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Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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


Chair and Professor: Florence A. Clark, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.

Professors: Stanley Azen, Ph.D.; Florence A. Clark, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.; Gelya Frank, Ph.D.; Mary Lawlor, Sc.D., O.T.R./L.; Cheryl Mattingly, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Jeanne Jackson, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.; Loren Lipson, M.D.; Ann Neville-Jan, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.; L. Diane Parham, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.

Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Linda Fazio, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.

Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Diane Kellegrew, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.

Assistant Professors of Clinical Occupational Therapy: Nancy Bagatell, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.; Erna Blanche, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.; Don Gordon, Ph.D., O.T.R./L. Research Professor: Michael Carlson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor: Lela Llorens, Ph.D., O.T.R./L.

Instructors of Clinical Occupational Therapy: C. Fitzgerald, B.S., O.T.R./L.; Sarah Kelly, O.T.R./L.; Julie McLaughlin Gray, M.A., O.T.R./L.; Stephanie Mielke, M.A., O.T.R./L.; Deborah Pitts, M.B.A., O.T.R./L.; J. Meyer, M.A. O.T.R./L.; J. Vartanian, B.S., O.T.R./L.

Voluntary Clinical Faculty: Valerie Adams, Michal Atkins, Stefanie Bodison, Susan Bowles, Sarah Bream, Janice Ching, Gina Coleman, Bill Compton, Catherine Earhart, Cheryl Ecker, Julie Johnson Espinoza, Shan-Pin Fanchiang, Linda Florey, Claudia Ginsberg-Brown, Shelly Heerman, Mojca Herman, Janet Hifumi, Agnes Hirai, Laura Hogan-Reyes, Sue Knox, David Leary, Zoe Mailloux, Shay McAtee, Bonnie Nakasuji, Laurie Nelson, Terri Nishimura, Susan Okazaki, Michael Sugar, Ruth Sun, Lisa Test, Andrea Tyck, Sue Troutman, Jesus Vidana, Lora Woo, Lynn Yasuda, Russell Vakharia, Robin Johnson Zableckis

Emeritus Professors: Mary Reilly, Ed.D., O.T.R./L.; Elizabeth J. Yerxa, Ed.D., O.T.R./L.; Ruth Zemke, Ph.D., O.T.R.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy offers a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a minor in occupational science. The Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy is offered for students whose first degree is in another field as well as for registered occupational therapists seeking a post-professional degree. The department also offers the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy and the Ph.D. in Occupational Science.

The Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association voted in 1999 to delete all entry-level bachelor programs as of 2007. At that time, entry to occupational therapy practice will be at the graduate degree level only. Students in the bachelor’s program will need to continue their education and earn an M.A. degree in Occupational Therapy in order to practice.

Pi Theta Epsilon

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

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