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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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Loree Pham OTR/L(she/her/hers)

Faculty Mentor: Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDCES, FAOTA

Research Lab: Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions (LRCC)

Year of Entry: 2020

Loree Pham

Research Interests

I am a PhD student in the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. I work in the Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions (LRCC) Lab under the guidance of Dr. Beth Pyatak. The project I work on is Function and Emotion in Everyday Life with Type 1 Diabetes (FEEL-T1D), the first large-scale study to integrate continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), ecological momentary assessment (EMA), and accelerometry to disentangle the short-term dynamic relationships between blood glucose, function, and emotional well-being in adults with type 1 diabetes.

My research interests include complementary and integrative health practices, including yoga and mindfulness. I’ve also learned the value that spirituality has in health care, with its ability to improve patient quality of life and well-being. As occupational therapy is a holistic profession, I believe it is imperative to address the mind-body-spirit connection of the clients and patients we serve. I am also particularly interested in addressing and reducing health disparities and health inequities for socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations.

Education

Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy
2020 | California State University, Dominguez Hills

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics
2015 | University of California, San Diego

Publications

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Pham, L., Sarnicola, R., Villasenor, C., & Vu, T. (2020). Spirituality in OT practice: Where is our spirituality now? American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(4, Suppl. 1), 7411505108. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO2309

Pham, L. (2020, March). Spirituality in occupational therapy practice: Where is our spirituality? Oral session presented at the Western Regional Occupational Therapy Spring Symposium, Las Vegas, NV.

Pham, L., Sarnicola, R., Villasenor, C., & Vu, T. (2019, October). Spirituality in occupational therapy practice: A phenomenological approach. Paper presented at the Occupational Therapy Association of California Conference, Pasadena, CA.