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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Healthy Aging Research & Technology (HART)

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. Research activities in the HART Lab have ranged from building a comprehensive physical activity-targeted smartphone application for underactive older people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to developing a culturally tailored lifestyle intervention for late-midlife Latino adults.

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