Stories by Mike McNulty:
USC Chan commits $2.5 million to post-pandemic response
The university’s occupational science and occupational therapy division plans projects aimed at the coronavirus, economic and racial pandemics, the combined effects of which are sure to be felt for years.
Giving people with autism a voice in future research
A USC-coordinated project will build formal alliances that accentuate the perspectives of autistic people, their family members and caregivers, service providers and researchers.
Children with autism have less activity in brain region that processes movement
A team of USC and UCLA researchers is the first to pinpoint reduced frontal lobe activity, helping explain some social characteristics unique to autism.
USC Mrs. T.H. Chan tops U.S. News’ ranking of occupational therapy programs
According to U.S. News & World Report, the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is once again home to the top occupational therapy educational program.
At Pasadena theater, the ghost of Christmas, relaxed
A USC Chan professor helped a theater troupe prepare a special, inclusive experience for patrons of all ages and abilities. Dim the lights? Nope.
USC, Peking University begin training a new generation of Chinese occupational therapists
The collaboration aims to expand occupational therapy research, education and practice in China.
Is there a link between gut bacteria and autism? A first-of-its-kind study investigates
Backed by a Department of Defense grant, USC and UCLA researchers will explore gastrointestinal bacteria’s potential role in children with autism spectrum disorder.
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.