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China Initiative Team Delivers Annual Presentation at the Chan Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) ⟩
July 20, 2023

China Initiative International Lectures and Talks Students

The China Initiative team gave a presentation to international visitors interested in OT in the United States, delving into its history, mission, and transformative role in advancing occupational therapy in China.

The Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) program, designed for international occupational therapists and occupational therapy students interested in learning about occupational therapy (OT) practice, education, and research in the United States, invited the China Initiative team to present…

Erna Blanche to keynote division’s 2023 commencement ⟩
April 10, 2023

Alumni Events Faculty Lectures and Talks

USC alumna and current faculty member is a renowned expert in pediatric occupational therapy and therapeutic interventions based on occupational science.

Clinical Professor Erna Blanche Clinical Professor Erna Imperatore Blanche MA ’88, PhD ’98 has been selected as the keynote speaker for the USC Chan Division's 2023 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, May 12, at the USC University Park Campus. Blanche is an expert in pediatric…

Karla Ausderau honored with 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation ⟩
November 18, 2022

Alumni Awards Events Lectures and Talks Research

Karla Ausderau (Courtesy of Karla Ausderau) Karla Ausderau MA ’00, PhD ’09, associate professor in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two-time USC alumna, was awarded the division's 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation. Ausderau…

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller honored with 2021 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation ⟩
October 7, 2021

Awards Clinical Events Lectures and Talks Research

The USC Chan Division is honored to announce the recipient of the 2021 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L. Dr. Miller prepared her 2021 Buehler Award lecture, titled “What A Long Strange Trip It Has Been: Making a Difference.” The lecture was…

Neil Harvison, AOTA’s chief of knowledge, to address Class of 2021 ⟩
April 29, 2021

Associations and Bodies Events Lectures and Talks Students

Strategic executive at the national professional association will highlight USC Chan’s May 13 online celebration.

Neil Harvison, Chief of Knowledge at the American Occupational Therapy Association Neil Harvison, chief of knowledge at the American Occupational Therapy Association, has been named the keynote speaker for the USC Chan Division’s 2021 virtual commencement celebration. Harvison manages knowledge…

Clinical faculty featured in AOTA’s free COVID-19 webinar ⟩
August 20, 2020

Associations and Bodies Clinical Faculty Lectures and Talks Pandemic

Associate Clinical Professor Jamie Wilcox USC Chan clinical faculty members Jamie Wilcox MA ’13, OTD ’14 and John Margetis ’11, MA ’12, OTD ’13 shared insights and expertise gained from working with COVID-positive patients at Keck Hospital of USC during an Aug. 19 webinar hosted by the…

China Initiative Visits Beijing | November 17–24, 2019 ⟩
December 18, 2019

Academics and Courses Associations and Bodies China Initiative Community and Partners Conferences Faculty International Lectures and Talks Students

Purpose In November 2019, the China Initiative team travelled to Beijing to support the instructors and students of the inaugural class of the USC-PUHSC dual degree occupational therapy master’s program at PUHSC. China Initiative Director Dr. Julie McLaughlin Gray, and OTD Resident Psalm Chang…

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…

Alumna earns highest award from Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists ⟩
June 4, 2019

Alumni Associations and Bodies Awards Lectures and Talks

Susan Forwell MA ’89, PhD ’05 was awarded the 2018 Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award by the Conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. The award honors a CAOT member who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through scholarship, education and…

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…

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