Rob Russow OTD, OTR/L(he/him/his)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Rob Russow received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and worked for several years as a reporter, traveling around the United States covering outdoor sporting events, before becoming an occupational therapist. During both his Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) at the University of Southern California, Dr. Russow pursued his interest in teaching and pedagogy, utilizing learner-centered teaching methods in courses he taught for his residency.
Dr. Russow has spent his professional career as an occupational therapist in community-based areas of practice with older adults, specifically with home health and Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) models, where he mentored students interested in geriatrics. He is passionate about fall prevention, home modifications, and working with persons who have various levels of cognitive impairment to help them stay safe in the community. In his free time, Dr. Russow enjoys occupations such as reading voraciously, taking care of his fruit trees, camping and kayaking, and baking for his students.
He is Co-Chair of the Student Leadership Committee for the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC).
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2015 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
2014 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
2008 | University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Dental visits can be daunting for autistic children >
By Rob Russow MA ’14/USC News Professor Sharon Cermak Do you dread going to the dentist? You may have good reasons: With its whirring drills, bright operatory lights and strong scents, the dental office experience can overwhelm even the most stoic patient. But for children with autism — many of…
April 25, 2014
Student-run podcast goes live >
Trojans Talk OT, a new student-managed podcast series hosted by current graduate students Rob Russow and Alyssa Concha, is now live on the Division website. Trojans Talk OT is designed to inform occupational therapy practitioners, students, and educators looking to continue to support their…
October 30, 2012
Children with autism dread the dentist, but USC research may help >
Sharon Cermak wants to make the experience more kid-friendly
Rob Russow, in USC News | April 25, 2014