Stacey Schepens Niemiec, PhD, OTR/L

Title(s)Associate Professor Of Research
AddressCHP 133
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9003
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    NIH - National Institute on Aging & Alzheimer’s Association , Los Angeles, CAEmerging Scholar Training Program2021Interdisciplinary Aging Research to Address Health Disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related De
    University of Southern California - Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CAPost-doctoral fellowship2013Clinical Trials in Rehabilitation Research
    University of Michigan - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department, Ann Arbor, MIPost-doctoratal fellowship2011Medical Rehabilitation Research
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MIPhD2009Instructional Technology - Focus in Interactive Technology
    Wayne State University - Institute of Gerontology, Detroit, MIPre-doctoral fellowship2009Aging and Urban Health
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MIMS2005Occupational Therapy - Focus in Assistive Technology
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MIBS2003Occupational Therapy
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    Alzheimer's Los Angeles2020Early Career Investigator's Award
    AOTF Planning Grant Collective2019  - 2020Distinguished Occupational Therapy Researcher
    NIH National Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Association2019  - 2021Emerging Scholar-Interdisciplinary Aging Research in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
    International Conference on Aging in Americas2017Emerging Scholar
    NIH2016mHealth Training Institute Awardee
    AOTA2012Research Scholars Initiative Award
    NIDRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program2009  - 2010University of Michigan Research Stipend Award
    Michigan Society of Gerontology2009Everett J. Soop Award

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    Stacey L. Schepens Niemiec, PhD, OTR/L is Associate Professor of Research at the University of Southern California Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She earned a BS in Occupational Therapy, a MS in Occupational Therapy with a focus on assistive technology, and PhD in Instructional Technology with a focus on interactive technology from Wayne State University. While pursuing her PhD, Dr. Schepens Niemiec completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in Aging and Urban Health. Additionally, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Trials Methodology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Schepens Niemiec's research focuses broadly on the promotion of health and wellness in older individuals. Her work centers on the underlying mechanisms that facilitate or inhibit healthy aging, as well as methodologies — especially ones that incorporate cutting-edge technology — that emphasize activity participation. She relies on a multidisciplinary combination of occupational therapy, instructional technology, and gerontology principles to guide her investigations, with an eye towards development of lifestyle-based interventions designed to counterbalance the chronic health problems that beset the older population.

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    Elders Preserving Independence in the Community (EPIC)
    PCORI Nov 1, 2020 - Oct 31, 2023
    Role: Advisory Board/Stakeholder
    Role Description: To compare the effectiveness of an in-home preventive healthcare program delivered by nurses to on-site health and wellness classes for older adults living in low-income independent housing, and to study adherence and preferences of older adults for these two options. Study outcomes include health and functional independence.
    Lifestyle Redesign certification course.
    USC OS/OT Initiatives Grant May 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Collaborator
    Role Description: To develop a Lifestyle Redesign manual, manuscript, and online CEU certification course materials
    Iterative development of the Moving Up App for older adults.
    USC OS/OT Initiative Grant May 1, 2020 - Apr 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: This development study was designed to improve components of the Moving Up physical activity smartphone intervention in preparation for R01 funding.
    USC SensoriMotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Training in Virtual Reality Center (SMART-VR Center)
    USC Research Collaboration Fund Sep 1, 2019 - Aug 30, 2022
    Role: Collaborator
    Role Description: The mission of this interdisciplinary center of excellence is to harness cutting-edge advances in virtual reality to improve motor and cognitive function across multiple clinical populations (e.g., stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease).
    A smartphone application to improve physical activity in underactive older adults with mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia
    NIH/AD/ADRD 5R21AG052838-02S1Sep 15, 2018 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: The purpose of this project is to build on the current NIA-funded R21 to assess the usability, feasibility, and acceptability of MovingUP for older smartphone users with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia.
    Transforming sitting from sedentariness to movement and exercise in older adults
    USC OS/OT Intiatives Grant Jul 1, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: To preliminarily investigate the feasibility and acceptability of FitSeat for in-home use by older adults.
    A smartphone application to improve physical activity in underactive older adults
    NIH/NIA 5R21AG052838-01A1Sep 15, 2017 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: The purpose of this study is to develop, test, and optimize Moving Up, a multi-feature smartphone application (app) suite designed to be paired with an activity-monitoring app and facilitate older adults’ physical activity. This suite is distinct from generic fitness apps because it blends a set of specialized components that reflect empirically supported constructs from social cognitive theory and stereotype embodiment theory with evidence-based behavior change techniques foundational to basic activity-tracking.
    Addressing uncontrolled diabetes in primary care: A Lifestyle Redesign approach
    SC CTSI-UCLA CTSI-LA County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) Implementation Science Grant to Improve Patient Care Jul 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Role Description: The purpose of this study is to examine the feasibility of implementing an occupational therapy intervention addressing diabetes management in a primary care clinic within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, as well as the impact of this intervention approach on clinical outcomes, efficiency and patient-centeredness of care.
    ¡VMV! pilot study of a lifestyle intervention for Latinos: Long-term follow-up
    USC OS/OT Initiatives Grant Jul 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: To evaluate the health status and experiences of participants in a lifestyle intervention ¡Vivir Mi Vida! (Live My Life!) one year after conclusion of the program.
    ¡Vivir Mi Vida!: A pilot study of a lifestyle intervention to optimize health outcomes in Latino patients
    USC OS/OT Initiatives Grant Jan 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Role Description: To test the feasibility and efficacy of a culturally tailored lifestyle intervention, ¡Vivir Mi Vida! (Live My Life!), intended to improve the health and well-being of late-midlife Latino adults.
    Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program
    NIH/NICHD K12HD055929Aug 1, 2013 - Jul 31, 2018
    Role: Project Principle Investigator
    Role Description: The goals of this research program were to examine the underlying mechanisms that facilitate or inhibit healthy aging, as well as to develop proficiency in the utilization of new methodologies, especially those that incorporate cutting-edge technology and emphasize activity participation.

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    1. Long-Term Follow-Up of a Lifestyle Intervention for Late-Midlife, Rural-Dwelling Latinos in Primary Care. Am J Occup Ther. 2021 Mar-Apr; 75(2):7502205020p1-7502205020p11. Schepens Niemiec SL, Vigen CLP, Martínez J, Blanchard J, Carlson M. PMID: 33657344.
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    2. Contextualizing the Positive Effects of the Well Elderly 2 Trial: A Response to Schelly and Ohl (2019). Am J Occup Ther. 2019 Nov/Dec; 73(6):7306205100p1-7306205100p11. Pyatak EA, Carlson M, Vigen CLP, Blanchard J, Niemiec SS, Sideris J, Baranek GT. PMID: 31891349.
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    3. Addressing Diabetes in Primary Care: Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study of Lifestyle Redesign® Occupational Therapy. Am J Occup Ther. 2019 Sep/Oct; 73(5):7305185020p1-7305185020p12. Pyatak E, King M, Vigen CLP, Salazar E, Diaz J, Schepens Niemiec SL, Blanchard J, Jordan K, Banerjee J, Shukla J. PMID: 31484021.
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    4. Evaluation of ¡Vivir Mi Vida! to improve health and wellness of rural-dwelling, late middle-aged Latino adults: results of a feasibility and pilot study of a lifestyle intervention. Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2018 09; 19(5):448-463. Schepens Niemiec SL, Blanchard J, Vigen CLP, Martínez J, Guzmán L, Concha A, Fluke M, Carlson M. PMID: 29729677.
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    5. Understanding the Mechanisms of Change in a Lifestyle Intervention for Older Adults. Gerontologist. 2018 03 19; 58(2):353-361. Juang C, Knight BG, Carlson M, Schepens Niemiec SL, Vigen C, Clark F. PMID: 28329863.
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    6. A Pilot Study of the ¡Vivir Mi Vida! Lifestyle Intervention for Rural-Dwelling, Late-Midlife Latinos: Study Design and Protocol. OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2019 01; 39(1):5-13. Schepens Niemiec SL, Blanchard J, Vigen CLP, Martínez J, Guzmán L, Fluke M, Carlson M. PMID: 29514544.
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    7. Knee and hip osteoarthritis management: A review of current and emerging non-pharmacological approaches. Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology. 2016; 2:296-311. .
    8. Assessing Fatigability in the Lab and in Daily Life in Older Adults With Osteoarthritis Using Perceived, Performance, and Ecological Measures. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 01; 72(1):115-120. Murphy SL, Kratz AL, Schepens Niemiec SL. . PMID: 27573811.
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    9. Pain, Fatigue, and Physical Activity in Osteoarthritis: The Moderating Effects of Pain- and Fatigue-Related Activity Interference. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 09; 97(9 Suppl):S201-9. Murphy SL, Schepens Niemiec S, Lyden AK, Kratz AL. PMID: 27207435.
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    10. Developing Occupation-Based Preventive Programs for Late-Middle-Aged Latino Patients in Safety-Net Health Systems. Am J Occup Ther. 2015 Nov-Dec; 69(6):6906240010. Schepens Niemiec SL, Carlson M, Martínez J, Guzmán L, Mahajan A, Clark F. PMID: 26565102.
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    11. Development and validation of the activity significance personal evaluation (ASPEn) scale. Aust Occup Ther J. 2014 Dec; 61(6):384-93. Mallinson T, Schepens Niemiec SL, Carlson M, Leland N, Vigen C, Blanchard J, Clark F. PMID: 25284289.
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    12. Aging, Fatigue, and Fatigability: Implications for Occupational and Physical Therapists. Current Geriatrics Reports. 2014; 3:135-141. .
    13. What is occupational therapy's role in addressing sleep problems among older adults? OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2014; 34(3):141-9. Leland NE, Marcione N, Schepens Niemiec SL, Kelkar K, Fogelberg D. PMID: 24844879.
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    14. Effects of cognitive task demands on subsequent symptoms and activity in adults with symptomatic osteoarthritis. Am J Occup Ther. 2013 Nov-Dec; 67(6):683-91. Kratz AL, Schepens SL, Murphy SL. PMID: 24195902.
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    15. Assessing the reliability and validity of a shorter walk test compared with the 10-Meter Walk Test for measurements of gait speed in healthy, older adults. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2013 Jan-Mar; 36(1):24-30. Peters DM, Fritz SL, Krotish DE. PMID: 22415358.
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    16. Effect of tailored activity pacing on self-perceived joint stiffness in adults with knee or hip osteoarthritis. Am J Occup Ther. 2012 May-Jun; 66(3):363-7. Schepens SL, Braun ME, Murphy SL. PMID: 22549602.
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    17. Fatigability in osteoarthritis: effects of an activity bout on subsequent symptoms and activity. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Oct; 67(10):1114-20. Schepens SL, Kratz AL, Murphy SL. PMID: 22451469.
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    18. Relationship between fall-related efficacy and activity engagement in community-dwelling older adults: a meta-analytic review. Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Mar-Apr; 66(2):137-48. Schepens S, Sen A, Painter JA, Murphy SL. PMID: 22394523.
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    19. Randomized controlled trial comparing tailoring methods of multimedia-based fall prevention education for community-dwelling older adults. Am J Occup Ther. 2011 Nov-Dec; 65(6):702-9. Schepens SL, Panzer V, Goldberg A. PMID: 22214115.
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    20. Deficits in stepping response time are associated with impairments in balance and mobility in people with Huntington disease. J Neurol Sci. 2010 Nov 15; 298(1-2):91-5. Goldberg A, Schepens SL, Feely SM, Garbern JY, Miller LJ, Siskind CE, Conti GE. PMID: 20804986.
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    21. Concurrent validity and reliability of the maximum step length test in older adults. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2010 Jul-Sep; 33(3):122-7. Goldberg A, Schepens S, Wallace M. PMID: 21155507.
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    22. The short version of the Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) scale: its validity, reliability, and relationship to balance impairment and falls in older adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2010 Jul-Aug; 51(1):9-12. Schepens S, Goldberg A, Wallace M. PMID: 19615762.
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    23. Changes in hemiplegic grasp following distributed repetitive intervention: a case series. Occupational Therapy International. 2009; 16(3):204-217. .
    24. Trials of the treatment of mild hypertension. An interim analysis. Lancet. 1982 Jan 16; 1(8264):149-56. PMID: 6119523.
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