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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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Valerie Angel Tapia(she/her/hers)

Faculty Mentor: Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDCES, FAOTA; Sharon Cermak EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Research Lab: Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions (LRCC) Lab

Year of Entry: 2021

Valerie Angel Tapia

My broad research interests are focused on healthcare equity, social justice, and intervention design and implementation. I aim to understand occupational needs and barriers that are critical to providing well-informed and client-centered interventions. I believe that optimized outcomes for patients will stem from a team based care approach, which requires systematic shifts that can benefit both the provider and ultimately the patient. In Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions Lab my role is to enhance Lifestyle Redesign application at LACUSC, using practice-based research to continuously evaluate and enhance the impact occupational therapists have on patients with chronic conditions in primary care.

Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
California State Polytechnic University