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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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Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance

Research conducted in the Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance Laboratory led by Shawn C. Roll is focused on the prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on the use of musculoskeletal sonographic imaging. The laboratory explores the interactions among environmental, activity and psychosocial factors, as well as their positive and negative effects on body structures, functions and occupational performance. This research, conducted in laboratory, clinical and community-based settings, is meant to inform and enhance preventive and rehabilitative interventions.

Funded Projects

Previous Projects

  • Sonographic Tissue Morphology in Early Stage Work-Related Median Nerve Pathology (Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll)
  • Association of Nerve Movement During Functional Hand Use to Pathology Development in Dental Hygienists (Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll)
  • Integrating mindfulness-based interventions with outpatient rehabilitation in hand therapy (Principal Investigator: Mark Hardison Faculty Mentor: Shawn Roll)
  • Identifying Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury in Dental Hygiene Practice (Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll)
  • Effects of Mind-Body Interventions on Stress, Anxiety, and Pain in Hand Therapy Patients (Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll)
  • Integrating Electromyography and Sonographic Imaging for Evidence-Based Physical Therapy for Chronic Pelvic Pain (Co-Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll)
  • An Experimental Investigation into Staging CTS Utilizing Portable Ultrasound and Doppler as a Diagnostic Alternative (Sub-contract Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll)