University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Chantelle Rice OTD, OTR/L, CDE

Chantelle Rice

Director of the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CSC 133
Phone: (323) 442-3340
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Chantelle Rice is the director of the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, the USC Chan Division's private clinic where occupational therapists deliver lifestyle-based interventions to patients with a variety of medical diagnoses and conditions. A Certified Diabetes Educator®, she works predominantly with Lifestyle Redesign® Weight Management and Diabetes Management clients while also managing the practice's administrative operations.
Dr. Rice received her bachelor's and master's degrees in occupational therapy from USC in 2008, and earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from USC in 2009.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
University of Southern California

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

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California


Journal Articles

Koritzky, G., Dieterle, C., Rice, C., Jordan, K., & Bechara, A. (2014, August). Decision-making, sensitivity to reward and attrition in weight management. Obesity, 22(8), 1904-1909. doi:10.1002/oby.20770 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.