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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Alison M. Cogan PhD, OTR/L (she/her/hers)

Alison M. Cogan PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Alison Cogan is an assistant professor and director of the Rehabilitation and Functional Recovery Studies in Health Services (ReFReSH) lab. She completed her master’s in occupational therapy and PhD in occupational science at the University of Southern California, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Prior to pursuing a career in occupational therapy, Dr. Cogan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s in exercise physiology at Temple University in her hometown of Philadelphia, and worked in other industries. Dr. Cogan has more than 35 peer-reviewed publications and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She has held several leadership roles in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and has been recognized by both the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for excellence as a peer reviewer.

The focus of Dr. Cogan’s research is to improve the quality of rehabilitation services by identifying what combinations of services work best for whom to enable optimal functional performance and community participation for adults with acquired brain injury, including military service members and veterans. As a health services researcher, her work emphasizes understanding service delivery systems and the occupations of providing and receiving rehabilitation therapy services.

Research Interests

Community participation and reintegration, traumatic brain injury, military and Veteran health issues, health services, rehabilitation


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