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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Stephanie Mielke OTD, OTR/L

Stephanie Mielke OTD, OTR/L

Director of Special Projects and Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Room: CHP 133
(323) 442-2850
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Stephanie Mielke earned a BS degree in Biology from the University of Houston and an MA and OTD in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. As a clinical instructor in the USC Chan Division, Dr. Mielke assists Associate Dean Florence Clark in many of her responsibilities as associate dean and chair of the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and principal investigator on several NIH-funded grants.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2006 | University of Southern California

Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2000 | University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology
1998 | University of Houston



Journal Articles

Jackson, J. M., Carlson, M. E., Rubayi, S., Scott, M. D., Atkins, M. S., Blanche, E. I., Saunders-Newton, C. D., Mielke, S. E., Wolfe, M. K., & Clark, F. A. (2010). Qualitative study of principles pertaining to lifestyle and pressure ulcer risk in adults with spinal cord injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(7), 567-578. Show abstractHide abstract

Purpose. The aim of this article is to identify overarching principles that explain how daily lifestyle considerations affect pressure ulcer development as perceived by adults with spinal cord injury (SCI).
Method. Qualitative in-depth interviews over an 18-month period with 20 adults with spinal injury and a history of pressure ulcers were conducted using narrative and thematic analyses.
Results. Eight complexly interrelated daily lifestyle principles that explain pressure ulcer development were identified: perpetual danger; change/disruption of routine; decay of prevention behaviors; lifestyle risk ratio; individualization; simultaneous presence of prevention awareness and motivation; lifestyle trade-off; and access to needed care, services and supports.
Conclusions. Principles pertaining to the relationship between in-context lifestyle and pressure ulcer risk underscore previous quantitative findings, but also lead to new understandings of how risk unfolds in everyday life situations. Pressure ulcer prevention for community-dwelling adults with SCI can potentially be enhanced by incorporating principles, such as the decay of prevention behaviors or lifestyle trade-off, that highlight special patterns indicative of elevated risk. The identified principles can be used to theoretically drive future research or to guide innovative lifestyle-focused intervention approaches. Public policies that promote short-term preventive interventions at critical junctures throughout a person's life should be considered.