Fall 2005 newsletter REV2 FINAL by JonStupar

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									                                                     Occupational Science &
                                                      Occupational Therapy
                  U S C D e p a r t m en t o f O cc u p at i o n a l S c i e n c e an d O c cup a t i o n a l T h e r a py                  Volume 2, 2005


                              Department of OS/OT Is Awarded Two Multi-Year
                                   Government-Funded Research Grants

                  U        nderlining the position of
                           the USC Department of
                           Occupational Science and
                  Occupational Therapy as a leader in
                                                                     Principal Investigator with both Dr.
                                                                     Mattingly and Dr. Lanita Jacobs-
                                                                     Huey, Asst. Professor of
                                                                     Anthropology at USC, as co-PIs, the
                                                                                                                         study, termed “collective narrative
                                                                                                                         interviews.” In these meetings, one
                                                                                                                         or two representatives of a
                                                                                                                         participating family meet in a group
                  research to advance our profession                 new study continues the earlier                     with other family representatives and
                  and foster interdisciplinary                       Boundary Crossing, following the                    researchers. The collective narrative
                  innovations in health care, two new                same participants. The new research                 interviews started as venues for
                  grants have been awarded to USC                    will focus on cross-cultural                        family members to share stories
                  OS/OT professors to study the lived                healthcare encounters, with a goal of               about their child and his/her health
                  experiences of children and families               identifying, describing and situating               care. “As the family representatives
                  living with disability. In both of                 how families contribute to the                      got to know each other over time,
                  these government-funded grants, the                production of culturally responsive                 the interviews became opportunities
                  multi-year, multi-site study will be               care, and strategies families and                   to talk about updates in their lives
                  led by USC OS/OT researchers.                      practitioners employ to establish                   and tell stories about themselves and
                                                                     commonality, bridge difference and                  their children, ranging from
                           Boundary Crossing                         effectively “partner up.”                           profound experiences to exploring
                  In a recently concluded study,                                                                         the ‘everydayness’ of things,”
                  Boundary Crossing: A Longitudinal                  Through engaging in effective                       explained Dr. Lawlor. “Family
                  and Ethnographic Study, USC OS/                    partnerships with healthcare                        members are encouraged to bring in
                  OT Professors Mary Lawlor and                      providers, families actively acquire                things to share, like photos, crafts
                  Cheryl Mattingly and their                         “cultural competency” in the form of                their children made, and events in
                  colleagues examined over a 4-year                  a range of subtle, highly structured                their children’s lives like summer
                  period dimensions of the daily lives               expertise necessary for                             camp or trying out for basketball.”
                  of African American families                       understanding and navigating clinic                 The families’ healthcare providers
                  managing illness or disability                     cultures. This competence goes                      will also be interviewed in separate
                  trajectories, healthcare practices and             beyond learning about a clinical                    meetings in the new study.
                  practitioner perspectives. The                     condition, or even the complexities                               (Continued on page 10)
                  researchers followed a cohort of the               of communication across race/
                  families of African American                       ethnicity divides in the healthcare                          Inside this issue:
                  children who were then ages 0-8 and                encounter. Families attempt to                      Message from the Chair            2
                  who had ongoing OT and/or PT                       partner up with professionals around
                  needs at that time, representing a                 the question of what kind of life                   Hurricane Relief                  3
                  heterogeneity of diagnostic                        story or stories are possible for their             Lifestyle, Weight & USC OT        3
                  categories. The children and their                 child to live out, the role of the
                  families were recruited and followed               clinical story within those narrative               International Conferences         4
                  at multiple sites.                                 frames, and how a child’s potential                 Evidence-Based Practice           5
                                                                     futures intersect with an unfolding
                  The new 4-year, $2.5 million grant                 family story.                                       Raising Disability Awareness      6
                  that has been awarded by the                                                                           Healthy Pleasures Faire           7
                  NCMRR, a component of the                          In addition to traditional
                                                                                                                         Neurology and Occupation          8
                  NICHD within the NIH, is for a                     ethnographic methods such as
                  longitudinal, urban, multimethod                   participant observation, interviewing               Jan Matsutsuyu                   11
                  ethnographic study titled Boundary                 and videotaping, the new study will                 Ph.D. Program                    13
                  Crossing: Promoting Cultural                       seek to further develop a unique
                  Competence. Led by Dr. Lawlor as                   method that originated in the earlier               USC at AOTA and OTAC             16




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                Message from the Chair

                I    was extremely gratified to be honored recently as the 2005 Ruth Zemke Lecturer in Occupational Science at the 4th
                    Annual Research Conference of SSO:USA. Not only is it a pleasure to have an opportunity to address my colleagues
                    from around the nation, but it is especially satisfying to be able to continue a tradition named for our own
                Dr. Zemke, who serves as a board member and chair elect of the organization.

                This lectureship gave me the impetus to take time to reflect on the future of occupational science and its
                relationship to occupational therapy. In its 16 years of existence, occupational science has achieved
                noteworthy success. Its intellectual vitality is strong, yet, in order to thrive, the discipline must continue to
                solidify its interdisciplinary commitment, increase its number of publications, and expand its research scope
                to remain a viable member of the scientific community and a vibrant academic discipline.

                As I considered how occupational science might remain responsive to the new challenges and environments of the 21st
                century, I recognized two key concepts: one, that we need to affirm that occupational science and occupational therapy exist
                in a dynamic and symbiotic relationship, and two, that occupational science programs throughout our nation and world need to
                customize plans for survival in a rapidly changing world.

                In taking a broader view of occupational science and occupational therapy, it’s helpful to think of strategies based on the
                principles of evolutionary biology. Picture, if you will, a “life cycle” in which occupational science and occupational therapy
                are symbiotic living organisms. We might enter this cycle at the point of growing demand for highly skilled occupational
                therapists. This leads to an increased enrollment in all academic programs, from the foundational learning of the BS program,
                to the clinical entry-level of the MA degree, to the acquisition of tools for professional and administrative development of the
                OTD degree, to the specific and interdisciplinary research and innovation of the Ph.D. degree. Some of the revenues accrued
                through robust enrollment can then seed research in occupational science, and this research component then attracts funding
                from government and other grants, which in turn grows university departments and leads to the publication of peer-reviewed
                articles in prestigious journals establishing new discoveries in our field. Next in this circle, larger and better-funded
                departments can provide more OT students with a first-rate education, and more compelling evidence of the impact of
                occupational therapy and sophisticated knowledge of occupation and its role in the daily lived experiences of consumers and
                societies creates a larger scope of evidence-based practice. Top-quality practitioners equipped with evidence-based
                intervention techniques result in a higher demand for occupational therapy, and the cycle then repeats. In this symbiotic
                relationship, occupational science and occupational therapy interdependently support and sustain one another.

                I’d like to take a moment to show you how I’ve used a new strategic model I have conceptualized for my SSO:USA paper to
                maximize the vitality of our programs at USC. It is a model for developing customized plans for survival for occupational
                science programs nationwide and worldwide as well as for the discipline in general, one that addresses national and global
                priorities; university/institutional culture, mission and values; university colleagues, networks and programs; and departmental
                research and education programs.

                Among our broad-ranging activities at USC, this model has led me to realize that we must aggressively pursue
                interdisciplinary linkages and collaborative projects with our colleagues at USC and with the international occupational
                science community. We must invest in department-based NIH research proposals on topics that matter to policymakers,
                consumers and the public at large. We will view communication as central to survival of our department’s research and
                educational programs. Our department research programs will be organized into clusters to maximize teamwork, sharpen
                focus, create resource efficiencies and assemble research communities. Our faculty division of labor will ensure that tenure-
                line faculty have time to do the research that makes them competitive in the interdisciplinary scientific community, and that
                our clinical faculty have the resources to promote excellence in state-of-the-art education. We will provide our students with
                learning opportunities connected to both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. We will refuse to think of occupational
                science as decoupled from occupational therapy, and vice versa.

                These are the strategies we have created for USC. Certainly one blueprint will not be right for every department in our nation
                and overseas, but if we all develop and implement customized survival plans for our programs that are responsive to the
                opportunities and challenges present in our respective settings, I believe occupational science will thrive well into its third
                decade and beyond.


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       USC OS/OT Participates in Hurricane Relief

       J     oining the international effort to
             provide aid to the evacuees who
             survived the devastation of
       Hurricane Katrina, USC OS/OT
                                                  then “tried to think of what to do that
                                                  didn’t need money or flying there.”
                                                  Thus, the idea of a clothing drive was
                                                  born.
                                                                                              bunch of stuff from 20-year-old girls,”
                                                                                              Ms. Cassone commented.

                                                                                              The clothes and shoes were taken to a
       faculty, staff and students participated                                               shelter in Los Angeles where dozens
       in a clothing drive spearheaded by         Within a week, news about the drive         of evacuees from New Orleans are
       first-year MA student Sara Cassone.        had spread through announcements in         being housed. Thanks for showing
       The successful campaign culminated         class, listservs and word-of-mouth.         true OT spirit, Sara!
       on September 8th.                          On the day of the collection, Ms.
                                                  Cassone was delighted to see not only       For information on USC’s university-
       Ms. Cassone, a graduate of the             the generous donations from OS/OT           wide Katrina relief efforts, or to make
       University of Massachusetts-Amherst        students, but also a large response         a donation to support displaced
       who had never been to Los Angeles          from occupational therapists, physical      students and their families, visit http://
       before enrolling in USC’s MA-II            therapists and other personnel from         www.usc.edu/programs/katrina/. To
       program “because it was the best           USC University Hospital. All told, the      learn about AOTA’s resources for
       school ever,” was moved by the             drive had yielded 40 garbage bags           Gulf Coast area occupational therapy
       images of suffering experienced by         filled with baby and children’s clothes,    practitioners and others affected by
       storm survivors in the Gulf Coast          men’s and women’s clothes and much          hurricanes Katrina and Rita, click on
       region. She talked to fellow MA            needed shoes. “I was surprised that it      the link on AOTA’s home page at
       students who shared her desire to help,    ended up being everything, not just a       http://www.aota.org.


       Film, TV Workers Redesign Lifestyles with USC OT

       W            hen Katie Salles, OTD,
                    OTR/L, was completing
                    her doctoral residency at
       the USC OT Faculty Practice, it was a
                                                  On behalf of the Faculty Practice, Dr.
                                                  Salles conducts four groups at the
                                                  MPTF’s Toluca Lake Health Center,
                                                  each of which meets for one hour
                                                                                              calorie and healthy; “the trick is
                                                                                              encouraging them to choose to reach
                                                                                              for the carrot sticks instead of the
                                                                                              candy bars,” Dr. Salles explained.
       natural transition to become a clinical    weekly in a 16-week program. Using          Another challenge is creating realistic
       instructor with USC OS/OT,                 the Lifestyle Redesign™ model, Dr.          and sustainable goals that fit a
       continuing to see patients at the          Salles combines an educational              workday that stretches long beyond
       Practice. What she might not have          component with discussion and               the traditional 9-to-5.
       expected at the time was that she          development of individual goals and
       would soon be leading grips and            strategies for group members, reached       The results have been positive. Some
       teamsters through a Lifestyle              through facilitation of the therapist       clients have opted to repeat the
       Redesign™ weight loss program that         and through group interactions. Her         program, some bring friends or family
       has won the highest praise of all:         clients at MPTF range from writers to       members into the program, and others
       clients telling Dr. Salles that the        camera operators to on-set caterers.        have returned 90 days after
       intervention has changed their lives.      The program is also open to spouses         completing the intervention to verify
                                                  of plan members, so composition of          that they have sustained their weight
       The Motion Picture and Television          the groups truly encompasses people         loss. MPTF physicians commonly
       Fund (MPTF), an organization that          from all walks of life, and diverse         refer clients to the USC program, and
       meets the health and human services        ethnic and socioeconomic populations.       MPTF recently renewed its affiliation
       needs of people in the Southern                                                        with the USC OT Faculty Practice.
       California entertainment community,        As in all Lifestyle Redesign™
       was seeking a healthy and reliable         interventions, Dr. Salles states that she   “My OTD gave me the background in
       weight loss program to offer the           assesses how her clients’ occupations       program development and clinical
       members insured through its health         are health-promoting or deterring, and      application of new and innovative OT
       insurance plan. Their search for a         takes into account environmental            practices,” Dr. Salles noted of the
       sensible, evidence-based program led       barriers and supports. Some of the          MPTF program. “What we do is a
       them to the USC OT Faculty Practice,       unique factors for these show business      lifestyle change, not a diet. It’s a
       which contracted to create a program       workers include “crafts services”           bigger challenge, but with a bigger
       for MPTF.                                  tables laden with snacks, both high-        reward.”

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                   Awards and Recognition

                   C          ongratulations to the following
                              faculty and staff on their
                              outstanding achievements!
                                                                Jackie Mardirossian, MA, COTA,
                                                                ROH, received the USC July Staff
                                                                Monthly Recognition Award for her
                                                                “constant and dedicated service [that]
                                                                                                          Techniques in Children with Spina
                                                                                                          Bifida (see related story, page 1).

                                                                                                          Ruth Zemke, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA,
                   Several faculty members took part in         makes a genuine contribution to the       received an Alumni Achievement
                   programs around the world (below).           quality of life at the University.”       Award from her alma mater, the Univ.
                                                                                                          of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of
                   Florence A. Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L,             Ann Neville-Jan, Ph.D., OTR/L,            Education; was 8th Annual Mary Ann
                   FAOTA, was the 2005 Ruth Zemke               FAOTA, authored the article “The          Epstein Memorial Lecturer at Rancho
                   Lecturer in OS at the 4th Annual             Problem with Prevention: The Case of      Los Amigos National Rehabilitation
                   Research Conference of SSO:USA in            Spina Bifida,” published in the Sept./    Center, presenting “From Origins to
                   Potomac, MD; her presentation was            Oct. 2005 issue of The American           Outcomes: Occupation in Our Daily
                   “One Person’s Thoughts in Mapping            Journal of Occupational Therapy, and      Life;” and found time to attend a Sumo
                   the Future of Occupational                   is co-PI of the recently funded study,    tournament in Las Vegas featuring
                   Science” (see related story, page 2).        Effectiveness of Bowel and Bladder        some of Japan’s top wrestlers.

                   OS/OT Faculty Members Participate in International Conferences
                                by Camille Dieterle
                                                                Fu Cheng (MA ’02) and Chia-Ling           to the OT programs in the U.S.”


                   U        SC continues to garner
                            international recognition as
                            interest in our profession
                   grows worldwide. A measure of our
                                                                Christine Cheng (MA ‘02).

                                                                As Chair of the Commission on
                                                                Education for AOTA, Dr. Linda Fazio
                                                                                                          Dr. Florence Clark, Dr. Erna Blanche
                                                                                                          and Dr. L. Diane Parham presented at
                                                                                                          the 1st Latin American Congress in
                   success is the many OS/OT faculty            was an invited guest at the 10th          Sensory Integration in Santiago, Chile.
                   members presenting and participating         Anniversary Meeting of the European       In this gathering, Dr. Clark spoke on
                   in conferences around the globe.             Network of Occupational Therapy in        the relationship between sensory
                                                                Higher Education in Vienna in             integration and OS, Dr. Parham
                   Dr. Ruth Zemke was the annual                September. The conference’s theme         presented on play and the use of the
                   Visiting Scholar at the University of        was “European Citizenship Through         Sensory Integration Praxis Tests factor
                   Western Ontario in Canada. She               Education.” Representing AOTA             analysis in clinical practice, and Dr.
                   presented on “Occupation, Time and           along with Dr. Fazio was Dr. Paula        Blanche addressed the topics of early
                   Space” as the Barbara Posthuma               Kramer, Chair of the Accreditation        identification and the use of play in the
                   Sexton Lecturer. Dr. Zemke also              Council for Occupational Therapy          evaluation process. Dr. Clark also
                   presented a 3-day workshop in Taipei         Education. The conference attracted       worked with the University of Chile on
                   on occupation and well-being, co-            attendees from 16 European countries,     a possible collaboration with the
                   sponsored by Taiwan OT Association           the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Fazio noted      Masters in OS there. “It’s pleasing to
                   and the Taiwan Dept. of Mental               that her interest was to “learn more      see our USC scholars helping lead the
                   Health. Participating USC graduates          about the European effort to establish    way as occupational science and
                   included Jin-Ling Lo (Ph.D. ‘94), Yan-       competencies for OT education,            occupation therapy advance around the
                   Hua Huang (MA ’01, Ph.D. ’03) , Ho-          especially as they may be appropriate     world,” Dr. Clark observed.

                   Fieldwork Corner

                   T       he USC OT Fieldwork
                           Coordination team of Jaynee
                           Taguchi-Meyer, Jeremy Seip
                   and Robin Turner are busily
                                                                internationally.

                                                                International Level I fieldwork
                                                                development is underway for Spring
                                                                                                          Based Training Grant continues with
                                                                                                          expansion of school-based Level II
                                                                                                          fieldwork opportunities.

                   coordinating Level I and Level II            2006 in Ghana at the Mephibosheth         If you are interested in collaborating
                   fieldwork placements for the 2005-           Training Center, a school for children    with us to provide high-quality
                   2006 academic year. We highly value          with disabilities. Level I fieldwork in   fieldwork experiences for our students,
                   and thank our loyal providers of             Romania is in the planning stages for     contact Jaynee Taguchi-Meyer at (323)
                   fieldwork experiences, both locally,         Spring 2006 as well. Collaboration        442-2857 or taguchi@usc.edu to get
                   across the United States and even            with Diane Kellegrew and the School-      started!

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       Evidence-Based Practice a Key Topic in OT Practice

       T       he advent of evidence-based
               practice in all health care fields
               has brought with it increased
       benefit to consumers and greater
                                                     Dr. Kellegrew suggests asking oneself
                                                     three basic questions when reviewing
                                                     a study: (1) What are the study
                                                     findings? (2) Is this study of sufficient
                                                                                                 research. Free databases include
                                                                                                 PubMed (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
                                                                                                 entrez/) from the National Library of
                                                                                                 Medicine, the National Rehabilitation
       accountability for practitioners.             quality? (3) How can the results help       Information Center (www.naric.com),
       Knowing when and how to research              me care for my client? Having a             REHAB-DATA at the Agency for
       evidence for use in interventions not         research or evidence-based practice         Healthcare Research and Quality
       only helps professionals to provide           textbook on hand can give you               (www.ahrq.gov), the Substance Abuse
       state-of-the-art care to their clients, but   reminders about elements to look for        and Mental Health Services
       also enables them to deal more                in a study to weigh its validity,           Administration (www.samhsa.gov),
       effectively with insurance companies,         reliability and other factors.              NIMH (www.nimh.nih.gov/), and the
       which more and more rely on                                                               consumer-oriented MedlinePlus
       evidence-based practice guidelines to           If you have limited time available for    (medlineplus.gov). ScholarGoogle
       establish standards including the             research, consider looking for              (scholar.google.com) is a “beta”
       frequency and duration of services            systematic reviews. Based on a              service that is growing in content. The
       they will reimburse. Hospital and             concept developed by The Cochrane           ACP Journal Club (www.acpjc.org)
       clinic management, too, use evidence-         Collaboration (www.cochrane.org), a         allows limited free access to reviews
       based measures to determine                   systematic review collects a number of      of research. Also check your local
       procedures and document outcomes.             studies on a topic to evaluate the          library or medical library to find
       Because evidence-based practice is            efficacy of an intervention or practice.    available databases; for example, the
       relatively new, not all practitioners         Studies are screened for currency and       Los Angeles Public Library subscribes
       may be familiar with it. Further, there       quality. A systematic review answers        to ProQuest (http://proquest.umi.com/
       can be challenges in finding time and         the question, “Does this intervention       login), which accesses a number of
       appropriate resources to conduct the          work?” Limitations of systematic            scholarly databases. Occupational
       search required for highly effective          reviews can be that they do not cover       therapy databases include OTSeeker
       evidence-based practice.                      every approach, and they often omit         (www.otseeker.com), and the
                                                     qualitative studies from inclusion.         subscription services OTD-BASE
       With these factors in mind, it was not                                                    (http://www.otdbase.org) and
       surprising that AOTA’s publication             Consider research-to-practice              OTSearch, which is available through
       OT Practice devoted its July 11, 2005         models, a method that couples               the American Occupational Therapy
       cover story to evidence-based practice.       systematic reviews with consumer-           Foundation’s Wilma L. West Library
       The authority to whom they turned for         oriented materials. An example is The       (http://otsearch.aota.org/).
       the article was USC OS/OT’s Assoc.            Puckett Institute (www.puckett.org),
       Professor Diane Hammon Kellegrew,             which provides resources related to           A Journal Club can be a way to join
       who teaches evidence-based practice           early childhood issues.                     others interested in expanding their
       in the Department’s core curriculum.                                                      knowledge. An example would be a
                                                       Are there guidelines relevant to the      group of co-workers meeting over a
       “Many practitioners in the field told         subject you are researching?                lunch hour once a month to share new
       me they were very excited about the           Evidence-based practice guidelines          research information they find useful.
       article because it made the concept of        from a number of national and
       evidence-based practice more clear            international health care organizations     “In the age of information, resources
       and more accessible,” Dr. Kellegrew           can be found online at the National         go far beyond just journal articles,” Dr.
       noted. She has been invited back to           Guideline Clearinghouse                     Kellegrew emphasized. “Many other
       speak on the subject to the                   (www.guideline.gov/). Again,                high-quality resources can help
       Occupational Therapy Los Angeles              limitations exist, such as exclusion of     transform one’s practice. Familiarity
       Leadership Forum in December.                 smaller studies and qualitative             with finding and using information is
                                                     evidence in guideline development           now a critical skill for OTs.”
       Among strategies that Dr. Kellegrew           and less-detailed guidelines for OT.
       recommended in her article for                                                            For more information on evidence-
       optimal evidence-based practice:                Databases hold a wealth of articles       based practice, AOTA members may
                                                     online. Although many require a paid        see Dr. Kellegrew’s full article and
        Make a critical appraisal of                 subscription, that price might pay off      other resources online at the AOTA
       potentially interesting research studies.     in increased effectiveness of your          website (www.aota.org).

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                   Watch the Media
                   Instructor Hosts Documentary to Raise Awareness of Mental Illness

                   O         ccupational therapists who
                             work with clients seeking
                             treatment for psychosocial
                   issues often become familiar with the
                                                               To raise consciousness about mental
                                                               illness, Ms. Pitts sponsored a showing
                                                               at the Center for Occupation and
                                                               Lifestyle Redesign of the award-
                                                                                                           a meaningful and health-promoting
                                                                                                           activity. “John does represent his art
                                                                                                           as an occupation and actually uses a
                                                                                                           project to help ‘keep him alive’ and
                   daily life experiences of people with       winning autobiographical                    give him an ‘obligation’ into the
                   mental illness. While many “able-           documentary People Say I’m Crazy,           future,” Ms. Pitts explained.
                   bodied” people willingly and                by John Cadigan, an artist with
                   sympathetically accommodate people          schizophrenia. The film, shown in           Active Minds on Campus is a national
                   with physical disabilities, society often   honor of Mental Illness Awareness           mental health awareness, education
                   reacts to those with mental illness with    Week 2005, was followed by a                and advocacy organization based on
                   stigmatization, discrimination and          discussion moderated by Ms. Pitts           college campuses. Ms. Pitts hopes to
                   misperceptions. It can create an            about forming a chapter of Active           found a chapter here at USC, to
                   “invisible” disability.                     Minds on Campus at USC.                     advocate for people with mental illness
                                                                                                           and increase understanding of this
                   USC OS/OT clinical instructor               USC OS/OT graduate Vivian Yip               health condition. Her goal is to
                   Deborah B. Pitts, MBA, OTR/L,               recommended People Say I’m Crazy            include students, faculty and staff from
                   CPRP, is an expert in the area of           to Ms. Pitts, who then saw the              all USC departments, as well as OS/
                   psychosocial OT interventions. In           documentary at screenings where Mr.         OT, as members of Active Minds.
                   addition to being responsible for USC       Cadigan was available for questions
                   OS/OT’s core psychosocial courses,          afterward. Among aspects of the film        To find out more about Mr. Cadigan
                   Ms. Pitts is in her last year as chair of   that impressed Ms. Pitts was its            and his film, or to see some of his art,
                   AOTA’s Mental Health Special                portrayal of Mr. Cadigan’s challenges       visit his website at http://
                   Interest Section and chair of the expert    in living with schizophrenia, as well as    www.peoplesayimcrazy.org/.
                   panel developing the board                  showing him making beautiful block          Information about Active Minds can
                   certification in mental health for          print art. Creating the film itself was     be found at http://
                   AOTA.                                       another endeavor that he undertook as       www.activemindsoncampus.org.

                   One-Woman Show Featured in Health, Humanity & Culture Series

                   D        ramatic, aesthetic and
                            performance media often
                            provide ways to express and
                   appreciate aspects of our lives that we
                                                               group of scholars who share interests
                                                               in exploring the ways in which insights
                                                               from the humanities, biomedicine and
                                                               the social sciences might mutually
                                                                                                           discussion about a range of ways of
                                                                                                           perceiving and experiencing disability
                                                                                                           that are often left out of therapeutic
                                                                                                           and academic treatments of the topic.
                   may otherwise find difficult to             inform our understanding of health,
                   confront directly in our everyday lives.    illness, and healing in cultural context.   “The play portrays what are very
                   With this in mind, USC OS/OT                In addition to providing a forum for        intimate, private and traumatic aspects
                   Professors Cheryl Mattingly and Mary        scholars to exchange ideas in relation      of Lyena’s lived experience in an
                   Lawlor, along with USC Assoc.               to these themes, the IHHC also              artistic form that offers us a different
                   Professor of Anthropology Nancy             sponsors a number of talks and events       lens through which to address the
                   Lutkehaus, hosted a performance of          throughout the academic year.               issues that we as scholars and
                   Lyena Strelkoff’s autobiographical                                                      researchers find compelling in our own
                   one-woman show Caterpillar Soup at          Caterpillar Soup is a very upfront,         studies of health, illness, suffering and
                   the Davidson Conference Center on           personal portrayal of Ms. Strelkoff’s       disability,” Dr. Lawlor explained. “It
                   behalf of the USC Initiative for            injury, loss and steps toward recovery.     opens a space for real dialogue
                   Humanity, Health and Culture (IHHC).        By detailing in this moving fashion the     between disciplines, between
                   Dr. Mattingly is director and Dr.           transformational experiences of loss,       practitioners and between the people
                   Lawlor is co-director of the IHHC. A        struggle and hope that arose from a         who are themselves directly
                   reception and discussion followed the       spinal cord injury that Ms. Strelkoff       experiencing suffering and illness,
                   play.                                       acquired three years ago, the play has      which is precisely what the IHHC
                                                               the effect of creating a safe               ultimately hopes to foster here at
                   IHHC consists of an interdisciplinary       environment for engaging in a               USC.”

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       Well Older Adults Enjoy “Healthy Pleasures Faire”

       U         SC OS/OT’s stately Center
                 for Lifestyle Redesign was a
                 little more festive and a lot
       more colorful on July 16th, when
                                                        participants to experience
                                                        simple pleasures as a
                                                        means of affecting health
                                                        by laughing, learning and
                                                                                                                          activities at the Faire.
                                                                                                                          Other activities
                                                                                                                          included potting
                                                                                                                          plants, decorating
       participants in                                     focusing on novel or                                           visors, croquet and
       the New Well                                        remembered activities.                                         horseshoes.
       Elderly Study                                                          Part of the fun at the Healthy Pleasures Faire was Participants
       visited there to                                    The Healthy        expressing yourself in hats ranging from Victorian also partook
       enjoy the                                           Pleasures Faire        elegance to a cap that proudly proclaimed,       of the delights
                                                                                  “Senior Citizen: Gimme My Damn Discount!”
       Healthy                                             was planned and                                                         of a sensory
       Pleasures Faire,                                    executed by the four occupational             room, a laughter room and the
       a celebration of                                    therapists conducting the New Well            challenges of a game room.
       the simple First-year OT student Lisa Hickey helped Elderly Program for the
       joys of         welcome visitors to the Center, which was research study (see photo).             The Center itself was also a big hit
       playful and          “all dressed up” for the Faire        Each therapist                                        with Faire participants,
       stimulating                                                leads three                                           who received a tour and
       activities. The Faire is a key part of           groups every week, as                                           history of the house.
       the New Well Elderly Program,                    well as meeting with                                            Some of them were still
       serving to introduce older adults to the         each participant in one-                                        talking about it at their
       concept of occupations and how they              to-one sessions                                                      next weekly group
       may contribute to health and well-               monthly.               OTR/Ls in the New Well Elderly Study are meeting: “Oh, that
       being. A cornerstone of the Lifestyle                                     (l. to r.) Joan Vartanian, Karen McNulty, big house, now that
                                                                                   Aishah Muhammad and Gitu Bhavnani
       Redesign™ intervention is to create              Leather tooling                                                      was something! I
       environments and opportunities for               turned out to be one of the favorite             had such a good time.”

       USC OS/OT Is Part of Latino Young Men’s Conference
       S      everal USC OS/OT students
              and alumni took a leading role
              in the Latino Young Men’s
       Conference, recently held on the
                                                      conference by staff from U.S. Rep.
                                                      Grace Napolitano’s office.

                                                      The day focused on shared activities,
                                                                                                      to a shared relationship and
                                                                                                      emphasizing the importance of goals
                                                                                                      and the support needed to achieve
                                                                                                      them. Other breakout sessions on
       campus of Rio Hondo College in                 including mentor relationships that             careers in technology, journalism, law
       Whittier and organized by                                        show how to manage            and occupational therapy were
       Therapy Designs, a                                               challenges by thinking        facilitated by professional Latino men;
       private OT practice                                              through ways to               the occupational therapy session was
       founded by Terry Olivas-                                         respond actively and          facilitated primarily by David Escorcia
       De La O and USC OS/OT                                            positively. Second-           with assistance from USC OS/OT
       alumna Vera Arzaga                                               year USC OS/OT MA-            Ph.D. student Heather Kitching.
       Rubio. The official                                              II student Rudy
       mission of the         (l. to r.) Lora Woo BS ’83 & OTD student, Marticorena                   The young male participants
       conference was to Gloria Romero, Vera Arzaga Rubio BS ’86, facilitated a                       responded positively to the program.
       empower young         Terry De La O, David Escorcia, and Heather breakout session              Some even inquired about OT as a
                                Kitching MA ’02 & Ph.D. student, at the
       Latino men toward           Latino Young Men’s Conference (not
                                                                             with the young           potential career!
       successful and        pictured: Rudy Marticorena, MA-II student) men’s fathers and
       healthy futures.                                                      mentors,                 Therapy Designs works with youth in
       Among the many acknowledgements                addressing how to use shared activities         or recently emancipated from the
       received for Therapy Designs’                  to build confidence, increase social            foster care system to encourage a
       progressive approach to health and             skills, learn healthy coping strategies         strong sense of identity, analyze how
       wellness for the Latino population was         and foster skill building. Mr.                  they spend their time, identify
       a proclamation from Los Angeles                Marticorena also directed an art                personal goals or “dreams” and then
       Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that it             activity in which the adults and young          map out a plan of lifestyle change to
       was “Latino Young Men’s Mentoring              men placed their handprints together            achieve those goals. To learn more,
       and Family Day,” and a visit to the            on paper, signifying their commitment           go to www.therapydesigns.com.

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                   Neurology and Occupation, Today and Tomorrow:
                   A Dialogue with Dr. Nicolas Lori and Dr. Ruth Zemke
                              Moderated by Anna Nguyen
                                                              first continuing education program          but we know what was their movement
                   (Newly appointed USC OS/OT Asst.           that I went to was a neuro-based one        and how many, more or less, we have
                   Professor Nicolas Lori is a physicist      [where I studied with] Josephine            diffusing one way or the other.
                   who was previously an Asst. Professor      Moore. At that point, I began to get a      RZ: I was thinking of the work that
                   in the Department of Neurology at the      feeling for the combination of the          one of my Master’s students, Gudrun
                   University of Iowa. An expert in           hierarchy of this system and, yet, the      Arnadottir, did. She was attempting to
                   diffusion MRI, Dr. Lori plans to use       beauty of it working together. And I        correlate a functional assessment to
                   neuroimaging to study engagement in        still didn’t know enough; I don’t see       anatomical imaging of lesions from a
                   occupation. Professor Emerita Ruth         myself as a knowledgeable person in         number of patients. In our view, we
                   Zemke, long-time USC OS/OT faculty         it, but a learner! Every time I study, I    were validating the imaging measures,
                   member, is a beloved educator, widely      learn things that weren’t there before.     that what they were measuring in the
                   published, and one of the founding         So, I started with a student’s problem,     brain had something to do with what
                   researchers in occupational science.       a poor test score.                          was really happening in that
                   Dr. Lori and Dr. Zemke met at the                                                      individual’s performance of their daily
                   Center for Occupation and Lifestyle        Q: What are MRIs telling us about           occupations. I was thinking how much
                   Redesign to share their perspectives       occupation?                                 better if we were able to do these kinds
                   on occupation and neurology.)              NL: The study that I specialize in is a     of studies in the future, if functional
                                                              kind of anatomical MRI, called the          measurements truly could be done
                   Q: Dr. Lori, what attracted you to         diffusion MRI, where basically what         during some activities that are more
                   occupational science?                      you do is you analyze the movement          functional activities.
                   NL: Well, the original attraction was      properties of water and you see that
                   neuroscience. When I was in my             water tends to diffuse more in a way        Q: Do our neural pathways direct us
                   physics Ph.D. program at Washington        that is parallel to the axon; the axon is   to occupation, or do our occupations
                   University, I worked in their              what constitutes white matter, and the      help form our neural pathways?
                   Neuroimaging lab with some of the          function of the axon is to connect          RZ: I think that our nervous system is
                   best neuroscientists in the world.         different regions of the brain, like an     a history of what we have done, seen,
                   Then I moved to Paris to do my             electric wire filled with water. What       known, tasted, all the senses. I have
                   postdoc and again I was interacting        you get from diffusion MRI is               trouble when people even jokingly say,
                   strongly with the neuroscientist group,    orientations of white matter for each       “Oh, that’s how you’re hard-wired.”
                   although I would not consider myself       region of the brain, and then you have      That isn’t hard-wiring because I really
                   a neuroscientist. My interest in           orientation vectors, and those match        don’t think we have much “hard” in
                   occupational science has to do with        very well with the white matter             our wiring. From my view of things,
                   the fact that it is concerned with an      orientations in the brain. Let’s see if I   from how simple you want to go in
                   aspect of neuroscience that has not        can give an example. You have a             sensation and movement to the more
                   been as addressed as other aspects,        bunch of people in a room and you can       complex, that these things combine
                   basically, the impact that occupation      ask, “Are you standing or sitting?”         into an occupation and shape the
                   has on the mental health of a person.      One of them says, “I’m standing,” the       nervous system throughout our lives. I
                                                              other says, “I’m sitting,” and so on, so    can’t imagine it any other way.
                   Q: Dr. Zemke, what attracted you to        even if you don’t look at the room,         NL: Imaging is definitely going to try
                   neurology?                                 you can still have information about        to take a look at it to see if it’s true or
                   RZ: As an undergraduate in OT, we          how many of them are standing or            if it’s not true [what] some studies
                   got our education about neuro from         sitting. It’s a similar thing with          indicate, that indeed you can have
                   the medical school. And the doctor         diffusion MRI. We only have the             neural sprouting even at later ages.
                   who was teaching our neuro —               image resolution of a volumetric pixel,     This is just my personal opinion, but I
                   thankfully, I don’t remember his name      or voxel, which is a 3D pixel about a       doubt that early childhood is the end
                   — did a really lousy job, because in       cubic millimeter in size, but we can        for neural sprouting, because it seems
                   general, I was a good student and          still know which water molecules are        OTs learn that people do change and
                   learned things well, but I almost failed   diffusing in one direction and which        can recover. It’s my own experience
                   the test. Well, at first, after I          water molecules are diffusing in the        that people can change and recover.
                   graduated, I studied as much as I could    other direction. We don’t know              One has to remember that the basis of
                   and learned what I could. The very         exactly where in the voxels they are,       science is empirical evidence, and if

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       the person does improve, that’s the             can conveniently upgrade knowledge             Q: What questions would you like to
       evidence. If the imaging says that the          by reading the literature. Transmitting        ask each other?
       brain activity is the same, all it is           neuroscience and a little bit of physics       RZ: What are you looking forward to
       really saying is that imaging cannot            to OT students would be important so           in this relationship with the
       distinguish in this case. So I think that       they don’t feel overwhelmed by the             Department of OS/OT?
       in terms of imaging, we have not                scientific literature and then can             NL: I would like to understand better
       achieved a state where you                                      interact even more with        what is the impact of occupation, and
       can go to the person who                                        it.                            it would be interesting as an expert on
       feels improved and is                                                                          brain imaging to understand how could
       acting improved and say,                                        Q: What should every           we possibly make imaging studies that
       “You haven’t improved!”                                         physicist know about           could address occupation. What kind
       RZ: Trying to measure                                           occupation?                    of occupation can a person do well
       change is a challenge at so                                     NL: Well, I’m learning         inside an MRI machine for us to
       many levels, and I think in         Dr. Nicolas Lori and more and more about                   measure? You know, metal-working
       our health care system today          Dr. Ruth Zemke       occupational science and OT.        would probably not be a good choice
                                           share information...
       our big worry is that if                                   One of the things I have been       [both laugh], so basically, that would
       preliminary data that suggests that             happy to learn about is the tremendous         be a challenge.
       change is not likely, then it will be           importance of occupation in one’s              RZ: Now, your turn.
       used to cut off treatment that we               happiness. I think this is not specific        NL: Do you feel quantification is
       believe has an effect. I always think           to neurologists or                                           something troubling or
       that if I am going to be the patient, I         physicists, but it’s very                                    something to look forward
       have learned many things that I would           important for all people to                                  to, for example, if you
       like to try or have a therapist try with        understand how much                                          could say, “This person is
       me to see if I can improve or change,           occupation has an impact                                     feeling happy 1.75”?
       that medicine will not support today. I on their overall well-                                               RZ: I’m a traditional
       think we need many sources of                   being.                                                       quantitative researcher, so
       evidence, the basic science that                                                    ...and a laugh           it’s never bothered me to
       provides a foundation for all of this in        Q: Occupational science has                           attempt to measure something
       addition to the evidence from actual            been envisioned as an interdisciplinary        and describe it quantitatively. What I
       ongoing therapy, which may be a                 social science. Dr. Lori’s appointment         feel is, how you are getting that
       behavioral evidence. It all helps us            fits that vision. What do you think the        number to define happiness? That’s
       shape what really is effective.                 future is for interdisciplinary pursuits       one of the reasons I enjoy learning
                                                       in occupational science and OT?                about the qualitative research. It
       Q: What should every occupational               RZ: I think it’s vital to development          appears to give us a different view, and
       therapist know about neurology?                 of the field. We are a small field in          so we’ve needed to learn to present it
       RZ: It isn’t just memorizing one spot           occupational therapy and if we want to         as having its own validity, in terms of,
       in the brain that’s responsible for this;       develop a science, this “audacious”            “If I’m asking you what you think,
       this is not how humans function, and            idea, as Betty Yerxa said, there’s no          you’re telling me what you think.” It’s
       so they can try somehow to pull the             likelihood of it being what we want it         multiple forms that will really lead to
       data together and begin to think of the         to be without information and sharing          understanding.
       system as a whole that helps make us            and openness with other fields. We             NL: I think people have a sense of
       go. I feel that will allow even students        feel there’s enough linkage between us quantification. You say, “I feel a little
       who found neurology difficult to be             as people from occupational therapy            happy,” “I feel happy,” “I feel very
       willing to go back when they need that          who want to move into research work            happy,” or “I am so happy today!”
       information and gather the specifics            with other fields, that we can share           RZ: Like a Likert scale.
       again. I don’t feel that we’ve had              these ideas and grow.                          NL: Yes. The thing is, one is
       enough focus over the years in things           NL: The usefulness of knowing a lot            personal quantification, while another
       that used to be labeled “psychosocial”          about a certain field is becoming less         is through a test you run and validate.
       that now I would assume could be                important than the usefulness of               Another is quantification through
       added to courses, such as the                   knowing a nice chunk of other fields.          imaging, which is more direct physical
       behavioral links that are so strong.            That is, if you are an expert in your          quantification. The more direct
       NL: It is very useful to know enough            field and you know nothing about the           physical quantification you have, the
       so you don’t get completely lost when           other field, your capacity to enter into       more you remove the interpretational
       you read journals, and you understand           useful dialogue is pretty much zero. I         aspect, but a lot of the interesting
       what the literature is saying. A certain        think that this is how the expert              aspects of occupational science come
       amount of knowledge is assumed in               approach is going to morph into the            exactly from your interaction with
       any field; with that knowledge, an OT           collaborative approach.                        your interpretation.
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                   Alumni News
                   Mary Foto, BS ’66, a former president       Zoe Mailloux, BS ‘77, MA ‘81, was          Elderly and Lifestyle Redesign™
                   of AOTA, was recently elected to a          honored with the A. Jean Ayres Award       principles into the program,” gave
                   second term as co-chair of the              at the 85th Annual AOTA Conference         birth to daughter Madison Faye
                   American Medical Association Health         in Long Beach. Ms. Mailloux, who is        Crawford in September 2004.
                   Care Practitioners Advisory                 Director of Administration of Pediatric    Madison weighed 6 lbs., 2 oz., and
                   Committee (HCPAC) Review Board.             Therapy Network in Torrance, CA,           measured 17½ inches tall.
                   In this high-profile position, Ms. Foto     studied with Dr. Ayres for more than a
                   represents the interests of                 decade as her research assistant.          Sandra (Rodriguez) Clifton, BS ’00,
                   organizations for limited-license                                                      gave birth to daughter Samantha Marie
                   practitioners and other allied health       Births                                     Clifton in August 2004. Samantha
                   professionals on the AMA’s Relative         Suzanne Barnett Mortimer-                  weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz., and measured 19
                   Value Update Committee, which in            Crawford, BS ’99, MA ’01, who is           inches tall.
                   turn recommends the values submitted        the occupational therapist for
                   to the Centers for Medicare and             outpatient pulmonary rehab at Los          Tanawaja Bailey-Divinity, MA ’03,
                   Medicaid Services for use in the            Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks and       gave birth to daughter Eve Divinity in
                   Medicare Fee Schedule payment               reports she is “implementing Well          August 2004. Eve weighed 6 lbs., 13
                   formula.                                                                               oz., and measured 19 inches tall.

                   USC OS/OT Awarded Two New Grants (Continued from page 1)                               youngsters, who will meet in groups
                                                                                                          ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11-12. For the
                   The anticipated outcomes of this            Funded by the CDC for $1.125 million       youngest children, play or play acting
                   project include descriptions of the         over three years, Effectiveness of         might be part of the communication.
                   knowledge and strategies families use       Bowel and Bladder Techniques in
                   to shape encounters and generate            Children with Spina Bifida will            “The focus groups are a way of getting
                   desirable outcomes; how                     investigate selected bowel and bladder     at actual practices and looking at
                   practitioners, family and children          interventions on both physiologic          children’s self-esteem with regard to
                   develop and draw upon their history of      outcomes and quality-of-life measures      bowel and bladder care,” Dr. Neville-
                   shared endeavors; how families and          for children ages 4-12. The study is       Jan explained. “For example, meeting
                   practitioners challenge and attempt to      led by principal investigator Robert       with primary caregivers will help us
                   disconfirm stereotypes; and the             Jacobs, MD, MPH, head of the               find out how interventions
                   cultural resources practitioners and        Division of General Pediatrics at          recommended by physicians are
                   families draw upon.                         Children’s Hospital Los Angeles            carried out in the home. For a bowel
                                                               (CHLA); USC OS/OT Assoc.                   program, it’s recommended to sit on
                        Children with Spina Bifida             Professor Ann Neville-Jan is a co-         the toilet for an hour; is that realistic?
                   Despite a prevalence rate of 1 in every     prinicipal investigator. Included          What happens when a child goes to a
                   1,000 births in the U.S., spina bifida is   among the interdisciplinary research       birthday party? In school, a child goes
                   a condition about which the general         team are experts in epidemiology,          to the nurse’s office to use a catheter.
                   public has little awareness. Although       nursing, occupational therapy,             Not only does it take the child out of
                   urinary incontinence, constipation and      pediatrics, psychology and urology.        the typical routine, but it also raises
                   bowel incontinence are nearly                                                          questions among the other students:
                   universal, a urologic standard of care      The team will examine current bowel        ‘Where are you going? Why?’ Those
                   for children with spina bifida has not      and bladder techniques along two lines     kinds of practices set the children apart
                   been established because little data is     suggested by ICF classifications:          and can be stigmatizing.”
                   available to evaluate the efficacy and      Body Structure and Function (BSF)
                   safety of therapies that are currently      and Activity, Participation and            The ultimate purpose of the study is to
                   used, and significant variation in care     Environmental (APE). To understand         improve the health and well-being of
                   exists from region to region and            BSF factors, quantitative methods will     children with spina bifida at an early
                   practitioner to practitioner. Beyond        be used to assess physiologic and          age by identifying the most effective
                   these issues are occupational and           functional outcomes. A more unusual        intervention strategies for preventing
                   social implications; incontinence can       approach is being taken to capture data    and/or managing associated urinary
                   lead to significant limitations of          about the APE factors. Children, their     and bowel problems.
                   activity and participation in life, as      caregivers and health care providers
                   well as exposure to potentially             will all take part in focus groups. This   Congratulations to Dr. Lawlor, Dr.
                   embarrassing situations with peers.         is an innovative approach to take with     Mattingly and Dr. Neville-Jan!

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                                        Jan Matsutsuyu 1934-2005
       Janice Setsuko Matsutsuyu, a skilled       retirement years, Jan continued to       from 2000 to 2002 and as a member
       occupational therapist, a community        serve as a mentor to colleagues and      for nearly 9 years. During that time,
       leader and a long-time friend of USC       students via her scholarship work with   Jan was a Charter Donor to the Center
       OS/OT, passed away June 1st at the         CFOT. Most of all, she treasured her     for Lifestyle Redesign, a project to
       age of 71.                                 family and wide circle of friends,       which she gave her input as well as
                                                  particularly her grandnephews and        financial support. She also attended
       Jan received her BS in occupational        grandnieces who knew Jan simply as       USC homecoming events, took part in
       therapy from the University of             “Auntie Setsu.”                          Department student activities and
       Pennsylvania and her MA in                                                          advised on many important
       occupational therapy from USC. The                                                  developments in the Department’s
       majority of Jan’s career was at the                                                 steady evolution over the last decade,
       UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute                                                     including the Occupational Science
       (NPI), where she began in 1961 as the                                               Symposia and the Independent Health
       Associate Chief and assumed the                                                     Professions’ restructuring process.
       position of Chief of Rehabilitation
       Services in 1968, a post she held until                                             “Jan was held in high esteem by her
       her retirement in 1992. She was also                                                colleagues and had a well-deserved
       the Program Director of the Adult and                                               reputation for personal integrity and
       Geriatric Day Treatment Program at                                                  altruism. She generously gave of her
       NPI.                                                                                time, talents and wisdom to provide
                                                                                           guidance to our department, and
       Jan contributed significantly to her                                                participated with enthusiasm and
       profession. In addition to her work at                                              steadfast commitment. Her leadership
       NPI, she was a clinical instructor in                                               and dedication, as well as her
       occupational therapy at USC,                                                        friendship, were deeply treasured by
       published articles and book chapters,                                               me and by many others in the
       and presented scholarly materials at                                                Department of Occupational Therapy,
       OT conferences and workshops. One                                                   and, I’m certain, by the Board of
       of Jan’s many achievements was             Jan was a graduate of the USC            Councilors.
       developing the Interest Checklist, a       Occupational Therapy program, and
       tool used to assess past, present and      well-known for her publications in the   “It was a joy to know Jan Matsutsuyu,
       future interests. She also served in       field. “She will be greatly missed by    with her kind heart and keen vision,
       state and national leadership positions,   the countless number of people whose     and I will miss her.”
       including as Vice President of the         lives she touched,” Jan’s niece Vivian
       Southern California Occupational           Matsutsuyu said.                         Jan is survived by her brothers, Ichiro
       Therapy Association, Secretary of the                                               George (Emiko), Toshiro (Sachi) and
       Occupational Therapy Association of        Dr. Florence Clark shared this fond      Yuzo (Gene Yaeko) Matsutsuyu;
       California (OTAC), Chair of the Los        remembrance of Jan:                      nephews Bruce (Kerry) and Keith
       Angeles Leadership Forum,                                                           (Laurie) Matsutsuyu; nieces Vivian
       Scholarship Chair for the California       “I’ve known Jan since 1993, when we      (Rafiki McDougald) Matsutsuyu and
       Foundation for Occupational Therapy        met in the airport on our way to         Stephanie (Jim) Kato, and five
       (CFOT), member of the editorial board      Seattle, where I was to deliver my       grandnephews and grandnieces.
       of The American Journal of                 Slagle Lecture. I felt at that moment    Donations for a scholarship fund in
       Occupational Therapy, Chair of the         that we would connect deeply in the      Jan’s name may be made to The
       Council on Practice for AOTA, and          future, and my intuition was correct.    California Foundation for
       Chair of the USC Occupational              Jan supported the Department’s vision    Occupational Therapy and sent to:
       Therapy Board of Councilors.               for occupational therapy and gave us     Linda Florey, President, CFOT, 4040
                                                  much needed, greatly appreciated help.   Grandview Blvd. #43, Los Angeles,
       Beyond her professional life, Jan was a    I asked her to join the Board of         CA 90066.
       multifaceted woman with varied             Councilors when it was instituted in
       interests which included the arts,         1997, and she accepted                   Linda Florey, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
       theatre, travel and cooking. In her        wholeheartedly, serving as chairperson   also contributed to this tribute.

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       Ph.D. Program Update
       Ph.D. Candidate Brings OS Perspective to Interdisciplinary Studies

       C        apitalizing on an interest in the
                relationship between culture,
                occupation and public health,
       USC OS/OT Ph.D. student Cristine
                                                      “Even though HIV is an infectious
                                                      disease, it could also be considered a
                                                      lifestyle disease that doesn’t easily
                                                      respond to large-scale public health
                                                                                                      Botswana is a small country, about
                                                                                                      one-third of the nation’s population
                                                                                                      lives in its capital city of Gaborone. In
                                                                                                      addition, HIV transmission rates are
       Carrier, a fellow in Socially                  campaigns, much as similar                                     highest in cities, and there
       Responsive Research, has entered               campaigns in the U.S. have                                     is a great deal of urban to
       USC’s Ph.D. Certificate program in             had limited effectiveness in                                   rural transmission.
       Urban and Global Studies. Part of the          curbing the obesity and
       USC Urban Initiative, the Certificate          diabetes epidemic,” Ms.                                        Of the interdisciplinary
       in Urban and Global Studies provides           Carrier observed. While in                                          courses that are
                                                                                         “Tshidilo e e go rutang go
       doctoral students from diverse                 Botswana, she investigated itirela”: “Exercise to keep you involved in
       professional and academic disciplines          organizations that might        independent [OT]” in Setswana, Certificate studies,
       an intense intellectual interdisciplinary      potentially partner in the     the chief language of Botswana Ms. Carrier noted that
       education, research and training               fight against HIV/AIDS,                                             “part of the program
       experience focused on                                  eventually collaborating and            is learning different perspectives and
       cities in global context.                              consulting for the Botswana             learning to coordinate and complement
                                                              Network of People Living with           each other. The other students are
       Ms. Carrier’s interest in                              HIV/AIDS (BONEPWA). Ms.                 from Geography, Planning and
       public health policy grew                              Carrier also visited                    Development, Education, Social Work
       during a trip she                                         occupational therapy clinics         and American Studies, so everyone has
                                  Ms. Carrier in Botswana on
       took to Botswana in Kgale Hill, outside Gaborone in the country (see photo).                   a different lens they’re bringing to the
       sub-Saharan Africa                                                                             program. As an occupational scientist,
       to learn more about issues surrounding         The Urban and Global Studies courses            I bring my unique understanding of the
       the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS, and the          relate well to what Ms. Carrier learned         relationship between occupation, daily
       failure of current efforts to reverse this     in Botswana. The Certificate program            living and health and well-being.”
       trend. Despite public health awareness gives a framework for students looking
       campaigns, Botswana still has one of           at the challenges of living in urban            Ms. Carrier plans to complete her
       the highest HIV prevalence rates in the settings, and HIV/AIDS is one such                     Certificate in Spring 2007 and her
       world (about 37% of its population).           challenge. For example, although                USC OS/OT Ph.D. that December.

       Taiwanese Student Explores Disability Issues for Recent Immigrants

       M           ore than 10.5 million of the
                   55 million children in K-12
                   in the U.S. are members of
       families that have immigrated to this
                                                      difficulty maneuvering successfully in
                                                      this often perplexing system.

                                                      It is this topic that Yu-Ren Su, an
                                                                                                     scientists should be actively concerned
                                                                                                     with social issues such as disability
                                                                                                     studies in order to help keep society
                                                                                                     progressing forward. “I came to the
       country. The majority of these                 international student and OT                   U.S. because I was not satisfied with
       children are of Latino or Asian                practitioner from Taiwan, is exploring         the overall social attitude toward the
       heritage, and, for many, English is not        as part of his Ph.D. program in the            disability community in Taiwan,” he
       their native language. It is projected         USC OS/OT Department. Mr. Su is                explained. “I am eager to absorb
       that by 2015, as many as one of every          researching how foreign-born parents           Western experience and tailor a new
       three children in the U.S. will be living      with children with disabilities survive        program for my own country. The
       in a household headed by a person              and construct their lives in the United        USC Ph.D. program is the best place
       who is a new or recent immigrant.              States. By using primarily qualitative         for these studies.”
       Currently, minority students, including        strategies, his goal is to add to the
       newly immigrated children, are over-           understanding of the disability                Among USC OS/OT faculty members
       represented in special education               experience and the special problems            Mr. Su credits with supporting his
       programs. A common obstacle to                 experienced by recent immigrants, and          research are his mentor, Dr. Ann
       securing appropriate services for these        to help affect change in policies and          Neville-Jan, and Dr. Diane Kellegrew,
       children is the unfamiliarity immigrant        beliefs both in the U.S. and Taiwan            as well as Dr. Harlan Hahn, a USC
       parents have with locating resources in        about migration and disability issues.         Political Science Professor and
       their new country, and subsequent              Mr. Su believes that occupational              disabilities studies expert.
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                   Ms. Dunn Goes to Washington (And Lobbies for OT)
                                by Claudia Dunn                facilities, and proposed Medicaid


                   A         fter finishing fieldwork this     reform that would endanger group and
                             summer, I was able to join in     preventive therapy. It was a great
                             AOTA’s Capitol Hill Kick-         learning experience and a lot of fun.
                   Off Day. I was fortunate to pound the
                   Congressional pavement for California       I will be starting the USC OS/OT
                   with Gigi Smith, OTAC's newly               Ph.D. program in January and am now
                   appointed Government Affairs Chair.         starting to gear up. In the meantime,
                   I met with staff people in the offices of   my first act of advocacy in the role of
                   Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne              Student Liaison for the San Gabriel
                   Feinstein, and Rep. Howard Berman.          Valley chapter of OTAC was sharing
                   We focused on asking for co-                my Washington story and photos with
                   sponsorship of three pieces of              my fellow members. Perhaps other
                   legislation: the $1,500 therapy cap         students and alums will get the “fire in
                   moratorium, the 75% rule regarding          the belly” about advocating for
                   diagnosis requirements in rehab             occupational therapy as well!
                                                                                                          Claudia Dunn, USC MA ’05 and OT “lobbyist”

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       Save the Date — 18th Occupational Science Symposium in March

       T       he 18th Occupational Science Symposium, which
               will focus on the growing health care and academic
               trend toward “Interdisciplinary Collaborations,” is
       scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2006. The program, which
                                                                        seminars, and therapeutic motivation, and works with
                                                                        graduate students in studying expressive behavior and the
                                                                        development of rapport between therapists and their
                                                                        clients. Her current research focus is on persons with
       will take place from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., will be held on       Parkinson’s disease. A USC OS/OT graduate, Dr. Tickle-
       the University Park Campus at the Davidson Conference            Degnen is widely published and is the Associate Editor for
       Center.                                                          Evidence-Based Practice (see related story, page 5) of The
                                                                        American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
       The annual Wilma West Lecture, honoring an occupational
       therapist who has contributed in significant ways to our         More information on the Occupational Science
       understanding of occupation, will also be part of the day’s      Symposium will be available in January through the USC
       activities. The USC OS/OT Department is excited to               OS/OT office at (323) 442-2850, or e-mail Peter Wittrock
       announce that this year’s honoree is Linda Tickle-Degnen,        at wittrock@usc.edu.
       Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA. Dr. Tickle-Degnen is an
                                 Associate Professor at Boston
                                 University, where she teaches
                                 research methods, research



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                  USC Shows Strong Presence at AOTA, OTAC
                  O         ne of the great benefits of attending the annual
                            conferences of AOTA and
                            OTAC is the opportunity to
                  learn from and network with alumni,
                                                                                        E. McDonald, Stephanie Mielke, Linda
                                                                                        Marie Muccitelli, Bonnie J. Nakasuji,
                                                                                        Terri Chew Nishimura, Neeha Patel, Dr.
                                                                                        Heidi McHugh Pendleton, Terry Peralta,
                  faculty and current students of USC                                   Dr. Claudia Peyton, Shawn C. Phipps, Dr.
                  OS/OT. This was certainly true in                                     Loree A. Primeau, Pam Roberts, Dr. Dory
                  May, when AOTA held its 85th                                          Sabata, Renee A. Soderlund, Yu-Ren Su,
                                                                                                                                      “Song Girl”
                  Annual Conference and Expo in                                         Lora Woo, Dr. Wendy Wood and                 Florence Clark
                  Long Beach, CA. The many USC- The USC Band rocks OT! Elizabeth Wyckoff.
                  affiliated presenters and/or contributing authors at AOTA
                  included faculty members Dr. Nancy Bagatell, Dr.                      What made AOTA really fun was the raucous reception
                  Florence Clark, Deborah B. Pitts, Dr. Gelya                                             USC hosted for alums at the Hyatt
                  Frank, Dr. Jeanne Jackson, Dr. Diane                                                    Regency Hotel. No less than the USC
                  Hammon Kellegrew, Dr. Mary C. Lawlor,                                                   Trojan Marching Band cheered us on,
                  Dr. Cheryl Mattingly, Jaynee F. Taguchi-                                                accompanied by some familiar-looking
                  Meyer, Dr. Ann Neville-Jan, Dr. L. Diane                                                Song and Cheerleaders (see photos).
                  Parham, Faryl Saliman Reingold, Dr. Katie
                  Salles, Dr. Mary Kay Wolfe, Prof. Emerita                                               USC OS/OT will be in great force at the
                  Elizabeth J. Yerxa and Prof. Emerita                                                     OTAC Conference in Santa Clara, too.
                                                               (l. to r.) “Cheerful” Zoe Mailloux, Jeanne
                  Ruth Zemke; and USC alumni Dr. Eric            Jackson, Julie Bissell and Linda Florey Presenters at OTAC include faculty
                  Asaba, Michal Atkins, Rani Bechar,                                                       member Jaynee Taguchi-Meyer and
                  Michele Berro, Amber Bertram, Christy Billock, Jeanine                USC alumni Michele Berro, Sarah Field, Zoe Mailloux,
                  Blanchard, Lisa Deshaies, Lisa Dittbenner, Aaron                      Dr. Esther Marin, Judy Matsuoka-Sarina, Diane
                  Eakman, Dr. Shanpin Fanchiang, Stacy Frauwirth,                       Mayfield, Pat Nagaishi and Dr. Heidi McHugh Pendleton.
                  Kathleen Gross, Colleen Harvey, Esther Huecker, Allison
                  Joe, Heather J. Kitching, Dr. Linda Florey, Candice S.                Congratulations to all these great USC people on their
                  Huang, Dr. Susan H. Knox, Dr. Ferol Menks Ludwig,                     accomplishments! Be sure to join the Trojan contingent
                  Wendy Mack, Zoe Mailloux, Deborah Mandel, Dr. Ann                     at the next professional conference. Fight on!




                     Chair
                     Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

                     Board of Councilors
                     Julie Crites Bissell, MA, OTR/L
                     Mark E. Biehl
                     Linda Lou Florey, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
                     Mary Elizabeth Foto, OTR/L, FAOTA
                     Frances Weiss Kelley, OTR
                     Susan Knox, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA
                     Lawrene Kovalenko, MA, OTR
                     James Papai, MPH
                     James Plumtree, MA, OTR
                     Patricia V. Plumtree

                     Newsletter Editor
                     Faryl Saliman Reingold, MA, OTR/L




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