Stories by Mike McNulty:
Occupational therapy can improve health of young adults with diabetes, USC study shows
Research participants who completed the program improve their quality of life and good health habits
New smartphone app developed at USC aims to support fitness among older adults
Designed to boost physical activity, the app is seen as a key step to advancing mobile health technology.
Which team approach works best for Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes?
New study at USC will compare two ways of caring for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Occupational therapy shown to improve lives of people in chronic pain
New study finds that treatment helps increase everyday function and confidence for patients with lumbar back pain and myalgia.
How to ease anxiety for adults with autism during a doctor’s visit
Newly funded study aims to improve challenging primary health care encounters.
USC, Peking University to team on one of China’s first graduate programs in occupational therapy
The partnership has the potential to transform the quality of life for millions of people, USC provost says.
Is there a kinder, gentler way to get chemo?
How changes in the environment might improve experiences during outpatient infusions.
In the battle of the bulge, researchers discover the benefits of friends and family
How social and family relationships can improve an adolescent’s obesity-related behaviors.
Neuroimaging helps reveal brain-body links in autism research
Researcher uses state-of-the-art techniques to assess the brain’s ability to turn sensory information into a motor response.
Who knew medical records had a ‘social life’?
Two USC researchers show how paper records impact interactions with health care practitioners.
Three occupational therapy students reflect on their paths to the profession
Coming from different backgrounds, the students look forward to their white coat ceremony.
Alum attempts daunting course for a good cause on TV’s American Ninja Warrior
Occupational therapist musters her strength and agility to take on tire swings and a 14-foot wall on NBC series.
National Safety Month calls for an ounce of prevention
USC gerontologist recommends easy fixes that can increase in-home safety.
Can researchers enhance the dental experience for children with autism?
Record-setting grant will help USC division study sensory stimuli that lessen a child’s anxiety during oral care.
In memoriam: Ann Neville-Jan, 64
The longtime faculty member was an outstanding scholar, mentor and educator, USC associate dean says.
Wandering poses perilous situations for children with autism
USC researchers aim to help concerned families grappling with ‘elopement.’
Scholars of sensory integration research convene at USC
National experts on the sensory issues tied to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders exchanged their respective research at the 24th USC Occupational Science Symposium.
Occupational therapists receive two USC awards
Phuong Nguyen, assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy, received the Keck Medical Center of USC’s Care Partner of the Year award at the 2013 Nurses Week Awards Ceremony.
Classmates rally around USC student
With one touch last summer, what was just another day in the life of a Trojan graduate student suddenly became something much more.
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy kicks off $6 million initiative
The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy officially announced its entry into The Campaign for the University of Southern California.
USC’s therapy disciplines meet to discuss research
The recent USC Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Forum brought together students and faculty from USC’s top-ranked therapy professions for an evening of interdisciplinary learning and collaborative problem-solving.
USC Occupational Therapy celebrates 70 years of service
A crowd of more than 100 Trojans gathered at the Pasadena Hilton in October to commemorate the 1942 installation of occupational therapy at USC.
Trojan gets firsthand look at nation’s defense systems
Civilian leaders traveled across the country to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference organized by the U.S. Department of Defense.
USC-led study analyzes fall rates among short-stay nursing home patients
One in five short-stay nursing home patients sustains a fall after their admission, and certified nursing assistant (CNA) staffing is associated with decreased fall risk, according to a study led by USC researcher Natalie Leland. The study recently was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.