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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Rebecca Aldrich PhD, OTR/L

Rebecca Aldrich PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 101H
(323) 442-1307
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Biography

Rebecca (Beccy) Aldrich is an occupational scientist whose work explores sociopolitical influences on everyday life. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California and her Doctor of Philosophy in occupational science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her 2018 appointment to the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, she was an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Aldrich’s research on the “wicked problem” of long-term unemployment has illuminated how resource seeking shapes everyday life, contributing not only to empirical literatures but also to critiques of assumptions about occupation. Dr. Aldrich has established a number of global partnerships to foster students’ understanding of occupational-related concepts — particularly those related to social and occupational justice — and this work has earned awards for innovative teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Aldrich has published extensively in peer-reviewed occupational science and occupational therapy journals and textbooks, earning awards for both her writing and for her mentoring of other faculty members on their research and writing processes.

Research Interests

Unemployment, occupational in/justice, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Deweyan philosophy, critical perspectives on occupation.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Science
2011 | University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
2006 | University of Southern California

Publications

2018

Book Chapters

Aldrich, R. M., & Heatwole Shank, K. (2018). An occupational science perspective on occupation, adaption, and participation. In L. C. Grajo & A. Boisselle (Eds.), Adaptation through occupation: Multidimensional perspectives (pp. 159-174). Thorofare, NJ: Slack.

Journal Articles

Aldrich, R. M. (2018). Strengthening associated living: A Deweyan approach to occupational justice. Journal of Occupational Science, 25(3), 337-345. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2018.1484386 Show abstract

Gerlach, A. J., Teachman, G., Laliberte Rudman, D., Aldrich, R. M., & Huot, S. (2018). Expanding beyond individualism: Engaging critical perspectives on occupation. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 25(1), 35-43. https://doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2017.1327616 Show abstract

Aldrich, R. M., Gupta, J., & Laliberte Rudman, D. (2018). “Academic innovation in service of” what? The scope of North American occupational science doctoral graduates’ contributions from 1994–2015. Journal of Occupational Science, 25(2), 270-282. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2017.1365257 Show abstract

2017

Book Chapters

Laliberte Rudman, D., & Aldrich, R. M. (2017). Occupational science. In M. Curtin, M. Egan, & J. Adams (Eds.), Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment (7th ed., pp. 17-27). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Journal Articles

Laliberte Rudman, D., & Aldrich, R. M. (2017). Discerning the social in individual stories of occupation through critical narrative inquiry. Journal of Occupational Science, 24(4), 470-481. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2017.1369144 Show abstract

Aldrich, R. M., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Filling in the gaps: A case for enhancing Madsen and Josephsson’s assertions about occupation, situation, and inquiry. Journal of Occupational Science, 24(4), 425-429. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2017.1336736 Show abstract

Aldrich, R. M., Laliberte Rudman, D., & Dickie, V. A. (2017). Resource seeking as occupation: A critical and empirical exploration. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(3), 7103260010p1-7103260010p9. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.021782 Show abstract

2016

Journal Articles

Laliberte Rudman, D., & Aldrich, R. M. (2016). “Activated, but stuck”: Applying a critical occupational lens to examine the negotiation of long-term unemployment in contemporary socio-political contexts. Societies, 6(3), 28. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc6030028 Show abstract

Aldrich, R. M., & Laliberte Rudman, D. (2016). Situational analysis: A visual analytic approach that unpacks the complexity of occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 23(1), 51-66. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2015.1045014 Show abstract

2015

Journal Articles

Aldrich, R. M. (2015). Course redesign to promote local and global experiential learning about human occupation: Description and evaluation of a pilot effort. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(1), 56-62. https://doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2015/v45no1a10 Show abstract

2014

Journal Articles

Aldrich, R. M., & Marterella, A. (2014). Community-engaged research: A path for occcupational science in the changing university landscape. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(2), 210-225. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2012.714077 Show abstract

Aldrich, R. M., Harkins McCarty, C., Boyd, B. A., Bunch, C., & Balentine, C. B. (2014). Empirical lessons about occupational categorization from case studies of unemployment: Leçons empiriques sur la catégorisation des occupations à partir d’études de cas sur le chômage. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(5), 289-297. https://doi.org/10.1177/0008417414540129 Show abstract

2013

Book Chapters

Aldrich, R. M., & Cutchin, M. P. (2013). Dewey’s concepts of embodiment, growth, and occupation: Extended bases for a transactional perspective. In M. P. Cutchin & V. A. Dickie (Eds.), Transactional perspectives on occupation (pp. 13-23). Dordrecht: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4429-5_2 Show abstract

Bailliard, A. L., Aldrich, R. M., & Dickie, V. A. (2013). Ethnography and the transactional study of occupation. In M. P. Cutchin & V. A. Dickie (Eds.), Transactional perspectives on occupation (pp. 157-168). Dordrecht: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4429-5_13 Show abstract

Journal Articles

Aldrich, R. M., & Dickie, V. A. (2013). "It's hard to plan your day when you have no money": Discouraged workers' occupational possibilities and the need to reconceptualize routine. Work, 45(1), 5-15. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-131596 Show abstract

2012

Journal Articles

Aldrich, R. M., & White, N. (2012). Reconsidering violence: A response to Twinley and Addidle (2012) and Morris (2012). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(11), 527-529. https://doi.org/10.4276/030802212X13522194760057 Show abstract

2011

Journal Articles

Aldrich, R. M., & Callanan, Y. (2011). Insights about researching discouraged workers. Journal of Occupational Science, 18(2), 153-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2011.575756 Show abstract

2010

Journal Articles

Cutchin, M. P., Marshall, V. W., & Aldrich, R. M. (2010). Moving to a continuing care retirement community: Occupations in the therapeutic landscape process. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 25(2), 117–132. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10823-010-9113-y Show abstract

2008

Journal Articles

Cutchin, M. P., Aldrich, R. M., Bailliard, A. L., & Coppola, S. (2008). Action theories for occupational science: The contributions of Dewey and Bourdieu. Journal of Occupational Science, 15(3), 157-165. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2008.9686625 Show abstract

Aldrich, R. M. (2008). From complexity theory to transactionalism: Moving occupational science forward in theorizing the complexities of behavior. Journal of Occupational Science, 15(3), 147-156. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2008.9686624 Show abstract