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.



  1. To form a national community of scholars to engage in the dynamic exchange of ideas to support the global discipline of occupational science.
  2. To provide a forum to promote and disseminate research in occupational science to the public.
  3. To foster cutting edge theory and research of occupation through the establishment of networks, resources, collaborations, and other identified supports.
  4. To explore and expand the knowledge of occupation; the application of occupation to understanding of the human condition; and, to foster understanding the fundamental nature of occupation in health and well-being.
  5. To study the interrelationship of the discipline of occupational science and the profession of occupational therapy
  6. To address the quality of the occupational experience of participants in its events.


Position Statement on the Relationships between Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

The board of the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA approved an Official Position Statement on the Relationships Between Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at its December 2019 Board Meeting. This document was developed by the Position Statement Task Force, with feedback from many members in attendance at the 2019 Annual Conference. This position statement will help guide the strategic planning now underway with the various task forces of the Society.

Position Statement Task Force Members included: Rebecca Aldrich, Antoine Bailliard, Jeanine Blanchard, Charles Christiansen (Chair), Sheama Krishnagiri, and Doris Pierce.

You can view the statement here.