University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Sook-Lei Liew is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Southern California. She has joint appointments in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Neurology, and is a member of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute. She is also a co-founder and director of the USC SensoriMotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Training (SMART-VR) Center (smartvr.usc.edu).
After she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and English from Rice University in 2006, she earned a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (2008) and a PhD in Occupational Science, with a concentration in Neuroscience (2012), both from USC. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in neurorehabilitation and has been a visiting scholar at Peking University, University of Tübingen, and Johns Hopkins University.
The goal of Dr. Liew’s research is to understand mechanisms of neural plasticity in healthy individuals and individuals after neurological injury that support a person’s ability to learn new skills and recover from brain injury. Her laboratory has championed novel big data approaches to study brain imaging and behavior to understand how people recover after stroke, as well as neuromodulatory techniques and technologies such as noninvasive brain stimulation, brain computer interfaces and virtual reality to promote learning and enhance plasticity and rehabilitation after brain injury. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and given over 120 invited talks and conference presentations. Her work has received over $4.5 million in funding from agencies such as the NIH, National Science Foundation, US Army, and American Heart Association, has received a SXSW Special Jury Award for the Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health, and has been featured in press outlets such as Forbes, CNET, and PC Magazine.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:15 AM EST