University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L

Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L

Director of Admissions and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 128
(323) 442-2822
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Biography

Dr. Arameh Anvarizadeh, OTD, OTR/L 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 ensuring the admissions process by creating and maintaining effective admission strategies and procedures. She also oversees each academic program and makes certain the division is filled with high caliber diverse students.

Dr. Anvarizadeh is also a Founding Member and Vice Chair of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), a non-profit organization striving to meet society’s occupational needs by developing local and national initiatives and aligning with key stakeholders to create a socioculturally diverse workforce that is able to provide culturally effective and client-centered services to occupational therapy consumers. She is responsible for developing the COTAD toolkit and the COTAD Chapters.

Dr. Anvarizadeh also currently holds leadership positions on both the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as the Ad Hoc Website Committee Chair and the Credential Review and Accountability Committee (CRAC) Chair, respectively.  Within AOTA, she is also a Representative Assembly Leadership Committee (RALC) member and an Emerging Leaders Development Program mentor.

Within OTAC, she also serves as a member on the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee. She is a recipient of OTAC’s Janice Matsutsuyu Outstanding Service Award and Vision Award. 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, health education, empowerment, and advocacy.  She envisions creating sustainable communities through social entrepreneurship and policy using an occupational therapy perspective.

Awards

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

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.