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AI could help in the early diagnosis of autism, USC study finds ⟩
December 20, 2023

Artificial Intelligence Autism Faculty Research Technology

Results indicate an “easy and novel” way to detect autism spectrum disorders, paving the way for tailored therapeutic approaches.

By Leigh Hopper Artificial intelligence, coupled with data from an iPad coloring game, could assist in early diagnosis of autism, a new USC study shows. “These results indicate potential for an easy and novel method for early detection of autism and development coordination disorder,” said…

International study shows link between brain age and stroke outcomes ⟩
April 7, 2023

Faculty Research Technology

A USC-led team of researchers find that brain age, a neuroimaging-based assessment of global brain health, may play a role in post-stroke outcomes and could potentially help identify people at risk for poorer outcomes.

A new study lead by a team of researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC shows that younger “brain age,” a neuroimaging-based assessment of global brain health, is associated with better post-stroke outcomes. The findings could lead to better ways to predict post-stroke outcomes and…

Mitigating on-the-job stress: Stress mapping with artificial intelligence ⟩
March 29, 2023

Artificial Intelligence Faculty Health and Wellness Research Technology

USC Chan’s Shawn Roll leading interdisciplinary team on $1.1M National Science Foundation grant for managing, mitigating on-the-job stress.

By Mike McNulty for The Explorer Journal 2023 (Illustration by master1305/Adobe Stock) The World Health Organization has called stress the “health epidemic of the 21st century” — and that was before the Covid-19 pandemic. While a highly personalized phenomenon, job-related stress is…

Study highlights barriers, facilitators to telehealth occupational therapy for autistic children during the pandemic ⟩
January 17, 2023

Autism Community and Partners Pandemic Research Technology

Qualitative research explores perspectives of occupational therapists, clinical administrators and caregivers.

By Mike McNulty Telehealth became an essential way for occupational therapists to work with clients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, nearly three years after the March 2020 stay-at-home orders, researchers from USC Chan’s Disparity Reduction and Equity in Autism Services (DREAmS) lab published…

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 Technology

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…

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 Technology

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 Today 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 Technology

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…

Smart squad ⟩
May 11, 2020

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Faculty Research Technology

By Chandrea Miller / USC Provost They've been called one of the most junior teams to lead a USC collaboration fund center — they, as in, Dr. James M. Finley, Assistant Professor, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Dr. Judy Pa and Dr. Sook-Lei Liew, both, Assistant Professors,…

Video: Intelligent desk that promotes office worker health, wellness and productivity ⟩
November 21, 2019

Faculty Health and Wellness Research Technology

When you think of an intelligent machine, what comes to mind? Associate Professor Shawn Roll, co-principal investigator of the "Coadaptation of Intelligent Office Desks and Human Users to Promote Worker Productivity, Health and Wellness" study, helps explain the future of intelligent workspaces in…

Sook-Lei Liew featured in new GoldieBlox YouTube show highlighting STEM-based career paths ⟩
July 24, 2019

Chan in the Media Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty Technology

Series part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN initiative

Today, children’s multimedia company GoldieBlox and IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, launch a new YouTube series, Fast Forward Girls. The show follows the journey of young women as they learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in the real world by…

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