University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Don Gordon PhD, OTR/L

Don Gordon

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
Phone: (323) 442-8824
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Don Gordon completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied animal behavior and earned bachelor's degrees in biology and English literature. He received his master's degree in occupational therapy at USC in 1994 and earned his PhD in occupational science at USC in 2002. His doctoral work involved a close analysis of the scientific foundations of occupational therapy practice.
Dr. Gordon is currently the lead occupational therapist of the inpatient psychiatric unit at the Keck Medical Center of USC. He has been practicing in both psychiatry and physical disabilities throughout most of his career, and has instructed a wide array of classes in the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. He has also been a life advisor at the California Wellbeing Insitute, complementing his ongoing professional interests in the neuroscience of human behavior, positive psychology, and prevention and wellness.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Science
University of Southern California

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature
University California, Santa Cruz

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology
University California, Santa Cruz


Conference Proceedings

Clark, F. A., Gordon, D. M., Mandel, D., McDannel, R., McDonald, A., Meltzer, P., Scroggins, B., Spitzer, S. L., & Young, B. (1996). Occupational science. In Infusing occupation into practice: Comparison of three clinical approaches in occupational therapy (P. A. H. Crist & C. B. Royeen, Eds.). Workshop proceedings of the AOTA Education Special Interest Section, Chicago, IL (pp. 13-17, 30-34, 40-43, 51-52, 57-59, 101-11). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

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USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
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Phone: (323) 442-2850 · Toll free: (866) 385-4250
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The USC entry-level master's degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914,

Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.®



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