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Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


Lifestyle Redesign® for Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Rural Veterans with SCI

Project Director: Florence ClarkVA_logo
Funding Source: Intergovernmental Personnel Act — VA Long Beach Health Care System (Long Beach, California)
Project Period: 08/16/2012 – 5/31/2014
Award Number: VALBHS/IPA/2012
Total Award: $180,511
Collaborators: Erna Blanche, Michael Carlson, and Brent Liu (Viterbi School of Engineering)
Abstract: The Long Beach VA Health Care System is collaborating with the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy on a demonstration project to develop a sustainable Lifestyle Redesign® program tailored for pressure ulcer prevention in rural veterans with spinal cord injuries to be delivered via telehealth systems. USC collaborators will first conduct a needs assessment in which rural veterans, through a series of interviews, will provide input that will guide researchers in customizing the intervention to address the specific lifestyle needs and circumstances that present challenges to pressure ulcer prevention. After USC researchers develop a tailored manual, they will train and supervise VA occupational therapists in delivering the intervention and collect treatment outcome data.

MetaNet: A Multilingual Metaphor Extraction, Representation, and Validation System

Project Director: Lisa Aziz-ZadehISCI_logo
Funding Source: International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA (S. Narayanan, PI)
Project Period: 1/1/2012 – 12/31/2017
Award Number: 804USC
Total Award: $293,273
Abstract: The scope of the USC-led experiment is to conduct a fMRI study on metaphorical language processing and emotion processing to approximately 20 subjects.

Development of Teaching Material in Support of SIPT

Project Director: Florence ClarkWPS_logo
Funding Source: Western Psychological Services
Project Period: 06/01/98 – 6/30/14
Awarded to Date: $1,157,396
Abstract: Under this contract, the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy provides updates to the teaching materials used in Western Psychological Services’ continuing education program and provides administrative services as related to the program.

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