University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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Faculty

Camille Dieterle OTD, OTR/L

Camille Dieterle

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 138B
Phone: (323) 442-2269
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Biography

Camille Dieterle received her BA degree in English and Dance at the University of Georgia and danced professionally, taught dance, and worked in arts administration in New York and Atlanta. Dr. Dieterle received her MA and OTD degrees in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California, and specializes in the Lifestyle Redesign intervention process for wellness and prevention of chronic conditions such as overweight/obesity, cardiovascular health and behavioral health. As assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy at the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, she teaches content in the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) educational program, the Lifestyle Redesign pathway course in the master's program and the Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle course in the Occupational Science Minor undergraduate program. Additionally, Dr. Dieterle is a certified yoga instructor in both hatha and kundalini yoga.

Education

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
University of Southern California
2008

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California
2007

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English
University of Georgia
1999

Publications

Book Chapters

Dieterle, C. M. (2014). Lifestyle redesign programs. In M. E. Scaffa & S. M. Reitz (Eds.), Occupational therapy in community-based practice settings (2nd ed.). (pp. 377-389). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis Company. Link to full text

Journal Articles

Koritzky, G., Dieterle, C., Rice, C., Jordan, K., & Bechara, A. (2014). Decision-making, sensitivity to reward and attrition in weight management. Obesity, 22, 1904-1909. doi:10.1002/oby.20770. Link to full text Abstract →← Abstract 

OBJECTIVE: Attrition is a common problem in weight management. Understanding the risk factors for attrition should enhance professionals' ability to increase completion rates and improve health outcomes for more individuals. A model that draws upon neuropsychological knowledge on reward-sensitivity in obesity and overeating to predict attrition is proposed.
 
METHODS: A total of 52 participants in a weight-management program completed a complex decision-making task. Decision-making characteristics-including sensitivity to reward-were further estimated using a quantitative model. Impulsivity and risk-taking measures were also administered.
 
RESULTS: Consistent with the hypothesis that sensitivity to reward predicted attrition, program dropouts had higher sensitivity to reward than completers (P < 0.03). No differences were observed between completers and dropouts in initial BMI, age, employment status, or the number of prior weight-loss attempts (P ≥ 0.07). Completers had a slightly higher education level than dropouts, but its inclusion in the model did not increase predictive power. Impulsivity, delay of gratification, and risk taking did not predict attrition, either.
 
CONCLUSIONS: Findings link attrition in weight management to the neural mechanisms associated with reward-seeking and related influences on decision-making. Individual differences in the magnitude of response elicited by rewards may account for the relative difficulty experienced by dieters in adhering to treatment.