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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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Candace Chatman OTD, OTR/L(she/her/hers)

Candace Chatman OTD, OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

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Dr. Candace Chatman is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Pediatrics. Her dedication to improving the lives of families and children with disabilities began with a Master’s in Teaching Special Education from Loyola Marymount University.  She enjoyed working as a secondary special education teacher and coordinator in Highland Park and Watts for eight years. Dr. Chatman received her Master’s of Science degree in occupational therapy from California State Dominguez Hills in 2016. For four years she worked as a pediatric occupational therapist at Pediatric Therapy Network, which allowed her to practice in school-based, early intervention, clinic, and social skills settings. Dr. Chatman received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from USC in 2020, where she completed her research residency with Dr. Stefanie Bodison in the SensoryLab, with an emphasis on measuring the impact of group-based early intervention programming on sensory integration processing of children ages 18 months to 3 years old. She also participated on the pedagogy track as a teaching assistant to Dr. Amber Bennett and Dr. Camille Dieterle.

As an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Dr. Chatman works with the Fieldwork team on site development, mentoring students, and collaborating with clinicians to develop fieldwork opportunities within the entire scope of occupational therapy.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2020 | University of Southern California

Master’s of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy
2016 | California State University Dominguez Hills

Master’s of Teaching (MAT) in Special Education
2006 | Loyola Marymount University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature
2003 | Seattle University