About Our Research
The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is internationally recognized for its academic excellence, innovation in research, sustained acquisition of extramural funding and leadership in implementing successful models of interdisciplinary research. Our faculty experts currently hold more than $16.5 million of research funding from federal agencies and have authored hundreds of peer-reviewed publications. Understanding “real people” in “real lives” requires conceptual and methodological expertise that has been — and continues to be — developed through scholarship in the fields of occupational science and occupational therapy.
At USC, we recognize the benefits of building organized critical masses of faculty with overlapping research interests related to targeted growth areas. As such, our research enterprise is organized into four core research areas to promote an interdisciplinary infrastructure that fosters proximity, collaboration, and responsiveness both within the Division, across the university and throughout local, national and global networks.
Methodologically, we are particularly strong in translational research, randomized controlled trial design and qualitative research approaches. The USC Chan Division is unusual in that our funded research programs span the continuum of modes of inquiry. We are contributing to the development of innovative solutions to methodological and analytic challenges related to studying lives in context. We remain committed to facilitating the dissemination of research findings to practitioners and the public, and to promoting approaches to scholarship that facilitate the integration of theory and practice.