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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA(she/her/hers)

Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Director of Admissions and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

CHP 128
(323) 442-2822
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Dr. Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Director of Admissions and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Dr. Anvarizadeh is responsible for developing the holistic admissions process and for maintaining effective admissions strategies and procedures within the division. She also oversees each academic program and makes certain the division is filled with high caliber diverse students.

Dr. Anvarizadeh is a Founding Member and Chair of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), a non-profit organization striving to empower occupational therapy leaders to engage in practices that increase diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and anti-oppression for a more transformative occupational therapy profession. She is responsible for developing the COTAD toolkit, the Ignite Series, and COTAD Chapters.

Dr. Anvarizadeh recently made history as the youngest and first African American/Iranian woman to become Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She is also the youngest woman of color inducted into the prestigious Roster of Fellows (FAOTA).

Dr. Anvarizadeh also currently holds leadership positions with AOTA as the Credential Review and Accountability Committee (CRAC) Chair, as a Representative Assembly Leadership Committee (RALC) member, as a Governance Task Force member, and as the liaison between the Governance and DEI task forces. Dr. Anvarizadeh was also a member of the AOTA Special Task Force on Entry Level Education, and a crucial contributor to the professional dialogue on the entry level degree requirements. She is a recent alumna of the 2020 cohort for the Executive Leadership Program for Multicultural Women.

Within the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), Dr. Anvarizadeh serves as a member of the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee. She is a recipient of OTAC’s Janice Matsutsuyu Outstanding Service Award and Vision Award. She previously held the position of Communications Chair for seven years.

Dr. Anvarizadeh is an accomplished speaker who has lectured in numerous state and national conferences, as well as internationally at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ (WFOT) congress. Dr. Anvarizadeh is passionate about building healthy, diverse communities through inclusion, equity, empowerment, and advocacy.

Awards

Roster of Fellows | 2020
American Occupational Therapy Association

Certificate of Appreciation for Valuable Contributions | 2010–2018
Occupational Therapy Association of California

Vision Award to the Centennial Float Committee | 2017
Occupational Therapy Association of California

Service Commendation for Mentor, Emerging Leaders Program, 2015 | 2017
American Occupational Therapy Association

Janice Matsutsuyu Outstanding Service Award | 2013
Occupational Therapy Association of California

Education

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2007 | University of Southern California

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2006 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
2005 | University of Southern California

Publications

2021

Other Articles

DeJesus, M., Oliver-Derry, K., Baldwin, E., Anvarizadeh, A., Lancaster, S., & Hoyt, C. R. (2021, May). Acknowledging roles, creating conversations, and taking action. OT Practice, 26, 12-15. Full text

2015

Other Articles

Wilson, S., Anvarizadeh, A., Hoyt Drazen, C., Holland, D., Kwebetchou, N., Reyes Smith, C., & Skowronski, J. (2015, November). Diversity in the workforce: Perspectives from emerging leaders. OT Practice, 20(21), 19–21. Full text