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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDCES, FAOTA(she/her)

Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDCES, FAOTA

Director of the Lifestyle Redesign® Knowledge Mobilization Initiative, and Associate Professor

CHP 101D
(323) 442-2615
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Dr. Beth Pyatak is an occupational scientist, occupational therapist, and certified diabetes educator. As a Chan faculty member since 2011, she directs the Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions (LRCC) research lab, focused on two broad and interrelated themes of inquiry: first, understanding the lived experiences of individuals with chronic conditions, and second, developing and evaluating innovative lifestyle interventions that enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life of individuals with chronic conditions. She has research interests in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, supporting transition and chronic condition management for emerging adults, and addressing health inequities among socially disadvantaged and medically underserved populations.

Dr. Pyatak’s work focuses particularly on translational research in Lifestyle Redesign®, an occupational therapy intervention framework that promotes awareness of the relationship between daily activities and health, and guides individuals with chronic conditions in the process of orchestrating daily activities, habits and routines to support health and well-being. She developed Resilient, Empowered, Active Living (REAL) Diabetes, a Lifestyle Redesign intervention shown to improve blood glucose control, psychosocial well-being and overall health status in diverse populations with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Her current research interests are focused on three primary aims: evaluating innovative care delivery models for adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions; developing strategies to implement occupational therapy lifestyle interventions in primary and specialty care settings; and examining the lived experience of type 1 diabetes through innovative and emerging technologies.

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