University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Kathleen Gross OTD, OTR/L

Kathleen Gross

Chief of Occupational Therapy at Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital and Instructor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
Phone: (323) 442-8833
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Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
University of Southern California

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

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology


Journal Articles

Clark, F. A., Rubayi, S., Jackson, J. M., Uhles-Tanaka, D., Scott, M., Atkins, M., Gross, K. A., & Carlson, M. E. (2001). The role of daily activities in pressure ulcer development [Guest editorial]. Advances in Skin & Wound Care, 14, 52-54. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

Pressure ulcers are a serious complication of spinal cord injury (SCI). Although pressure ulcers are often assumed to be preventable, research suggests that more than three fourths of individuals with an SCI will develop a pressure ulcer over the course of their lifetime. The total annual cost to treat these ulcers is nearly $1.5 billion.1-3 Not only can pressure ulcers be potentially life-threatening, but they can also impede the rehabilitation process and significantly disrupt the quality of life of persons with an SCI.
Because the pressure ulcer problem among persons with an SCI is so severe, it is important for clinicians to develop a full understanding of the underlying contributing factors in attempting to reduce pressure ulcer risk. Research has demonstrated that in the realm of lifestyle choices, factors such as poor fitness, inadequate nutrition, unemployment, decreased social involvement, substance abuse, and emotional stress can increase the risk for developing pressure ulcers. By focusing on generalizable quantitative relationships between variables, these researchers have demonstrated that, on average, individuals with an SCI who manifest a particular risk factor have a greater likelihood of developing a pressure ulcer.

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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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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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