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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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Sandy C. Takata OTD, OTR/L

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

Research Lab: Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance Lab

Year of Entry: 2016

Sandy Takata

As a career scientist, I aspire to conduct translational research that informs interventions and strengthens the evidence-base for hand therapy practice. I am interested in exploring novel assessment and intervention methods that promote holistic treatment, as well as facilitate patient adherence and engagement in their own recovery to maximize occupational performance in daily life. My current work involves examining these concepts from both theoretical and applied perspectives. I am conducting a literature review on the concepts of adherence, as well as evaluating a set of qualitative data regarding the experience of patients who received mind-body interventions as part of their hand therapy. In addition to this work, I am actively involved in exploring the use of sonographic imaging as a technique for understanding musculoskeletal pathologies in the upper extremities. Specifically, I am supporting research in the lab that uses imaging to evaluate the impact of occupational performance on changes in the median nerve. As part of this study, we are also conducting a meta-analysis that will identify reference values for the typical size of the median nerve in healthy subjects using musculoskeletal sonography. As I move forward into my own independent work, I hope to apply these concepts (i.e., adherence/engagement, musculoskeletal sonography, occupational performance) in evaluating hand therapy assessment and rehabilitation techniques. My current focus is using these concepts to enhance patient recovery and return to meaningful occupations following tendon injury and repair.


Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2016 | University of Southern California

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2015 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
2011 | University of California, Irvine


Journal Articles

Yao, B., Takata, S. C., Mack, W. J., & Roll, S. C. (2021). Modeling extracurricular activity participation with physical and mental health in college students over time. Journal of American College Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2021.1926263 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., Hardison, M. E., & Roll, S. C. (2020). Fostering holistic hand therapy: Emergent themes of client experiences of mind–body interventions. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 40(2), 122-130. https://doi.org/10.1177/1539449219888835 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., Wade, E. T., & Roll, S. C. (2019). Hand therapy interventions, outcomes, and diagnoses evaluated over the last 10 years: A mapping review linking research to practice. Journal of Hand Therapy, 32(1), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.05.018 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., Kysh, L., Mack, W. J., & Roll, S. C. (2019). Sonographic reference values of median nerve cross-sectional area: A protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 8(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0929-9 Show abstract

Takata, S. C., & Roll, S. C. (2019). Identification of aberrant muscle bellies in the carpal tunnel using sonography. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, 35(1), 62–68. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756479318807469 Show abstract

Hiller, L. T., Takata, S., & Thompson, B. L. (2015). Conditioned place preference successfully established in typically developing children. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9, 187. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00187 Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Yao, B., Takata, S., & Roll, S. C. (2021). Relationship between extracurricular occupations and health in college students: A longitudinal study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(Supplement_2), 7512505178. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.75S2-RP178 Show abstract

Takata, S., & Roll, S. C. (2018). Patient experiences of participating in mind–body interventions in an outpatient rehabilitation setting [Presentation at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4, Suppl. 1), 7211515237p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-RP203C Show abstract

Takata, S., Roll, S., & Wade, E. (2018). Linking research to practice for upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders: Interventions, outcomes, and diagnoses examined over 10 years [Presentation at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(4, Suppl. 1), 7211505144p1. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-RP302D Show abstract