Faculty / Staff Resources Student Resources
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
X/Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube

Rebecca Aldrich PhD, OTR/L (she/her/hers)

Rebecca Aldrich PhD, OTR/L

Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

CHP 101H
(323) 442-1307
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.


Selected Publications


In Chan News

In the Media