Partners Faculty

Second edition of the sensory-based program already in place at more than 400 NICUs is available now to NICU providers, therapists.

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) This month, the SENSE II program rolls out to neonatal health care professionals in hospitals across the world. The Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences, 2nd edition is an anticipated update of the SENSE program, a comprehensive approach to ensuring…

Baranek named 2022 INSAR Fellow >
May 27, 2022

Associations and Bodies Autism Awards Conferences Faculty

Designation recognizes impactful scholarship of International Society for Autism Research members.

Associate Dean and Chair Grace Baranek Associate Dean and Chair Grace Baranek has been named a 2022 Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research. The announcement was made at INSAR's annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The Fellow designation recognizes those INSAR members whose autism…

Lawlor wins Slagle, 8 more Trojans earn AOTA and AOTF awards >
April 4, 2022

Alumni Associations and Bodies Awards Conferences Faculty

Lawlor is 16th USC-affiliated recipient of Slagle award, the profession's highest academic honor.

By Mike McNulty Mary Lawlor, associate chair of research and professor Associate Chair of Research and Professor Mary Lawlor was named the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award, the profession’s most prestigious academic honor that…

Park running in 2022 AOTA elections >
February 16, 2022

Associations and Bodies Faculty Global Initiatives

Director of Global Initiatives looks to elevate association's mission on global stage.

Danny Park, director of USC Chan's Global Initiatives and associate professor of clinical occupational therapy, is running for elected position as the American Occupational Therapy Association's Alternate Delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. The election website is open…

Trojans gather to celebrate Lunar New Year >
January 31, 2022

China Initiative Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Events Faculty International Students

Participants from 9 countries share, reflect and engage in occupations to mark the holiday.

By Danny Park Students celebrating the Lunar New Year (photo/courtesy of Cheng Kai (Jason) Lin) Nearly 50 students and faculty from the USC Chan Division and Peking University Health Science Center gathered together online to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday on Jan. 28. The Lunar New Year is an…

Díaz appointed as division’s first-ever associate chair of diversity, access and equity >
January 19, 2022

Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

Jesús Díaz, associate chair of diversity, access and equity and associate professor of research Associate Professor of Research Jesús Díaz ’05, MA ’08, OTD ’09 has been named the first associate chair of diversity, access and equity (DAE) for the USC Chan Division. The appointment was…

Work-from-home survey reveals pandemic’s impacts upon employees’ physical and mental health, productivity and daily routines >
November 17, 2021

Faculty Health and Wellness Pandemic Research

How to support office workers’ health and wellness, when the “office” can be located anywhere.

By Jamie Wetherbe MA ’04 In the spring of 2020, Associate Professor Shawn Roll and his research collaborators from across USC were two years into developing the next generation of intelligent workstations that can optimize employee productivity in the office. The team has diverse yet complementary…

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