Our Vision

The USC SensoriMotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Training in Virtual Reality Center (USC SMART-VR Center) is a multidisciplinary center which brings together world-class investigators across movement science, engineering, neuroscience, and rehabilitation to study and develop virtual reality interventions for neurorehabilitation.

Our mission is to establish an interdisciplinary center of excellence harnessing cutting edge advances in virtual reality to improve motor and cognitive function across multiple clinical populations (e.g., stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s).

The USC SMART-VR Center is funded by a USC Collaboration Fund grant.

Meet Our Directors

Sook-Lei Liew, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Department of Neurology

USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

James M. Finley, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Skip Rizzo, PhD

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

USC Keck Medicine, Institute for Creative Technologies

Judy Pa, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

Marientina Gotsis, MFA

USC School of Cinematic Arts

Creative Media and Behavioral Health Center

Meet Our Scientific Advisory Board

Carolee J. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA

USC Ostrow School of Dentistry

PI, NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Aging-- Optimizing Participation through Technology

Arthur Toga, PhD

USC Keck School of Medicine

Director, Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

Nicholas Schweighofer, PhD

USC Ostrow School of Dentistry

Co-founder & Chief Science Officer, Motion Scientific, Inc

Michael Zyda, PhD

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Founding Director, USC Games Program

Meet Our Support Team

Kira Wong

Program Manager

Bianca Ojeda

Events Coordinator

Coralie Phanord

VR Technical Support

Meet Our Student Ambassadors

Garret Flynn

Interactive Media & Games

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Donggyu Kim

Communication & Data Science


We have a variety of ongoing projects investigating stroke neurorehabilitation, motor skill training in people with Parkinson's disease, and the effects of exercise on cognition.

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Read our latest publications on virtual reality for sensorimotor assessment and rehabilitation.

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Find out more about exciting events and breaking news from members of the SMART-VR Center.

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