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Lifestyle Redesign

Pyatak named to NIH study section >
February 1, 2021

Associations and Bodies Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Research

Associate Professor Beth Pyatak Associate Professor Elizabeth Pyatak has been invited to serve as a member of the Biobehavioral Medicine and Health Outcomes Study Section of the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Her four-year term begins July 1, 2021. Pyatak’s scholarship focuses on translational…

Making the case for environmentally-informed occupational therapy >
April 22, 2020

Chan in the Media Faculty Lifestyle Redesign

As Earth Day turns 50, Camille Dieterle looks at the future of occupational therapy's approaches to more sustainable living

By Mike McNulty Today marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was first commemorated on April 22, 1970, in a rare alignment of political will, media attention and student-led grassroots activism. What was originally envisioned as rallying for…

A “hands-on” approach to teaching >
February 13, 2020

Academics and Courses Clinical Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Students

Janice Rocker, who spends most of her time working in the hand therapy clinic at Keck Hospital of USC, brings her clinical experience to the classroom for OT 562 "Advance Practice in Hand Therapy and Physical Agent Modalities."

By Kevin Uhrik / HSC News As a student in the entry-level master’s program at USC, I am grateful for the opportunity to be taught and mentored by the clinical faculty members of the Chan Division. The clinical faculty members at USC have a longstanding history of both teaching and clinical…

Embracing the Unknown >
December 5, 2019

Academics and Courses Lifestyle Redesign Students

Student Ambassador Catherine interviews fellow OTD student Ana Sanchez about her decision to pursue the OTD and her residency at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) bringing Lifestyle Redesign® services to college students.

Photo courtesy of Ana Sanchez Why did you decide to pursue your OTD? The reason was really simple. I wanted to have the option to teach in the future, and I knew that if I didn’t do the OTD now, I wouldn’t come back to school again. How did you get into your residency? During the summer, I…

USC study shows occupational therapy helps diabetes patients make lifestyle changes that can prevent serious health complications >
November 8, 2019

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Faculty Lifestyle Redesign Research

The pilot study is the first to be completed under a novel academic-government collaboration between the SC CTSI, the UCLA CTSI, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

By Paul Karon / SC CTSI Associate Professor Beth Pyatak A USC pilot study has indicated that an occupational therapy intervention can help diabetes patients make the kind of important and long-lasting lifestyle changes that have the potential to substantially improve their health and prevent serious…

Katie Jordan joins national expert panel on opioid use disorder >
May 17, 2019

Associations and Bodies Clinical Faculty Lifestyle Redesign

Jordan is the only occupational therapist on 25-member panel reporting on opioid-related healthcare quality measures to inform federal programs.

By Mike McNulty Opioid-related overdose deaths have increased during the past decade in epidemic proportions — nearly 50,000 Americans died in 2017 due to both prescription and illicit opioid use. It’s an alarming problem with complex causes, and organizations and providers alike are scrambling…

These surprising specialists may help you kick habits and prevent disease >
November 26, 2018

Chan in the Media Clinical Community and Partners Faculty Lifestyle Redesign

Physical and occupational therapists are teaming up with physicians to provide personalize care for injury recovery, disease prevention and much more.

By Amber Dance / USC Trojan Family Magazine

Earth Day Q&A with Camille Dieterle >
April 20, 2018

Academics and Courses Faculty Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign

In recognition of Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, Camille Dieterle — an assistant clinical professor at USC Chan and passionate advocate for all things environmentally friendly and sustainable — spoke with our Student Ambassador Erika about occupational therapy, the environment and healthier lifestyles.

Photo by Porapak Apichodilok/Pexels In your own words, can you explain the intersection where environment, occupation and health meet? The state of our environment has become a human health issue, now and increasingly into the future. In addition to changes in technology and policy, many scientists…

Three ways for “wellderly” living >
March 19, 2018

Events Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign

By Jeanine Blanchard MA ’99, PhD ’10 Photo courtesy of Ellen26/Pixabay Jeanine Blanchard is a project manager at USC Chan and was a member of USC Well Elderly Studies research team. It is well known that the aging population is rapidly increasing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the…

New USC study shows occupational therapy improves health, quality of life of young adults with diabetes >
January 19, 2018

Chan in the Media Faculty Health and Wellness Lifestyle Redesign Research

NIH-funded REAL Diabetes study is first occupational therapy research trial to appear in diabetes literature

By Mike McNulty / USC News / HSC News New results from a University of Southern California-led research study demonstrate the distinct value of occupational therapy for improving the health and quality of life of young adults living with diabetes. Research participants who completed the Resilient,…

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