USC Chan Magazine
The magazine of the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is published twice yearly and is free to alumni and friends of the division. Please send all changes of address, letters and correspondence to:
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar St. CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
or by using Chan Alumni Connect.
Spring / Summer 2021
How a student project led to autism training at USC’s Department of Public Safety >
by Grayson Schmidt
USC Chan students Monica Caris MA ’21, OTD ’22 and Riley McGuire MA ’21, OTD ’22 just wanted to educate people about autism, but already their capstone project has become part of yearly officer training.
Let There Be Peace >
by Kaitlyn Sun Kim MA ’20, OTD ’21
How my pandemic fieldwork experience made me an occupational and social justice practitioner.
Madam Veep >
In July, Director of Admissions and Associate Clinical Professor Arameh Anvarizadeh ’05, MA ’06, OTD ’07 made history as the youngest and first African American-Iranian woman to become vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She recently sat down with the USC Chan Magazine to talk about her action-packed agenda as Vice President, her hopes for the association and where she sees the next generation taking occupational therapy.
Breathe Easy >
by Samantha Valasek MA ’15, OTD ’16
Assistant Clinical Professor
Providing compassionate cessation services to cancer patients who smoke.