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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Funded Research

The rigorous, interdisciplinary research programs at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy — including our more than $22 million of active, federally funded projects as well as our previous projects — pursues and generates knowledge with relevant outcomes for real-world interventions that improve human health, quality of life and well-being. The division’s portfolio includes research grants, training grants and contracts. Projects currently within their active funding period are below.

Current Federally Funded Projects

Adapting and Implementing a Healthcare Toolkit to Improve Women’s Healthcare Utilization for Autistic Women >

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Ottenbacher (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)
K12 Scholar: Amber Angell
Funding Source: NIH NICHD/NINDS Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program (K12 HD055929)
Project Period: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021
Anticipated Award: $123,292

Moving Beyond the Average: Building a Comprehensive Model of Classroom Quality that Incorporates Children’s Individual Experiences >

Principal Investigator: Sandra Hong (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Co-Investigator: John Sideris
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education (R305A200308)
Project Period: August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2022
Anticipated Award: $37,648

Effects of Global Brain Health on Sensorimotor Recovery After Stroke >

Principal Investigator: Sook-Lei Liew
Co-Investigators: Arthur Toga; James Cole; Steven Cramer; Neda Jahanshad; Hosung Kim; Farshid Seperhband; Paul Thompson
Data Centers: Nerses Sanossian and Carolee Winstein (USC); Michael Borich and Steve Wolf (Emory University); Heidi Schambra (New York University); Kathryn Hayward and Vincent Thijs (University of Melbourne)
Funding Source: NIH | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (1 R01 NS115845-01)
Project Period: April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2025
Anticipated Award: $3,094,939

Function and Emotion in Everyday Life with Type 1 Diabetes (FEEL-T1D) >

Principal Investigator: Beth Pyatak
Co-Principal Investigators: Donna Spruijt-Metz; Jeffrey Gonzalez
Co-Investigators: Stefan Schneider; Jill Crandall; Anne L. Peters
Funding Source: NIH / National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) (1R01DK121298-01)
Project Period: April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2023
Anticipated Award: $3,157,103

Evaluation of a Complex Behavioral Intervention for Young Adults with Diabetes: The Resilient, Empowered, Active Living-Telehealth (REAL-T) Study >

Principal Investigator: Beth Pyatak
Funding Source: NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Project Period: February 13, 2019 – December 31, 2023
Anticipated Award: $3,550,408

The Relationship Between Brain Functioning, Behavior, and Microbiota in Autism Spectrum Disorder >

Principal Investigator: Lisa Aziz-Zadeh
Co-Principal Investigator: Emeran Mayer (UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine)
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Defense; Autism Research Program Idea Development Award
Project Period: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2021
Anticipated Award: $506,659

Coadaptation of Intelligent Office Desks and Human Users to Promote Worker Productivity, Health and Wellness >

Co-Principal Investigator: Burcin Becerik-Gerber (USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Co-Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll
Funding Source: National Science Foundation; Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
Project Period: August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2021
Anticipated Award: $218,170

Brain and Cognitive Development in the PASS Cohort: The Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Diversity Supplement >

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Sowell (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
Co-Investigator: Stefanie Bodison
Funding Source: NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Project Period: September 14, 2018 – May 31, 2021
Anticipated Award: $349,962

Environmental Impact on Stress during Challenging Healthcare Encounters >

Principal Investigator: Kenneth Ottenbacher (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)
K12 Scholar: Leah Stein Duker
Faculty Mentor: Sharon Cermak
Funding Source: NIH NICHD/NINDS Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program
Project Period: September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2022
Anticipated Award: $250,076

A Smartphone Application to Improve Physical Activity in Underactive Older Adults >

Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec
Co-Investigator: Lon Schneider, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Co-Investigator: Cheryl Vigen
Funding Source: NIH/National Institute on Aging
Project Period: September 15, 2017 – May 31, 2022
Award Amount: $468,105
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Administrative Supplement (R21 AG052838-02S1): $376,467

Cortically Coupled Computing for Augmented Reality >

Principal Investigator: David Krum
Co-Investigator: Sook-Lei Liew
Funding Source: U.S. Army Research Office (BOSS #4424)
Project Period: July 1, 2017 – May 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $160,288

Evaluation of a Novel Intervention for Infants at Risk for Neurodevelopmental Disorders >

Principal Investigators: Linda Watson and Grace Baranek If you are a student at USC, please contact Dr. Baranek; if you are a student at UNC, please contact Dr. Watson.
Funding Source: NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Project Period: August 21, 2017 – July 31, 2020
Anticipated Award: $79,172

Big Data Neuroimaging to Predict Motor Behavior After Stroke >

Principal Investigator: Sook-Lei Liew
Co-Investigator: Judy Pa, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Co-Investigator: Paul Thompson, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Funding Source: NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Project Period: April 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020
Anticipated Award: $532,764
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Administrative Supplement (3 K01 HD091283-02S1): $269,551

Interdisciplinary Leadership in ASD: Optimizing Research-Practice Partnerships for Evidence-Based Outcomes >

Principal Investigator: Grace Baranek
Funding Source: Subcontract from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (U.S. Department of Education)
Project Period: February 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $29,875

Sonographic Tissue Morphology in Early Stage Work-Related Median Nerve Pathology >

Principal Investigator: Shawn C. Roll
Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control: National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health
Project Period: September 30, 2015 – September 29, 2020
Anticipated Award: $2,324,186

Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children (SADE-2 Study) >

Principal Investigator: Sharon Cermak
Co-Investigator: Grace Baranek
Co-Investigator: John Sideris
Co-Investigators: Leah Stein Duker, Cheryl Vigen, José Polido, Marian Williams, Michael Dawson, Joel Hay
Pre-Doctoral Trainee: Dominique Como
Funding Source: NIH/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Project Period: May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2022
Anticipated Award: $3,246,693
Supplement: 3 U01 DE024978-04S2
Anticipated Award: $375,251
Diversity Supplement (3 U01 DE024978-01S1): $161,077

Current Privately Funded Projects

Neural Correlates of Sensory Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder >

Nedra Gillette Fellowship: Emily Kilroy
Faculty Mentors: Lisa Aziz-Zadeh and Sharon Cermak
Project Period: April 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Funding Source: American Occupational Therapy Association
Anticipated Award: $5,000

Transforming Research: Understanding Sensory Experiences in ASD, Stakeholders Working Together — TRUST >

Project Director: Mary Lawlor
Project Period: 2020 – 2022
Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Anticipated Award: $243,581

Health Services Utilization of Autistic Youth: Are Therapeutic Services Associated with Reduced Acute Psychiatric Care? >

Principal Investigator: Amber Angell
Mentor: Timothy Reistetter (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Project Period: October 1, 2020 — September 30, 2022
Funding Source: American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTFHSR20)
Anticipated Award: $99,998

Environmental Barriers & Facilitators for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder during Primary Care Health Encounters >

Principal Investigator: Leah Stein Duker
Project Period: September 1, 2017 – March 15, 2019
Funding Source: American Occupational Therapy Foundation — Intervention Research Grant
Anticipated Award: $49,946

CoYoT1 to California (CTC) — Telemedicine to Engage Young Adults with Diabetes >

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Raymond (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)
Co-Investigator: Elizabeth Pyatak
Project Period: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2021
Funding Source: CHLA/Donaghue Foundation (RGA011022-A)
Anticipated Award: $108,784

Current Intramurally Funded Projects

Median Nerve Mobility: Changes Across Time and Associations with Personal/Work Factors >

Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll
Funding Source: Undergraduate Research Associates Program Grant, USC Office of Undergraduate Programs
Project Period: August 2020 – May 2021
Anticipated Award: $6,000

USC SensoriMotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Training in Virtual Reality Center >

Collaborators: Sook-Lei Liew
James Finley (Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy)
Judy Pa (USC Keck School of Medicine)
Marientina Gotsis (USC School of Cinematic Arts)
Albert “Skip” Rizzo (Institute for Creative Technologies)
Glenn Fox (USC Marshall School of Business)
Funding Source: USC Collaboration Fund
Project Period: July 1, 2019 – August 31, 2021
Anticipated Award: $90,000

Modulating the Motor System with tDCS to Enhance Post-Stroke Motor Recovery >

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Lefebvre
Faculty Mentors: Sook-Lei Liew and Danny JJ Wang (Keck School of Medicine of USC)
Funding Source: The USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant
Project Period: November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $23,500

Early Behavioral Characteristics and Biobehavioral Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Novel Parent-Infant Interaction Paradigm >

Principal Investigator: Helen Lee
Faculty Mentor: Grace Baranek
Funding Source: The USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant
Project Period: November 1, 2018 – August 31, 2020
Anticipated Award: $25,000

Parent-Infant Engaged: Extension Pilot Study to Culturally Diverse Populations in Los Angeles >

Principal Investigator: Grace Baranek
Collaborator: Helen Lee
Funding Source: Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Project Period: November 1, 2018 – May 31, 2020
Anticipated Award: $3,000

USC Center for Mindfulness Science >

Principal Investigator: B. Rael Cahn
Co-Investigator: Shawn Roll
Funding Source: USC Office of Research — Research Collaboration Fund
Project Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021
Anticipated Award: $30,000

Inner Ear Anatomy and Motor Skills in Children with Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss (Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Award) >

Principal Investigator: Courtney Voelker (Keck School of Medicine of USC)
Co-Investigator: Stefanie Bodison
Funding Source: Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
Project Period: July 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019
Anticipated Award: $40,000

Association of Nerve Movement During Functional Hand Use to Pathology Development in Dental Hygienists >

Principal Investigator: Shawn Roll
Funding Source: USC Office of Undergraduate Programs – Undergraduate Research Associates Program
Project Period: August 2018 – May 2019
Anticipated Award: $6,000

Current Training Grants

Public Mental/Behavioral Health Pipeline Program >

Program Director: Deborah Pitts
Funding Source: State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Project Period: June 2018 – August 2019
Anticipated Award: $121,801

Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program >

Program Director: Laura Mosqueda (Family Medicine)
Occupational Therapy Faculty: Ashley Halle
Occupational Therapy Faculty: Samantha Valasek
Funding Source: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (5U1QHP28740-02-00)
Project Period: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2024
Anticipated Award: $205,457