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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Research
Research

Current PhD Students

Carin Wong

Faculty Mentor: Natalie Leland PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA

Research Lab: Rehabilitation Health Services Research Lab

Year of Entry: 2014

Carin Wong

Education

MS in Gerontology
University of Southern California

BS in Human Development and Aging
University of Southern California

Research Interests

My research is focused on nursing home activity engagement.  Many nursing home residents are found to be inactive and do not engage in meaningful activities. This lack of engagement can contribute to a loss of physical function, social isolation, depression, and a lower quality of life. Conversely, residents who are engaged have a higher quality of life, less depression, and greater overall well-being. However, there is limited research on appropriate activity-based interventions for residents and how activity sessions are designed and provided. Thus, my research is on understanding current practices for activity engagement in nursing homes with a focus on how activities are currently provided for nursing home residents and how residents are engaged in activities.