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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Rebecca Heymann OTD, OTR/L

Rebecca Heymann OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 101B
(323) 442-0233
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Rebecca Heymann is an occupational therapist with experience in interdisciplinary, family-centered, pediatric mental health care. She has a particular interest in the social determinants of health and wellness impacting young people and their families, and how to best support health-related behavior change in special populations, like families with children with developmental disabilities. Prior to attending USC for the MA and OTD programs, Dr. Heymann worked in outdoor settings. There, she developed a passion for getting people of all abilities outside, which she has done both professionally and personally-by dog sled in negative 30 degree weather, by kayak and canoe on rivers and on lakes, and by foot in canyons, mountains, and parks.

Dr. Heymann completed her Clinical Doctorate residency at the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles while also completing the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) training program. Within the Chan Division, Dr. Heymann has roles supporting curriculum development, and she teaches undergraduate students, hoping to support holistic professional identify formation in new practitioners.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2016 | University of Southern California

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2015 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
2010 | Washington University in St. Louis



Clark, F. A., Blanchard, J., Sleight, A., Cogan, A., Eallonardo, L., Florindez, L., Gleason, S., Heymann, R., Hill, V., Holden, A., Jackson, J. M., Mandel, D. R., Murphy, M., Proffitt, R., Niemiec, S. S., Vigen, C., & Zemke, R. (2015). Lifestyle redesign: The intervention tested in the USC Well Elderly Studies (2nd ed.). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. Full text Show abstractHide abstract

Reorganized, expanded, and updated, this new edition of the award-winning Lifestyle Redesign gives practical guidance in this preventative occupational therapy program for independent-living older adults. The work integrates the concept of the USC's landmark Well Elderly Studies, which determined that preventive occupational therapy greatly enhances the health and quality of life of independent-living older adults.
Twelve modules, including those on longevity, stress, home safety and navigating health care, illustrate how to incorporate the program into practice. Includes a flash drive with program handouts.