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Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Health Sciences Campus
Center for the Health Professions
1540 Alcazar St., CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
(323) 442-2850
Toll Free: (866) 385-4250
FAX: (323) 442-1540
Email: otdept@hsc.usc.edu


Associate Dean and Chair: Florence A. Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L

Associate Chair: Ann Neville-Jan, Ph.D., OTR/L

Professors: Sharon Cermak, Ed.D.; Florence A. Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L; Gelya Frank, Ph.D.; Mary Lawlor, Sc.D., OTR/L; Cheryl Mattingly, Ph.D.; William Morgan, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Jeanne Jackson, Ph.D., OTR/L; Ann Neville-Jan, Ph.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professors: Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, Ph.D.; Trudy Mallinson, Ph.D., OTR/L

Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Linda Fazio, Ph.D., OTR/L

Associate Professors of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Erna Blanche, Ph.D., OTR/L; Katie Jordan, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professors of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Camille Dieterle, OTD, OTR/L; Don Gordon, Ph.D., OTR/L; Julie McLaughlin Gray, Ph.D., OTR/L; Karen McNulty, OTD, OTR/L; Michael McNulty, OTD, OTR/L; Jaynee Meyer, OTD, OTR/L; Lindsay Price, OTD, OTR/L; Samia Rafeedie, OTD, OTR/L; Chantelle Rice, OTD, OTR/L; Shelby Surfas, OTD, ORT/L

Instructors of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Mahjabeen Aftab, OTR/L; Kathleen Gross, M.A., OTR/L; Sarah Kelly, O.T./L; Heather Kitching, M.A., OTR/L; Michelle Lee, OTD, OTR/L; Stephanie Mielke, OTD, OTR/L; Whitney Pike, B.S., OTR/L; Deborah Pitts, M.B.A., OTR/L; Janice Rocker, M.S., OTR/L

Research Professor: Michael Carlson, Ph.D.

Research Adjunct Professor: Susan Lipton Garber, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: Olga Solomon, Ph.D.; Cheryl Vigen, Ph.D.

Research Adjunct Assistant Professors: Celso Delgado Jr., OTD, OTR/L; Jesus Diaz, OTD, OTR/L; Lisbeth Vega, OTD, OTR/L

Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Diane Kellegrew, Ph.D., OTR/L

Adjunct Assistant Professors of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Sarah Bream, OTD, OTR/L; Karrie Kingsley, OTD, OTR/L; Susan McNulty, OTD, OTR/L; Shannon O’Brien, OTD, OTR/L; Rachel Proffitt, OTD, OTR/L; Clarissa Saunders-Newton, M.A., OTR/L

Adjunct Instructors of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Stephanie Bodison, OTD, OTR/L; Susan Bowles, OTD, OTR/L; Cynthia Burt, M.A., OTR/L; Remy Chu, B.S., OTR/L; Catherine Crowley, OTD, OTR/L; Lisa Deshaies, M.A., OTR/L; Heidi Dombish, M.S., OTR/L; Kim Eggleston, M.A., OTR/L; Christina Law, OTD; Arlene Long, B.S., OTR/L; Anna Nguyen, OTD, OTR/L; Karen Park, M.A.; Barbara Phillips, M.A., OTR/L; Tammy Richmond, M.A., OTR/L; Pamela Roberts, M.A., OTR/L; Joan Surfus, M.A., OTR/L; Joan Vartanian, B.S., OTR/L

Emeritus Professors: Mary Reilly, Ed.D.; Elizabeth J. Yerxa, Ed.D.; Ruth Zemke, Ph.D.

Degrees Offered

The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy offers a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, a minor in Occupational Science, and a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy. The Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy is offered for students continuing their education following their undergraduate degree in occupational therapy, for those whose first degree is in another field and also for certified occupational therapists seeking a post-professional degree. The division also offers the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) and the Ph.D. in Occupational Science. The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, Maryland 20824-1220, (301) 652-2682.

Entry into occupational therapy practice is at the graduate degree level only. In order to practice, students in the bachelor’s program must earn an M.A. degree in Occupational Therapy, sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam and apply for a license (in most states including California).

Pi Theta Epsilon

Pi Theta Epsilon is a national honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. This society recognizes and encourages superior scholarship among students enrolled in entry-level graduate programs of occupational therapy across the United States.

The Alpha Eta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon at the University of Southern California selects candidates early in the spring semester of each year based on their academic standing and their potential for leadership in the profession.