Welcome to SSO:USA

SSO:USA Mission

The SSO:USA is a research society that strives to build the body of knowledge in occupational science to benefit humanity. The society values:

  • Collegiality;
  • Collaboration;
  • Critical discourse;
  • The development of researchers;
  • The application of knowledge within a variety of professions;
  • Shared occupational experiences;
  • Operating in ways that are open, transparent, fiscally responsible, and member and data-driven;
  • Researchers, students, and practitioners;
  • Members who are formally trained in occupational science;
  • And members who are formally trained in other disciplines and whose work integrates well with occupational science.
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Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SSO:USA is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our discipline and communities. Since our 2020 Virtual Event, "Racial Equity in Occupational Science: A Virtual Conversation for Strategy-Building," we have been discussing ideas and developing action plans to address societal injustices. Our most recent directive includes the creation of an Ad-Hoc Committee on Equity and Inclusion. To learn more about our action plans related to DEI and this Ad-Hoc Committee's tasks, please follow the link below:

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


2023 Annual Research Conference

 Conference Theme: "Envisioning the Future of Occupation Science." Abstracts related to the conference theme and occupational science will be considered.

 The Call for Papers window of abstract submission is now closed.

Conference Hub


Call for 2024 Ruth Zemke Lectureship in Occupational Science now open!

To learn more about the RZLOS and nomination process, please visit our RZLOS page.

Submit a Nomination


2023 Student Research Grant Submission Portal

The window for submitting student research grants for the 2023 award year is now open. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023.  Applicants and winner(s) will be notified later this summer. Please check back during the Annual Research Conference for an official announcement of this year's award recipient(s).

To review the grant proposal rubric, please click here

Faculty mentors and interested parties, please disseminate the flyer to any potentially interested students. 

Submit a Proposal