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

Kristine Carandang

Faculty Mentor: Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDE

Research Lab: Chronic Conditions in Young Adulthood

Year of Entry: 2013

Kristine Carandang

Education

MS in Occupational Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis

BA in Psychology
University of Virginia

Research Interests

I am extending upon lessons I learned from conducting diabetes research with Dr. Pyatak to conducting an exploratory analysis of young adults’ activity engagement while living with a rheumatic disease. My work privileges young adulthood as a unique developmental stage that is often overlooked in chronic illness research. My dissertation involves a three-phase mixed methods design, starting with quantitative surveys that ask participants about daily functioning, semi-structured interviews that explore participants’ occupational decisions outside of standardized variables, and ending with narrative interviews that allow for a richer understanding of participants’ experiences and views. With this data, I hope to develop occupational science theory around lifestyle tradeoffs, which involves the decisions that individuals make around activities that promote or deter from various health outcomes. Outside of my dissertation, I am actively concerned with promoting patients’ involvement within healthcare research planning and design. As such, I am involved with multiple patient-directed projects in my role as a researcher, healthcare professional, and patient.