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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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Yujia Mo 莫宇佳 PhD ’26

Yujia Mo 莫宇佳 PhD ’26

Hometown: Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China
Program: PhD in Occupational Science, Class of 2026

家乡: 中国宁夏回族自治区
项目: 作业科学哲学博士, 2026级

Research Focus: Health promotion, behavioral science, cultural adaptation on Lifestyle Redesign® Program
研究方向: 健康促进,行为科学,生活方式重塑®项目的文化调试

Where did you receive your bachelor’s degree and in what major?
你在哪里获得你的本科学士学位, 主修什么专业?
I earned my bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation therapy from Sun Yat-sen University and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Peking University.

What do you like about occupational therapy?
For me, the most stunning characteristic of occupational therapy is that changes in life can eventually happen by adjusting each minute of occupation. The first time I heard of occupational therapy, I tried to understand treatments and learn skills; but gradually when I applied these to my life and others, I was drawn to its capacity of healing people. When I look back, choosing to pursue a PhD degree in occupational science was one of the most important decisions in my life. Occupations consist of our life and occupational science is everywhere. Being an occupational scientist means never taking anything for granted, which is also the way to the true meaning of life.

What is the focus of your current research?
My research interest is to investigate the potential relationship between health beliefs and behavior change, and the possibility to maintain healthy behavior as regular daily occupations. Since research has been conducted on the Lifestyle Redesign® Program, evidence has indicated the program is an efficient occupational therapy intervention. My further focus will be on the feasibility, adaptation, and application of the program in the context of China as one of the members in the China Initiative.

How do you plan to advance OS in China?
I’ll be both the gatekeeper and disseminator of occupational science. Being a gatekeeper means the profession I brought back to China should be authentic. I’ll try my best to learn, comprehend, and respect every piece of knowledge. Meanwhile, being a disseminator indicates cultural adaptation and interdisciplinary collaboration, I’ll make sure OS can be rooted in the context of China and developed with adequate boosters, which may be the support from other disciplines. As an occupational scientist, I envision occupational science as not only the foundation of occupational therapy in the clinical practice, but also the complement of social sciences, to fulfill any related fields.

What are your favorite occupation(s)?
I love reading and thinking. I often spend several hours with random books on my own and try to conclude interesting philosophies about myself and life. I like to make friends with all kinds of people and chat with them, during which embracing variety helps me to know myself better. Hiking, cycling, Chinese calligraphy, and photography are also my favorites.