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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
Associate 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
Associate 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
Heather Culbertson
Assistant Professor
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
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
Judy Pa, PhD
Associate Professor

UCSD Department of Neurosciences



Meet Our Support Team


Melanie Inouye
Program Manager
Bianca Ojeda
Events Coordinator
Coralie Phanord
VR Technical Support

Meet Our Student Ambassadors


Stuti Chakraborty
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Kyle Nishimura
Occupational Therapy
Octavio Marin-Pardo
Biomedical Engineering
Olivia Siu
Interactive Media
Will (Mingyang) Chen
Interactive Media


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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