Camille Dieterle OTD, OTR/L, DipACLM/DipIBLM — Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional
Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Foundations of Lifestyle Redesign®, and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Camille Dieterle teaches courses to graduate and undergraduate students in the areas Lifestyle Redesign®, an occupational therapy intervention for prevention and better self-management of chronic conditions; health promotion, therapeutic group treatment, community based program development, environmental sustainability and crafts and creativity.
Prior to teaching full time Dr. Dieterle previously was a clinician and Director of the USC OT Faculty Practice where she utilized Lifestyle Redesign® with clients with obesity, chronic pain, behavioral health difficulties and a variety of medical diagnoses and conditions. Dr. Dieterle is a certified diplomate of the International and American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and a certified yoga instructor.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2008 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
2007 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
1999 | University of Georgia
Dieterle, C. (2020). The case for environmentally-informed occupational therapy: Clinical and educational applications to promote personal wellness, public health and environmental sustainability. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2020.1717055 Show abstract
Research shows that personal and public health are intrinsically intertwined with ecological conditions and that actions that promote environmental sustainability are good prescriptions for health and wellness. I call this awareness and its implications for occupational therapists ‘environmentally-informed occupational therapy’ (EIOT). EIOT is an approach to occupational therapy founded in the growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates that what is good for the environment is good for human health and well-being. It looks to nature to inform interventions and helps occupational therapists support their clients, students and communities to make lifestyle choices that contribute to their personal health while protecting and ideally enhancing the environment, e.g. while reducing global warming, preserving natural resources, preventing biodiversity loss, and more. Clinical and educational examples of EIOT are described.
Dieterle, C. (2018). Diabetes. In R. DiZazzo-Miller & F. D. Pociask (Eds.), Preparing for the Occupational Therapy National Board exam: 45 days and counting (2nd ed., pp. 399-412). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. Full text
Dieterle, C. (2016). Coaching and Lifestyle Redesign: Coaching as an integral part of preventing and managing chronic conditions. In W. Pentland, J. Isaacs-Young, J. Gash, & A. Heinz (Eds.), Enabling positive change: Coaching conversations in occupational therapy (pp. 93-100). Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Publishing. Full text
Koritzky, G., Dieterle, C., Rice, C., Jordan, K., & Bechara, A. (2014). Decision-making, sensitivity to reward and attrition in weight management. Obesity, 22(8), 1904-1909. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.20770 Show abstract
Objective. Attrition is a common problem in weight management. Understanding the risk factors for attrition should enhance professionals' ability to increase completion rates and improve health outcomes for more individuals. A model that draws upon neuropsychological knowledge on reward-sensitivity in obesity and overeating to predict attrition is proposed.
Methods. A total of 52 participants in a weight-management program completed a complex decision-making task. Decision-making characteristics-including sensitivity to reward-were further estimated using a quantitative model. Impulsivity and risk-taking measures were also administered.
Results. Consistent with the hypothesis that sensitivity to reward predicted attrition, program dropouts had higher sensitivity to reward than completers (P < 0.03). No differences were observed between completers and dropouts in initial BMI, age, employment status, or the number of prior weight-loss attempts (P ≥ 0.07). Completers had a slightly higher education level than dropouts, but its inclusion in the model did not increase predictive power. Impulsivity, delay of gratification, and risk taking did not predict attrition, either.
Conclusions. Findings link attrition in weight management to the neural mechanisms associated with reward-seeking and related influences on decision-making. Individual differences in the magnitude of response elicited by rewards may account for the relative difficulty experienced by dieters in adhering to treatment.
Dieterle, C. M. (2014). Lifestyle redesign programs. In M. E. Scaffa & S. M. Reitz (Eds.), Occupational therapy in community-based practice settings (2nd ed., pp. 377-389). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis. Full text
Making the case for environmentally-informed occupational therapy >
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…
April 22, 2020
Embracing the Unknown >
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…
December 5, 2019
Reducing Their Carbon Footprint through Cycling >
What made you want to start biking to work? Dieterle: I started biking around the University of Georgia (UGA) campus where I was an undergraduate because the campus was so big I couldn't get to class on time any other way. I immediately loved it and have bike commuted ever since. Through the years…
October 2, 2019
Earth Day Q&A with Camille Dieterle >
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…
April 20, 2018
Sane in the city: 5 tips to manage the pressures of life in the urban jungle >
By Amber Dance / USC News Are noise, pollution, and too much screen time making you cranky? USC experts remind us how to stay ahead. (Photo/iStock) Los Angeles is a vibrant, diverse, dynamic city. Urban living in Los Angeles is also crowded, polluted and noisy. "It is overstimulating," said Camille…
April 13, 2018
85 Trojans representing at 2013 OTAC conference >
85 Trojan alumni and faculty will be presenting at the 2013 Conference of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, Oct. 24-27 at the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center. On the evening of Friday Oct. 25, be sure to join your USC Trojan Family at the conference's alumni cocktail mixer.…
October 22, 2013
128 Trojans Presenting at 2013 AOTA Conference >
128 USC alumni, faculty, and students are scheduled to present at the 2013 Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, April 25-28 at the San Diego Convention Center. Presentation formats include a pre-conference institute, workshops, short courses, research and professional posters…
April 23, 2013
Camille Dieterle Takes Center Stage at USC Women’s Conference >
By Kim Hasday At the 5th annual USC Women’s Conference assistant professor of clinical occupational therapy Camille Dieterle spoke onstage before hundreds of USC alumnae, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends at historic Bovard Auditorium. The March 7th conference, hosted by the USC Alumni…
March 11, 2013
USC News: USC Occupational Therapists Redesign Lifestyles >
"Most students can use a little lifestyle redesign. Whether they stress out too much or sleep too little, USC’s occupational therapists can bring the balance back to their lives..." The full article about USC's Lifestyle Redesign® intervention, which quotes Division faculty clinicians Camille…
November 19, 2012
46 Trojans Presenting at OTAC 2012 >
46 USC faculty, alumni, and students are scheduled to present lectures and/or posters during the Occupational Therapy Association of California 2012 Conference, October 4-7 in Pasadena. Click below to view the full list of USC presenters, to plan your conference accordingly, and remember to reunite…
October 1, 2012
USC Trojans Shine at 92nd AOTA Conference >
Division Associate Dean and current American Occupational Therapy Association President Florence Clark PhD (’82), OTR/L, FAOTA, presided over the 92nd annual AOTA conference, April 26-29, in Indianapolis, Ind. Conference highlights included a rousing Opening Ceremony, Clark's Presidential Address…
May 1, 2012
Trojans Presenting at OTAC Conference 2011 >
The Occupational Therapy Association of California's 35th annual Conference begins this Thursday! Click below for the full list of Trojan alumni, faculty, staff and students who will be there presenting, and remember that the USC Alumni and Student Reception is the evening of Friday, October 14. See…
October 11, 2011
Squeezing More Activities Into a Busy Day >
While many people harbor a secret hope to magically stretch their daily schedules to fit in more exercise, reading or even napping, licensed occupational therapist Camille Dieterle has ideas for making such wishes come true. To read more, go to Squeezing More Activities Into a Busy Day.
March 21, 2011
Student muralists spruce up Peace Garden near University Park Campus >
Just a few blocks northeast of the University Park Campus, a 120-year-old house, once boarded up, now shines with freshly painted murals that bring a little vibrancy to Trojans’ commute with a simple greeting that adorns the mural’s bottom-left corner: “Welcome to the Peace Garden.”
Grayson Schmidt, in USC News | November 21, 2022
Peace garden brings community greenery >
University members are working to spruce up a small plot of land near Shrine Auditorium, gathering weekly to garden and host wellness events through the University Park Peace Garden. Camille Dieterle, associate professor of clinical occupational therapy, leads the Garden Project, which is funded by the USC Chan School of Occupational Therapy ReSPONs grant.
Erin Walton, in Daily Trojan | September 29, 2022
Plant care and self care: How students are finding botanical calm amidst college chaos >
To help navigate the stresses and responsibilities, cultivating house plants can help students feel less overwhelmed. Camille Dieterle weighs in on the environment's impact upon mood and occupations.
Chloe Rose Lewis, Mia Brower, Michael Fiumefreddo, Liza Monasebian, India Otto and Samuel Reno, in USC Annenberg Media | April 26, 2022
Community explores ways to manage climate anxiety >
As the university celebrates Earth Week, students, staff and faculty look for ways to deal with climate anxiety. To facilitate productive coping in response, Dr. Camille Dieterle collaborated on a workshop titled "Finding Calm in the Storm: A Workshop on Climate Anxiety and Love for Our Planet."
Bianca Arzán-Montañez, in Daily Trojan | April 20, 2022