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Shawn Roll named Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine ⟩
November 15, 2019

Associations and Bodies Awards Faculty Research

The honor recognizes Roll's scholarly contributions to advancing sonography beyond traditional medical uses.

Shawn Roll, PhD in Occupational Science program director and associate professor PhD in Occupational Science Program Director and Associate Professor Shawn Roll has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Fewer than 3 percent of AIUM members — a multidisciplinary…

USC study shows occupational therapy helps diabetes patients make lifestyle changes that can prevent serious health complications ⟩
November 8, 2019

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Research

The pilot study is the first to be completed under a novel academic-government collaboration between the SC CTSI, the UCLA CTSI, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

By Paul Karon / SC CTSI Associate Professor Beth Pyatak A USC pilot study has indicated that an occupational therapy intervention can help diabetes patients make the kind of important and long-lasting lifestyle changes that have the potential to substantially improve their health and prevent serious…

Schepens Niemiec selected for NIH-funded program to reduce Alzheimer’s-related disparities ⟩
October 24, 2019

Associations and Bodies Awards Community and Partners Faculty Research

In partnership with USC Roybal Institute on Aging, program accelerates innovative research by junior scientists

By Mike McNulty Stacey Schepens Niemiec, assistant professor of research Assistant Professor of Research Stacey Schepens Niemiec Postdoc ’13 has been selected to participate in a scientific training program funded by the National Institutes of Health that supports junior scientists to develop…

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…

Faculty symposium held ahead of USC Presidential Inauguration ⟩
September 18, 2019

Chan in the Media Conferences Faculty Lectures and Talks Research

By HSC News Staff / HSC News USC Chan faculty members Beth Pyatak, second from left, and Sook-Lei Liew, third from left, with USC President Carol Folt. (Photo by Rene Pak) The Health Sciences Campus community recently presented some of its best and brightest faculty members as part of the array of…

Virtual reality research team earns USC Collaboration Fund grant ⟩
June 20, 2019

Awards Community and Partners Faculty Research Technology

The interdisciplinary endeavor aims to establish USC as a world leader in the use of virtual technologies for healthcare.

By John Hobbs Photo by Nate Jensen Move over, gamers. There are some new players in the world of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). Increasingly, healthcare providers are looking to the immersive nature of VR as a way to treat a myriad of conditions. In fact, the market for virtual reality-based…

How one PhD student is emphasizing the World in World Autism Month ⟩
April 26, 2019

Autism Faculty Research Students

By Bryan Kang MA ’18, OTD ’19 April is World Autism Month, a time to recommit to raising awareness of, and support understanding for, individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy continues to be a leader in autism research, and…

Elementary school students tap imagination and empathy to design mural in new USC research lab ⟩
March 21, 2019

Autism Community and Partners Faculty Research

Lab studying early screening, sensory issues tied to autism opens with Mirman School field trip visit.

By Mike McNulty Mirman School students interacting with the insp!re lab's wall mural. (Photo by Hannah Benet) Harness the collective imagination of nearly 50 kids, channel it through their art and technology teachers, add a Hollywood production designer’s know-how and unleash it all on a blank…

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…

A real showcase for virtual technologies ⟩
October 3, 2018

Community and Partners Conferences Events Faculty Research Technology

Inaugural symposium of Trojans working on VR tools for health and rehab

By Mike McNulty Dominique Duncan, assistant professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, explains a demonstration of her Virtual Brain Segmenter, a VR-based tool for correcting errors that are created during the MRI process. (Photo by Glenn Marzano) At the inaugural USC Virtual…

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