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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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Erna Blanche PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Erna Blanche PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy

CHP 222T
(323) 442-1857
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Erna Imperatore Blanche received her basic training in occupational therapy at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile) and later earned her Master of Arts degree in Special Education at Columbia University and her PhD degree in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in pediatric occupational therapy and interventions based on occupational science. She has co-authored several books, one standardized assessment, and one video series.  She has also published numerous articles in English and Spanish on the topics of sensory processing, autism spectrum disorder, play, and other issues related to clinical practice. Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy International, Journal of Occupational Science, and Play and Culture Studies, among others, as well as in pediatric textbooks. Blanche has lectured internationally in more than 30 countries and maintains ties with Therapy West, Inc., a clinic that she co-founded and which sees more than 400 children per week. Dr. Blanche has received numerous recognitions for her work with children.

Research Interests

Dr. Blanche’s research interests are in the areas of play, clinical evaluation of children with developmental disabilities including autism, and the relationship between sensory processing and lifestyle choices.

Education

Selected Publications

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