I co-founded and direct the Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center (est. 2010) — an organized research unit between the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Keck School of Medicine. This center has extended the work of the Games for Health Initiative in interesting directions and occupies a great deal of my time. If you think that being a researcher is glamorous, you are very romantic.

This is how I spend my time:

I write research proposals and develop collaborations for my division and school, and I perform various duties as a consultant in my areas of interest (health, behavior & interactive media). As the founder and director the USC Games For Health Initiative (est. 2007), my mission is to translate interactive media innovations to the health researchers and practitioners community and develop new areas of investigation at the intersection of medicine, neuroscience, and public health. This involves a lot of lecturing and outreach.

I love writing (most of the time). I have co-developed, co-authored and contributed to 60+ proposals since 2007 for intramural, foundation, corporate and federal funding. I have contributed to research development across all of our division’s priority areas: game design, mobile and environmental media and immersive technologies through working with faculty from my school and other units. It is more fun to work with other people. Collaborative work isn’t easier, but it is better and more fun. Did I write ‘fun’ twice? Yes, I did…

I love teaching and supervise some awesome students from multiple disciplines across the USC campus on research projects, theses or dissertations. Last semester, I taught Interactive Entertainment Intersections with Public Health, Neuroscience, and Medicine. I designed the curriculum for two related new degree options.

On a more personal level, I have two cats, one of them old enough for college, and a very loving partner who keeps me sane. I have an astonishing number of cat pictures, and I am not ashamed to post them. I also like dogs, birds, horses, sheep, and most four-legged creatures, but I am too busy with aforementioned activities to maintain a petting zoo, or attain my dream farm at the moment :)

My favorite activity is staring into the blue sea for hours at a time. It is the perfect antidote to hours of staring into my computer screen…