Our Team

Marientina Gotsis, MFA
CoFounder & Director

Maryalice
Jordan-Marsh, PhD, RN

Senior Scholar

Vangelis Lympouridis, PhD
Senior Scholar

James C. Roberts, Esq.
Advisor

Pat Levitt, PhD
Advisor

Skip Rizzo, PhD
Advisor

James Finley, PhD
Collaborator

David Baron, MSEd, DO
Advisor (Emeritus)

Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD
Collaborator

Dennis Wixon, PhD
Collaborator (Emeritus)

Beth Fisher, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Collaborator

Isabela Granic
Collaborator

Laura Garcia, PhD
Visiting Scholar

Diane Tucker, MA, MFA
Consultant (Emerita)

Nina Poulos Ramage, MFA
Consultant (Emerita)

JT Vernon, MSW, ASW
Visiting Scholar (Emeritus)

Scott Fisher
Advisor (Emeritus)

Rohit Varma, MD, Phd
Advisor (Emeritus)

Current Students & Mentees

BA Interactive Entertainment

Awu Chen

BS Human Biology

Courtney Cheng
USC PURF AWARDEE

PhD Media Arts & Practice

PhD Clinical Psychology

Jeffery Newell

Alumni, Mentees & Research Assistants*

2020

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Laura Harrison

PhD Clinical Psychology

Laura Garcia

PhD Psychology

Hanneke Scholten

MFA Interactive Media

Bria Smith

David Guevara

Ruzi Vanzin

MA Cinematic Arts
( Media Arts, Games & Health)

Alyssa Matlosz

Fabian Bock

MS Integrated Design, Business & Technology

Max Orozco

BA Cinematic Arts
(Film & Television Production)

Kevin Ke

BS Computational Neuroscience

Nhi Trinh

2019

PhD Media Arts & Practice

Clea T. Waite

MFA Interactive Media

Patrick Bender
(Games & Health)

MFA Interactive Media

Kelsey Rice

Clarissa Middleton

MA Cinematic Arts 
(Media Arts, Games & Health)

Sydney Rubin

MCM Communication Management

Ceren Oney

BA Interactive Entertainment

Eileen Hsu

BA Animation & Digital Arts

Brenda Chen

MS Biomedical Engineering

Jeffrey Doan

BS Global Health

Darcy Malican

BA Economics/Spanish

Lena Tavitian

High School
(Honors Independent Science Research)

Hannah Tracy
Cor Jesu Academy, St. Louis, MO

2018

MD Doctor of Medicine

Matt Orgel

PhD Computer Science
(ABD)

Fotos Frangoudes

PhD Behavioral Health Research

Cheng Wen

MFA Interactive Media

Gabriela Gomes

MFA Interactive Media

Xian Lu

Atley Loughridge

Allison Comrie

MFA Fine Arts

Robert Karimi

MA Cinematic Arts  
(Media Arts, Games & Health)

Christina Lelon

MA Film/Cinema/Video Studies

Elizabeth Hogenson

BA Computational Neurscience / Neurocinematics

Neil Banarjee

BA Health/Humanities

Jessica Cheng

BS Computer Science
(Games)

Nathan Lim

BS Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Chris Zaki

High School
(Honors Independent Science Research)

Elena DeBre
Marlborough High School, Los Angeles, CA

2017

MD/Phd Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology, Rehabilitation

Brian Wu

PhD Psychology

Adam Lobel

MFA Interactive Media

Yuting Su

Lishan Amde

BA Media Arts & Practice

Mark Vrahas

Gabriella Kanellos

BS Computer Science

Ashley Yu-Chih

BA Animation & Digital Arts

Yoojin Seol

2016

PhD Neuroscience

Vesna Gamez-Djokic

PhD Media Arts and Practice

Amanda Tasse

MFA Interactive Media

Anshul Pendse

Malika Lim

Lynne Qiu

MS Biokinesiology

Joyce DiArmendi

BA Biology

Howard Mao

BA Interactive Entertainment

Chapman Lee

BA Psychology

Hallie Pewthers

2015

PhD Biomedical Engineering

Antonia Zaferiou

PhD Health Behavior Research

Eleanor Tate

PhD Chemical Engineering

Chupei Zhang

MFA Interactive Media

Lauren Lewis

Evan Stern

Zi Li

Remy Karns

BA Interactive Entertainment/Theatre
(Design)

Nick Farmer 

BS Industrial & Systems Engineering

Nicholas Chan

2014

MD Doctor of Medicine

Andrew Joyce

PhD Social Work

Hyunsung Oh

MFA Interactive Media

Michael T. Lin

Bryan Zhang

MSW Social Work

Sarah Farrell

MS Global Medicine Management

Mera Gobrial

BS Business Administration/BA East Asian Languages & Cultures

Catherine Uong

2013

MFA Interactive Media

Yasaman Hashemian

Lily Chou

Jason Mathias

MS Computer Science

Zheng Zeng

BS Occupational Therapy

Max Swider

BS Biomedical Engineering

Caroline Win

BS Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Kelly Morgan

High School

Isabella Astor
The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, CA

2012

MFA Interactive Media

Erin Reynolds

Yun Dai

Xuan Li

Graduate Certificate
(Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV)

Brent Hengeveld

2011

MCM Communication Management

Ying Sun

BA Interactive Entertainment

Matteo Marjoram

BS Business Administration & Management

Wakefield Li

2010

PhD Communication

Helen Hua Wang

MA Strategic Public Relations

Amy Akmal

BA Interactive Entertainment/Film Production

David Turpin

2009

MFA Interactive Media

Diana Hughes

BA Interactive Media

David Villatoro

* Listed by graduation year and without pictures because you grow up so fast! If you are incorrectly categorized and have a more recent link you prefer, email gotsis ( at ) usc.edu. This list is still incomplete and short of at least 50 people as of Dec 29, 2020. Email us anyway if you do not see yourself in here!