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.