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Stacey Schepens Niemiec, PhD, OTR/L

Research Assistant Professor

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California


Phone: (323) 442-2069

Lead Mentors

G. Baranek, PhD, OTR/L & F. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Research Areas

Examining the interrelationships between activity patterns, chronic conditions, mobility, and falls in older adults in order to inform the development of health and wellness programs for the aging population; Exploring applications of mobile health technology to promote successful aging

  • 2003 Wayne State University, Occupational Psychology BS
  • 2005 Wayne State University,Occupational Therapy MS
  • 2009 Wayne State University, Instructional Technology PhD


Research Funding

K12HD055929 Ottenbacher (PI) 08/01/13-07/31/18 Rehabilitation Research Career Development K12 program The goal of this career development award is to gain additional mentored research experience in gerontology and activity-based lifestyle management to improve the health and well-being of older adults. Role: Scholar

Publications (past 5 years)

Murphy, S., Robison, S. & Schepens Niemiec, S.L. (In press, 2016). Non-pharmacologic management of osteoarthritis. Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology.

Murphy, S., Kratz, A. & Schepens Niemiec, S.L. (In press, 2016). Assessing fatigability in the lab and in daily life in older adults with osteoarthritis using perceived, performance, and ecological measures. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

Juang, C., Carlson, M., Vigen, C., Schepens Niemiec, S.L., Knight, B , & Clark, F. (In press 2016). Understanding the mechanisms of change in Lifestyle Redesign. The Gerontologist July, 7, 2016.

Murphy, S., Schepens Niemiec, S.L., Lyden, A., & Krazt, A. (2016). Pain, fatigue, and physical activity in osteoarthritis: The moderating effects of pain- and fatigue-related activity interference. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 97(S3), S201-S209. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.05.025

Schepens Niemiec, S.L., Carlson, M., Martínez, J., Guzmán, L., Mahajan, A., & Clark, F. (2015). Developing occupation-based preventive programs for late-middle-aged Latino patients in safety-net health systems. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 69(6), 1-11. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.015958

Mallinson, T., Schepens Niemiec, S.L., Carlson, M., Leland, N., Vigen, C., Blanchard, J., & Clark, F. (2014). Development and validation of the Activity Significance Personal Evaluation (ASPEn) Scale. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 61(6), 384-393. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12155

Murphy, S., & Schepens Niemiec, S.L. (2014). Aging, fatigue, and fatigability: Implications for occupational and physical therapists. Current Geriatrics Reports 3, 135-141. doi: 10.1007/s13670-014-0093-6

Leland, N., Marcione, N., Schepens, S., Kelkar, K., & Fogelberg, D. (2014). What is occupational therapy's role in addressing sleep problems among older adults? OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health 34(3), 141-149. doi: 10.3928/15394492-20140513-01

Kratz, S., Schepens, S.L., & Murphy, S. (2013). Effects of cognitive task demands on subsequent symptoms and activity in adults with symptomatic osteoarthritis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 67(6), 683-691.

Schepens, S.L., Kratz, A., & Murphy, S. (2012). Fatigability in osteoarthritis: Effects of an activity bout on subsequent symptoms and activity. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Science and Medical Sciences 67(10), 1114-1120.

Schepens, S.L., Sen, A., Painter, J., & Murphy, S. (2012). Relationship between fall-related efficacy and activity engagement in community-dwelling older adults: A meta-analytic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 66(2), 137-148.

Schepens, S.L., Braun, M., & Murphy, S. (2012). Effect of tailored activity pacing on self-perceived joint stiffness in adults with knee or hip osteoarthritis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 66(3), 363- 367. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2010.004036

Goldberg, A., & Schepens, S. (2011). Measurement error and minimal detectable change in 4-meter gait speed in older adults. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research 23(5-6), 406-412.

Schepens, S.L., Goldberg, A., & Panzer, P. (2011). A randomized controlled trial comparing tailoring methods of multimedia-based falls prevention education for community-dwelling older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 65(6), 702-709.

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