University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Michelle Farmer OTD, OTR/L

Michelle Farmer

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
Phone: (213) 744-0801
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Michelle Farmer is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, and practices at the USC Eisner Family Medicine Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center Residency Training Site. As the facility's lead occupational therapist, Dr. Farmer trains faculty and providers on the role of occupational therapy in interprofessional care teams for patients across the lifespan. Her efforts focus on designing systematic evidence-based approaches to applying occupational therapy practice to population-based medicine. Dr. Farmer serves as core faculty on the USC Interprofessional Collaborative along with faculty from the USC School of Pharmacy and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, including the physician assistant program.
Dr. Farmer completed her master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010 at the University of Southern California. With an interest in health care system design and legislation, she completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2011. Her doctoral work focused on the implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on occupational therapy practice. While completing her OTD degree, she began working with the USC Department of Family Medicine on identifying opportunities for the integration of occupational therapy services into primary care environments.


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 Kinesiology
San Francisco State University


Journal Articles

Roberts, P., Farmer, M. E., Lamb, A. J., Muir, S., & Siebert, C. (2014). The role of occupational therapy in primary care [AOTA position paper]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68. Abstract →← Abstract 

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) asserts that occupational therapy practitioners are well prepared to contribute to interprofessional care teams addressing the primary care needs of individuals across the lifespan, particularly those with, or at risk for, one or more chronic conditions. Occupational therapy practitioners’ distinct knowledge of the significant impact that habits and routines have on individuals’ health and wellness will make their contribution to primary care distinct. The purposes of this position paper are to define primary care, describe the environment leading to reforms in the delivery of primary care, and establish occupational therapy’s role in primary care.

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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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