Linda Tickle-Degnen, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
University of Southern California
Dr. Tickle-Degnen teaches courses in evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning,
research methods, and therapeutic behavior and motivation. Her
research is directed
toward understanding and promoting positive social functioning and wellness in
Parkinson's disease and other chronic conditions. In particular she studies nonverbal
and verbal communication, cross-cultural health care interactions, interpersonal
rapport, engagement in meaningful daily activities, and quality of life. She is
interested in increasing occupational therapists' participation in inter- and
multi-disciplinary clinical interventions and research activities that have the goal
of improving the health and quality of life of individuals with chronic conditions.
Dr. Tickle-Degnen is also the director of the
Health Quality of Life Lab, doing research on quality of life of people who have disorders of facial
expression and movement using audio visual technology.
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