AOTA President to Deliver White Coat Keynote →
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) President Virginia “Ginny” Stoffel PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA is the scheduled keynote speaker at the 2014 White Coat Ceremony of the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, an annual event designed to celebrate new students’ induction into the professional community of occupational therapists.
The 2014 White Coat Ceremony will be held August 29 from 5:00–6:00pm on the Broad Lawn, south of the Center for the Health Professions building on the USC Health Sciences Campus. Details are available at Upcoming Events.
Stoffel is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Technology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She earned her PhD degree in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in 2007, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1983 and her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University in 1977. Her expertise and interests centers on the strengths and needs of people with serious mental illness living in the community, the occupational nature of people with substance use disorders and evidence-based practices regarding behavioral change including issues related to substance use, misuse, abuse and dependence. She is a proponent and practitioner of the “servant leadership” model of ethical and caring leadership, is board certified in mental health and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
USC Alumna’s Surfing Program for Veterans Featured in AJOT Study →
USC alumna Carly Rogers MA ‘04, OTD ‘11 is the lead author of a new article, High-Intensity Sports for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression: Feasibility Study of Ocean Therapy With Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, published in the July/August 2014 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Rogers has been utilizing ocean therapy since her time in the master’s program at USC, and surfing has always been her personal passion. In this study, she and her team conducted a pretest–posttest investigation of a sports-oriented occupational therapy intervention using surfing in an experiential, skills-based program to support veterans with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their transition to civilian life. The study finds that for some veterans, surfing is having a healing effect that can help to alleviate both PTSD and depression symptoms.
Learn more about the surfing program by listening to the AOTA Everyday Evidence podcast.
Occupational Therapy Student Named 2014-15 Albert Schweitzer Fellow →
Master’s student Alyssa Concha MA ‘14 has been named one of 15 Los Angeles-area recipients of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. In partnership with Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Concha will be designing and implementing training resources to support Promotores de Salud [promoters of health].
Promotores address a variety of community health issues including environmental health, lead poisoning prevention, allergies and asthma, prenatal care, early childhood development and access to health services. The goal of Concha’s supplemental training is to supplement Promotores’ skills and resources to better deliver peer advocacy and education within the community.
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship supports university graduate students to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Fellows partner with a community-based organization to identify an unmet health need, design a 200-hour service project with a demonstrable impact, and move the project from conception to implementation.
Two Faculty Members Earn Year-End Nods →
Two division faculty members received year-end awards from university organizations in recognition of their dedication to serving students and the community.
Assistant clinical professor Ashley Halle (pictured second from left) received an Extraordinary Engagement Award from USC Civic Engagement in recognition of her outstanding voluntary contribution to the development, sustainment and success of the community and student-oriented Interprofessional Geriatrics Curriculum (IPGC). The IPGC is an interprofessional education program for students and community-dwelling older adult residents delivered in a local independent living facility. Interprofessional teams consist of a medical resident, a trained faculty facilitator and a team of students from various academic units across the university including the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
In 1980, the late philanthropist Grace Salvatori established the Extraordinary Community Service Award and reception to encourage and recognize a graduating senior for his or her service to the community. In the early 1990s, the Office of Civic Engagement and the Division of Student Affairs joined USC Dornsife in cosponsoring the event, adding many categories of winners including faculty members.
Assistant clinical professor Celso Delgado received a 2014 Professor of Color Recognition award from the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly and the Academic Culture Assembly of USC’s Program Board. Nominated by students, Delgado’s award recognizes his outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.
In his award nomination, Delgado was described as “a magnificent leader” who “embodies everything that [one should] strive to be and hope to give to USC.”