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Back in My Day: Bridging the gap between Grandpa and Grandpaw >
November 3, 2021

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Health and Wellness Students

By Lois Angelo / Daily Trojan Angelo holding maltipoo Toby. (Photo/Courtesy of Lois Angelo) While my straightforward personality can be broken down into three simple categories — my love for gerontology, my grief for my exes, my obsession with TWICE — I rarely talk about my interest in…

New “Black Identity and Well-Being” section for OT-100 THRIVE course >
September 14, 2021

Academics and Courses Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

USC Chan partners with the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs to deliver culturally relevant content to undergraduate students.

A new discussion section of the OT-100 THRIVE: Foundations of Well-Being course focusing on “Black Identity and Well-Being” is being piloted this fall semester. The discussion section is co-taught by USC Chan faculty Dr. Ashley Uyeshiro Simon and USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs…

How a student project led to autism training at USC’s Department of Public Safety >
July 6, 2021

Autism Chan in the Media Community and Partners Students

Master’s students Monica Caris and Riley McGuire just wanted to educate people about autism, but already their capstone project has become part of yearly officer training.

By Grayson Schmidt / USC News Riley McGuire, DPS Assistant Chief Alma Burke and Monica Caris pose after the two students were honored for their autism project. (Photo/Courtesy of Riley McGuire) For Monica Caris and Riley McGuire, a leadership capstone in occupational therapy extended beyond…

How to cope with a complicated winter amid COVID-19 >
November 17, 2020

Chan in the Media Faculty Health and Wellness Pandemic

Days are getting shorter, the pandemic continues and the holidays may be more isolating than ever. USC experts offer advice on how to make the best of it.

By Gary Polakovic and David Medzerian / USC News Months of being in isolation can take a toll on your psyche, especially during the holiday season. (Illustration/iStock) "Winter is coming, and it will be challenging," said Ashley Uyeshiro Simon, an associate professor of clinical occupational…

BFA students add minors alongside dance training >
September 29, 2020

Academics and Courses Chan in the Media Students

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is a dance conservatory in a university setting. Students in the [Bachelor of Fine Arts] program take a myriad of dance classes along with school-wide general education requirements. This allows BFA students to explore subjects outside of dance, as well as add minors to complement their dance training.

By Brigid Murphy / USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Bella Allen and India Dobbie (BFA ’22) perform "Ancient Chaos" by Bella Allen. (Photo by Mary Mallaney) Bella Allen (BFA ’22) took advantage of the abundant academic offerings at USC and chose to pursue a minor in Occupational Science within…

When education requires in-person work during a pandemic >
August 26, 2020

Academics and Courses Chan in the Media Faculty Pandemic

By Kate Faye / HSC News With Keck Medicine of USC now accepting all patients for needed health care services and the fall semester in motion, departments throughout have taken steps to make sure that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is minimal. This has resulted in new policies and best practices…

A trio of faculty members explore how VR can help combat neurological diseases >
August 4, 2020

Chan in the Media Faculty Health and Wellness Research

USC’s Sook-Lei Liew, Judy Pa and James M. Finley are researching the benefits of virtual reality for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or stroke.

By Chandrea Miller / USC News From left, Sook-Lei Liew, James M. Finley and Judy Pa in the USC SMART-VR Center. (Photo courtesy of Sook-Lei Liew) They've been called one of the most junior teams to lead such a high-profile USC collaboration. "I'm not sure if this is good or bad," said Sook-Lei Liew…

USC-designed smartphone app aims to get older adults “Moving Up” >
June 3, 2020

Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty Health and Wellness Research

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

Chan in the Media Clinical Faculty

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

Chan in the Media Clinical Community and Partners Health and Wellness

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…

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