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Beth Pyatak, PhD, OTR/L

Title(s)Associate Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Phone+1 323 442 2615
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    Beth Pyatak has primary research interests in the intersection of chronic care management, occupational engagement, and health and well-being among individuals with chronic illness and/or disability. In July 2011, she was awarded a Mentored Career Development Award through the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) to develop a lifestyle intervention aimed at improving health and quality of life outcomes among young adults with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes (NIH/NCRR #KL2RR031991). In addition, she is collaborating with faculty at the Keck School of Medicine of USC to implement a transition program aimed at improving health and psychosocial outcomes, and increase medical follow-up, among young adults with type 1 diabetes transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare settings (Helmsley Foundation 2010PG-T1D011; PI: A. Peters). Prior to her faculty appointment, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate on the Lifestyle Redesign® for Pressure Ulcer Prevention in SCI (LR-PUPS) study (NIH/NCMRR #1 R01 HD056267-01; PI F. Clark).

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    Function and Emotion in Everyday Life with Type 1 Diabetes: FEEL-T1D
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK121298Apr 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Evaluation of a Complex Behavioral Intervention for Young Adults with Diabetes: The Resilient, Empowered, Active Living-Telehealth (REAL-T) Study
    NIH/NIDDK R01DK116719Feb 13, 2019 - Dec 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    CoYoT1 to California (CTC) — Telemedicine to Engage Young Adults with Diabetes
    Donaghue Foundation RGA011022-AJan 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2020
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Addressing Uncontrolled Diabetes in Primary Care: A Lifestyle Redesign Approach
    Keck School of Medicine of USC / Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) UL1TR001855Jul 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018
    Diabetes Self-Management Lifestyle Intervention for Urban Minority Young Adults
    NIH/NIDDK K01DK099202Jul 15, 2014 - Apr 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Beating the Odds: Facilitating Lifestyle Change in Urban Latino Young Adults with Diabetes
    NIH / National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) / Keck School of Medicine / Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute 1 KL2 RR031991-01Jul 1, 2011 - Jun 30, 2014

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    1. Floríndez LI, Carlson ME, Pyatak E, Blanchard J, Cogan AM, Sleight AG, Hill V, Diaz J, Blanche E, Garber SL, Clark FA. A qualitative analysis of pressure injury development among medically underserved adults with spinal cord injury. Disabil Rehabil. 2019 Jan 08; 1-7. PMID: 30621460.
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    2. Haywood C, Martinez G, Pyatak EA, Carandang K. Engaging Patient Stakeholders in Planning, Implementing, and Disseminating Occupational Therapy Research. Am J Occup Ther. 2019 Jan/Feb; 73(1):7301090010p1-7301090010p9. PMID: 30839255.
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    3. Sleight AG, Cogan AM, Hill VA, Pyatak EA, Díaz J, Floríndez LI, Blanchard J, Vigen C, Garber SL, Clark FA. Factors Protecting Against Pressure Injuries in Medically Underserved Adults With Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Study. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2019; 25(1):31-40. PMID: 30774288.
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    4. Vigen CLP, Carandang K, Blanchard J, Sequeira PA, Wood JR, Spruijt-Metz D, Whittemore R, Peters AL, Pyatak EA. Psychosocial and Behavioral Correlates of A1C and Quality of Life Among Young Adults With Diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2018 12; 44(6):489-500. PMID: 30295170.
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    5. Gupta OT, Wiebe DJ, Pyatak EA, Beck AM. Improving medication adherence in the pediatric population using integrated care of companion animals. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 10; 101(10):1876-1878. PMID: 29807672.
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    6. Weigensberg MJ, Vigen C, Sequeira P, Spruijt-Metz D, Juarez M, Florindez D, Provisor J, Peters A, Pyatak EA. Diabetes Empowerment Council: Integrative Pilot Intervention for Transitioning Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes. Glob Adv Health Med. 2018; 7:2164956118761808. PMID: 29552422.
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    7. Carandang KM, Pyatak EA. Feasibility of a Manualized Occupation-Based Diabetes Management Intervention. Am J Occup Ther. 2018 Mar/Apr; 72(2):7202345040p1-7202345040p6. PMID: 29426394.
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    8. Pyatak EA, Carandang K, Vigen CLP, Blanchard J, Diaz J, Concha-Chavez A, Sequeira PA, Wood JR, Whittemore R, Spruijt-Metz D, Peters AL. Occupational Therapy Intervention Improves Glycemic Control and Quality of Life Among Young Adults With Diabetes: the Resilient, Empowered, Active Living with Diabetes (REAL Diabetes) Randomized Controlled Trial. Diabetes Care. 2018 04; 41(4):696-704. PMID: 29351961.
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    9. Carlson M, Vigen CLP, Rubayi S, Blanche EI, Blanchard J, Atkins M, Bates-Jensen B, Garber SL, Pyatak EA, Diaz J, Florindez LI, Hay JW, Mallinson T, Unger JB, Azen SP, Scott M, Cogan A, Clark F. Lifestyle intervention for adults with spinal cord injury: Results of the USC-RLANRC Pressure Ulcer Prevention Study. J Spinal Cord Med. 2019 Jan; 42(1):2-19. PMID: 28414254.
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    10. Pyatak EA, Carandang K, Vigen C, Blanchard J, Sequeira PA, Wood JR, Spruijt-Metz D, Whittemore R, Peters AL. Resilient, Empowered, Active Living with Diabetes (REAL Diabetes) study: Methodology and baseline characteristics of a randomized controlled trial evaluating an occupation-based diabetes management intervention for young adults. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 03; 54:8-17. PMID: 28064028.
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    11. Pyatak EA, Sequeira PA, Vigen CL, Weigensberg MJ, Wood JR, Montoya L, Ruelas V, Peters AL. Clinical and Psychosocial Outcomes of a Structured Transition Program Among Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Feb; 60(2):212-218. PMID: 27889401.
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    12. Carandang K, Pyatak EA, Vigen CL. Systematic Review of Educational Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 Nov/Dec; 70(6):7006290020p1-7006290020p12. PMID: 27767950.
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    13. Pyatak EA, Carandang K, Davis S. Developing a Manualized Occupational Therapy Diabetes Management Intervention: Resilient, Empowered, Active Living With Diabetes. OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2015 Jul; 35(3):187-94. PMID: 26594741.
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    14. Sequeira PA, Pyatak EA, Weigensberg MJ, Vigen CP, Wood JR, Ruelas V, Montoya L, Cohen M, Speer H, Clark S, Peters AL. Let's Empower and Prepare (LEAP): Evaluation of a Structured Transition Program for Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2015 Aug; 38(8):1412-9. PMID: 25906787.
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    15. Ghaisas S, Pyatak EA, Blanche E, Blanchard J, Clark F. Lifestyle changes and pressure ulcer prevention in adults with spinal cord injury in the pressure ulcer prevention study lifestyle intervention. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Jan-Feb; 69(1):6901290020p1-10. PMID: 25553751; PMCID: PMC4281707.
    16. Pyatak EA, Díaz J, Delgado C. Engage/Trojan Neighbors: A community service partnership between an academic division and residential community. Work. 2015; 52(3):503-8. PMID: 26545031.
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    17. Lu Y, Pyatak EA, Peters AL, Wood JR, Kipke M, Cohen M, Sequeira PA. Patient perspectives on peer mentoring: type 1 diabetes management in adolescents and young adults. Diabetes Educ. 2015 02; 41(1):59-68. PMID: 25394732.
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    18. Pyatak EA, Florindez D, Peters AL, Weigensberg MJ. "We are all gonna get diabetic these days": the impact of a living legacy of type 2 diabetes on Hispanic young adults' diabetes care. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Sep-Oct; 40(5):648-58. PMID: 24867918.
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    19. Pyatak EA, Sequeira PA, Whittemore R, Vigen CP, Peters AL, Weigensberg MJ. Challenges contributing to disrupted transition from paediatric to adult diabetes care in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Diabet Med. 2014 Dec; 31(12):1615-24. PMID: 24798586; PMCID: PMC4221576.
    20. Clark F, Pyatak EA, Carlson M, Blanche EI, Vigen C, Hay J, Mallinson T, Blanchard J, Unger JB, Garber SL, Diaz J, Florindez LI, Atkins M, Rubayi S, Azen SP. Implementing trials of complex interventions in community settings: the USC-Rancho Los Amigos pressure ulcer prevention study (PUPS). Clin Trials. 2014 Apr; 11(2):218-29. PMID: 24577972; PMCID: PMC3972348.
    21. Pyatak EA, Florindez D, Weigensberg MJ. Adherence decision making in the everyday lives of emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2013; 7:709-18. PMID: 23935361; PMCID: PMC3735338.
    22. Pyatak EA, Sequeira P, Peters AL, Montoya L, Weigensberg MJ. Disclosure of psychosocial stressors affecting diabetes care among uninsured young adults with Type 1 diabetes. Diabet Med. 2013 Sep; 30(9):1140-4. PMID: 23758145; PMCID: PMC3748220.
    23. Pyatak EA, Blanche EI, Garber SL, Diaz J, Blanchard J, Florindez L, Clark FA. Conducting intervention research among underserved populations: lessons learned and recommendations for researchers. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Jun; 94(6):1190-8. PMID: 23262157; PMCID: PMC3669234.
    24. Pyatak E. Participation in occupation and diabetes self-management in emerging adulthood. Am J Occup Ther. 2011 Jul-Aug; 65(4):462-9. PMID: 21834462.
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