University of Southern California
University of Southern California


Research activities in the LRCC lab are focused primarily on applying principles of Lifestyle Redesign® to enhance health and well-being among individuals living with chronic conditions, with a particular focus on diabetes. The Resilient, Empowered, Active Living with Diabetes (REAL Diabetes) study, completed in 2018, found that a diabetes-focused Lifestyle Redesign occupational therapy intervention was effective in improving blood glucose control (HbA1c) and diabetes-related quality of life outcomes in primarily minority, low-SES young adults. Our current research is expanding on this work to evaluate the impact of diabetes-focused Lifestyle Redesign interventions delivered in primary care settings (DHS Study) and via telehealth (REAL-T study), as well as evaluating the impact of a telemedicine/shared medical appointment clinical care model in reaching low-SES young adults with type 1 diabetes (CoYoT1 to California study).

Current Projects

Beyond CoYoT1: Expansion of Patient-Centered Virtual Care
October 2021 to September 2024

Evaluation of a Complex Behavioral Intervention for Young Adults with Diabetes: The Resilient, Empowered, Active Living-Telehealth (REAL-T) Study
February 2019 to December 2023

Function and Emotion in Everyday Life with Type 1 Diabetes (FEEL-T1D)
April 2019 to March 2024

Completed Projects

Addressing Uncontrolled Diabetes in Primary Care: A Lifestyle Redesign Approach
July 2017 to December 2018

Beating the Odds: Facilitating Lifestyle Change in Urban Latino Young Adults with Diabetes
July 2011 to June 2014

CoYoT1 to California (CTC) — Telemedicine to Engage Young Adults with Diabetes
January 2018 to December 2021

Diabetes Self-Management Lifestyle Intervention for Urban Minority Young Adults
July 2014 to April 2018

Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes Transition “Let’s Empower and Prepare” (LEAP) Program
February 2011 to December 2013

Improving Adherence in Type 1 Diabetes by Peer Mentoring: A Feasibility Study
October 2011 to October 2013