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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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Healthy Aging Research and Technology

The mission of the Healthy Aging Research & Technology (HART) Lab is to promote older adult wellness by investigating interventions—with special emphasis on application of cutting-edge technology—designed to support healthful, meaningful activity participation in later life. Under the direction of Dr. Stacey Schepens Niemiec, HART Lab research features highly interdisciplinary team science, bringing together collaborators from a diverse array of fields such as engineering, social work, gerontechnology, and business. HART Lab personnel engage in community-based participatory research, working closely with older adult stakeholders and community partners to identify means of enhancing the quality of life and well-being of older people.

Funded Projects

Ongoing Projects

  • ¡Vivir Mi Vida!: A pilot study of a lifestyle intervention to optimize health outcomes in Latino patients (Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • Addressing uncontrolled diabetes in primary care: A Lifestyle Redesign® approach. (Co-Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • Transforming sedentariness to movement and exercise in older adults. (Multiple Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • Immersive nature-based multimedia experiences to improve health in older adults with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia: A feasibility and pilot study. (Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • A comparative evaluation of mobile activity monitors during sitting, standing, and walking (Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • Occupational therapy students’ knowledge and attitudes about aging (Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • Fatigue and fatigability in older adults with osteoarthritis (Co-Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)

Previous Projects

  • Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program (National Institutes of Health) (K12 Scholar: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • Physical activity goals of older adults in a lifestyle weight management program (Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • Self-perceived health and lifestyle needs of Latino near-elderly adults (Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)
  • The effectiveness of tailoring falls prevention education for older adult learners (Principal Investigator: Stacey Schepens Niemiec)