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The garden of life at CHP ⟩
November 6, 2019

Health and Wellness Students

By revitalizing a forgotten garden, one USC student learned to grow so much more

By Kaho Ishizuki MA ’20 USC Landscape Shop staff member Jose Lopez and Maria Cristina Jiménez MA ’20 Walk out on the Center for the Health Professions (CHP) building patio shared by USC's occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy programs, and you will see eight thriving garden beds.…

Reducing Their Carbon Footprint through Cycling ⟩
October 2, 2019

Faculty Health and Wellness

In honor of National Walk and Bike to School Day, Student Ambassador Kaho interviews two USC Chan faculty, Drs. Camille Dieterle and Cheryl Vigen, who regularly bike to the university.

What made you want to start biking to work? Dieterle: I started biking around the University of Georgia (UGA) campus where I was an undergraduate because the campus was so big I couldn't get to class on time any other way. I immediately loved it and have bike commuted ever since. Through the years…

The mental health Rubik’s Cube: Finding the right balance ⟩
May 22, 2019

Health and Wellness Students

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, and as USC Chan occupational therapy student Katherine Crutsinger looks forward to her clinical career ahead, she reflects on her father’s and her own lived experiences with mental health.

By Katherine Crutsinger MA ’19 As a child and adult, I was really disappointed by my dad’s limitations, but I was not able to connect them with his mental health. Instead, I was angry at a father who did not provide the love and support that I had seen in other friends’ fathers. For much of my…

From Recovery to Aspiring Therapist ⟩
February 25, 2019

Health and Wellness Students

Rachel Eckerling MA ’20, BS ’19 battled anorexia for 13 years and met with more than 70 therapists on her route to recovery. For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week from Feb. 25 to Mar. 3, the now-recovered 22-year-old bachelor’s–to-master’s student shares her definition of anorexia and discusses how her own experiences will inform her future occupational therapy practices.

By Joyce Yoo Challenging occupation “My eating disorder is like a little voice in the back of my head that tells me that I need to be thinner or that I need to engage in certain behaviors in order to be safe and accepted. Eating was definitely a challenging occupation for me,” Eckerling says.…

New course on thriving at USC and beyond earns rave reviews ⟩
February 14, 2019

Academics and Courses Faculty Health and Wellness Students

In a low-stress class geared toward incoming freshmen, students develop skills to lead balanced and fulfilling lives.

By Eric Lindberg / USC News Debbie Lee didn’t realize how much she was ignoring her health and wellness. The USC junior has a packed schedule — serving as president of the undergraduate student body and volunteering with a Christian ministry on campus while pursuing her political science major.…

For faculty with OT spouses, love actually is all around ⟩
February 14, 2019

Faculty Health and Wellness

Have you ever wondered what it would be like, both personally and professionally, to date or marry a fellow occupational therapist? Would it affect how you manage your household? Or how you raise children?

Collaboration with Katie Jordan, Kim Lenington and Danny Park Edited by Joyce Yoo Three USC Chan faculty members have partners who are also fellow occupational therapists. On this Valentine’s Day, read what the Jordans, the Leningtons and the Parks have to say about life and love in an exclusively…

How to THRIVE in 2019 ⟩
January 7, 2019

Academics and Courses Health and Wellness

Are you sick of making resolutions that you never stick to? Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, Ashley Uyeshiro Simon, OTD, OTR/L, MSCS, shares with us a few strategies to jumpstart your new year to not only survive, but to THRIVE.

© MarekPhotoDesign.com / Adobe Stock Ashley Uyeshiro Simon, OTD, OTR/L, MSCS Self-Reflection The first step to THRIVE in this New Year is to engage in some self-reflection. Ask yourself, “What are the top three values and beliefs that I hold most dear, that define who I am as a person?” Once…

How your senses can help you better enjoy the holidays ⟩
December 13, 2018

Faculty Health and Wellness

Tips from an occupational therapist for a healthy, happy, holiday season.

By Tessa Milman Wondering how to manage stress this holiday season? Running out of time to recharge and relax? As a full-time working mother of two little ones, I know what it is like to have limited “me time.” If you are feeling pressed for time at this time of year, consider using your senses…

USC pilots new course about health and wellness ⟩
August 29, 2018

Academics and Courses Chan in the Media Community and Partners Health and Wellness

The new class will feature TED talk-style lectures with professors and Q&As.

By Andrea Klick / Daily Trojan Former USG Director of Wellness Affairs and alumna Marina Hrovat and Vice President Blake Ackerman attended the new wellness course during the first week of classes. (Kevin Fohrer | Daily Trojan) USC is piloting a one-unit course that aims to advise students on…

A game like no other: Healing Spaces targets Alzheimer’s, dementia patients ⟩
August 23, 2018

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Faculty Health and Wellness Research Students

The game — USC alum Gabriela Gomes’ MFA thesis project — is a multisensory experience created to help adults suffering from neurodegenerative diseases to relax and connect with their caregiver.

By Joanna Clay / USC News Multisensory video game Healing Spaces offers an immersive experience to help adults suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. (Screencap courtesy of Healing Spaces/Gabriela Gomes) Stein Duker pointed out that Healing Spaces is also unique in that it curates a whole…

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