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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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Current PhD Students

Elinor “Ellie” Taylor MA, OTR >

Faculty Mentor: Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDCES, FAOTA

Research Lab: Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions

Year of Entry: 2020

Ellie Taylor

My research foci relate to the age group of young and emerging adults, mental health, social justice, and healthcare equity. Broadly, I am interested in how stigma, social and economic inequality, and resource deprivation result in differential health outcomes (e.g., depression) for young people. I am further interested in the potential for evidence-based treatment to address these disparities on individual and systemic levels. In my current lab, I am excited to be involved with the Resilient, Empowered, Active Living – Telehealth (REAL-T) Study, which aims to empower youth to manage their diabetes through developmentally appropriate client-centered interventions. Prior to becoming an OT, I was privileged to work in clinical and research capacities with young adults experiencing First Episode Psychosis (FEP).

David Turnbull >(he/him/his)

Faculty Mentor: Mary Lawlor ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Research Lab: Sensory Integration Engagement and Family Life (SIEFL)

Year of Entry: 2016

David Turnbull

My research interests are related to improving access to and quality of services for adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Specifically, I am interested in how autistic men and women use occupation to create, gain entry to, and maintain membership in communities. As a research assistant I have worked on continuing research projects seeking to understand the unique needs and challenges of families of young adults on the autism spectrum.

Buwen Yao >

Faculty Mentor: Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM

Research Lab: Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance Lab

Year of Entry: 2018

Buwen Yao

My research interest lies in the study of musculoskeletal disorders. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the pathology and treatment of upper extremities as well as the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on workers’ daily lives. As a research assistant, I am currently investigating the use of sonographic imaging to assess carpal tunnel syndrome within the dental hygiene profession. I am also conducting a meta-analysis that will identify reference values for the typical size of the median nerve in healthy subjects using musculoskeletal sonography.

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