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    Natalie Leland, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA

    TitleAssociate Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
    SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
    DepartmentOccupational Science and Occupational Therapy
    AddressCHP 133
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-9003
    Phone+1 323 442 2850
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      Natalie Leland is an outstanding researcher in gerontology with a focus improving post-acute care services for older adults. Dr. Leland received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire and her MS and PhD degrees in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University. Dr. Leland has extensive geriatric clinical experience in a variety of rehabilitation settings.

      She has joint faculty appointments in the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Leland holds leadership positions both within occupational therapy and within the broader discipline of gerontology. She was President of the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association, currently serves on the Board for Advanced and Specialty Certification (BASC) for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is on the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) Executive Committee for the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She was named to the AOTA Roster of Fellows in 2012.

      Dr. Leland's recent scholarship includes the American Occupational Therapy Association's newly released "Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Productive Aging for Community-Dwelling Older Adults" and trends in access and outcomes of post-acute care for patients post-hip fracture surgery. She has received international attention for her work on falls among new-admitted nursing home patients. She is expert in the use of large administrative datasets, longitudinal data analysis and geographic variation in rehabilitation services. Dr. Leland has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Rehabilitation Research Career Development (RRDC) Program (#5T32HS000011, P.I. Vincent Mor, PhD), and from the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD) as a K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program Scholar (K12 HD055929, P.I. Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR).

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      1. Welsh RL, Graham JE, Karmarkar AM, Leland N, Baillargeon JG, Wild DL, Ottenbacher KJ. Effects of Postacute Settings on Readmission Rates and Reasons for Readmission Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Apr 01; 18(4):367.e1-367.e10. PMID: 28214235.
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      2. Fogelberg DJ, Leland N, Blanchard J, Rich TJ, Clark FA. Qualitative Experience of Sleep in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury. OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2017 Apr; 37(2):89-97. PMID: 28196449.
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      3. Leland N, Fogelberg DJ, Halle AD, Mroz TM. Occupational Therapy and Management of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the Context of Health Care Reform. Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb; 71(1):7101090010p1-7101090010p6. PMID: 28027031.
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      4. Leland N, Fogelberg D, Sleight A, Mallinson T, Vigen C, Blanchard J, Carlson M, Clark F. Napping and Nighttime Sleep: Findings From an Occupation-Based Intervention. Am J Occup Ther. 2016 Jul-Aug; 70(4):7004270010p1-7. PMID: 27294991; PMCID: PMC4904495.
      5. Wong C, Leland N. Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Reducing Negative Behavioral Symptoms: A Scoping Review. OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2016 Jan; 36(1):34-41. PMID: 27504691.
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      6. Lepore M, Leland N. Nursing Homes That Increased The Proportion Of Medicare Days Saw Gains In Quality Outcomes For Long-Stay Residents. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Dec; 34(12):2121-8. PMID: 26643633.
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      7. Gozalo P, Leland N, Christian TJ, Mor V, Teno JM. Volume Matters: Returning Home After Hip Fracture. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Oct; 63(10):2043-51. PMID: 26424223; PMCID: PMC4733159.
      8. Leland N, Gozalo P, Christian TJ, Bynum J, Mor V, Wetle TF, Teno JM. An Examination of the First 30 Days After Patients are Discharged to the Community From Hip Fracture Postacute Care. Med Care. 2015 Oct; 53(10):879-87. PMID: 26340664; PMCID: PMC4570868 [Available on 10/01/16].
      9. Mroz TM, Pitonyak JS, Fogelberg D, Leland N. Client Centeredness and Health Reform: Key Issues for Occupational Therapy. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Sep-Oct; 69(5):6905090010p1-8. PMID: 26356651.
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      10. Leland N, Gozalo P, Bynum J, Mor V, Christian TJ, Teno JM. What happens to patients when they fracture their hip during a skilled nursing facility stay? J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Sep 01; 16(9):767-74. PMID: 25944177; PMCID: PMC4553133.
      11. Martinez J, Leland N. Language Discordance and Patient- Centered Care in Occupational Therapy: A Case Study. OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2015 Apr; 35(2):120-8. PMID: 26460475.
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      12. Leland N, Crum K, Phipps S, Roberts P, Gage B. Advancing the value and quality of occupational therapy in health service delivery. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Jan-Feb; 69(1):6901090010p1-7. PMID: 25553739; PMCID: PMC4281704.
      13. Mallinson T, Leland N, Chan TH. The need for uniform quality reporting across post-acute care rehabilitation settings: an examination of accidental falls. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Jan; 63(1):195-7. PMID: 25597580; PMCID: PMC4418453.
      14. Mallinson T, Schepens Niemiec SL, Carlson M, Leland N, Vigen C, Blanchard J, Clark F. Development and validation of the activity significance personal evaluation (ASPEn) scale. Aust Occup Ther J. 2014 Dec; 61(6):384-93. PMID: 25284289; PMCID: PMC4441520.
      15. Leland N, Marcione N, Schepens Niemiec SL, Kelkar K, Fogelberg D. What is occupational therapy's role in addressing sleep problems among older adults? OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2014; 34(3):141-9. PMID: 24844879; PMCID: PMC4115019.
      16. Lee I, Leland N. Fall Prevention for Community-Living Older Adults: A Tale of Two Systematic Reviews. OT Pract. 2013 Sep 09; 18(16):19-22. PMID: 25750509.
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      17. Tyler DA, Feng Z, Leland N, Gozalo P, Intrator O, Mor V. Trends in postacute care and staffing in US nursing homes, 2001-2010. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2013 Nov; 14(11):817-20. PMID: 23810390; PMCID: PMC3816000.
      18. Teno JM, Gozalo PL, Bynum JP, Leland N, Miller SC, Morden NE, Scupp T, Goodman DC, Mor V. Change in end-of-life care for Medicare beneficiaries: site of death, place of care, and health care transitions in 2000, 2005, and 2009. JAMA. 2013 Feb 06; 309(5):470-7. PMID: 23385273; PMCID: PMC3674823.
      19. Leland N, Teno JM, Gozalo P, Bynum J, Mor V. Decision making and outcomes of a hospice patient hospitalized with a hip fracture. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Sep; 44(3):458-65. PMID: 22727255; PMCID: PMC3432712.
      20. Leland N, Kaldenberg J, Lee I. Watching Their Steps: Integrating Vision Intervention Into Daily Practice to Limit Fall Risk at Skilled Nursing Facilities. OT Pract. 2012 Jun 18; 17(11):7-16. PMID: 25574119.
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      21. Leland N, Elliott SJ. Special issue on productive aging: evidence and opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners. Am J Occup Ther. 2012 May-Jun; 66(3):263-5. PMID: 22549589.
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      22. Leland N, Gozalo P, Teno J, Mor V. Falls in newly admitted nursing home residents: a national study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 May; 60(5):939-45. PMID: 22587857; PMCID: PMC3854929.
      23. Leland N, Elliott SJ, O'Malley L, Murphy SL. Occupational therapy in fall prevention: current evidence and future directions. Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Mar-Apr; 66(2):149-60. PMID: 22394524.
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      24. Elliott SJ, Ivanescu A, Leland N, Fogo J, Painter JA, Trujillo LG. Feasibility of interdisciplinary community-based fall risk screening. Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Mar-Apr; 66(2):161-8. PMID: 22394525.
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      25. Leland N, Porell F, Murphy SL. Does fall history influence residential adjustments? Gerontologist. 2011 Apr; 51(2):190-200. PMID: 21047971; PMCID: PMC3106369.
      26. Garrard J, Leland N, Smith DK. Epidemiology of human bites to children in a day-care center. Am J Dis Child. 1988 Jun; 142(6):643-50. PMID: 3369403.
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