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Sook-Lei Liew, PhD, OTR/L


Associate Professor


Sook-Lei Liew is an associate professor with joint appointments in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Health, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Neurology and USC Viterbi School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. She specializes in observations of motor systems during action using neuroimaging and behavioral methods; mechanisms of neural plasticity and neural repair using noninvasive brain stimulation and brain-computer interfaces; the use of brain-computer interfaces with stroke patients; and noninvasive brain stimulation to enhance motor learning in healthy individuals.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Cortical Physiology and Neurorehabilitation, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, 2014
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Occupational Science, Concentration: Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Southern California, 2012
  • Master of Arts, Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology/English, Rice University, 2006


See Sook-Lei Liew’s curriculum vitae.

  • Liew, S.-L., Zavaliangos-Petropulu, A., Jahanshad, N., Lang, C. E., Hayward, K. S., Lohse, K., Juliano, J. M., Assogna, F., Baugh, L. A., Bhattacharya, A. K., Borich, M. R., Boyd, L. A., Brodtmann, A., Buetefisch, C. M., Byblow, W. D., Cassidy, J. M., Conforto, A. B., Craddock, R. C., Dimyan, M. A., Dula, A. N., Ermer, E., Etherton, M. R., Fercho, K. A., Gregory, C. M., Hadidchi, S., Holguin, J. A., Hwang, D. H., Jung, S., Kautz, S. A., Khlif, M. S., Khoshab, N., Kim, B., Kim, H., Kuceyeski, A., Lotze, M., MacIntosh, B. J., Margetis, J. L., Mohamed, F. B., Piras, F., Ramos-Murguialday, A., Richard, G., Roberts, P., Robertson, A. D., Rondina, J. M., Rost, N. S., Sanossian, N., Schweighofer, N., Shiroishi, M. S., Soekadar, S. R., Spalletta, G., Stinear, C. M., Suri, A., Tang, W. K. W., Thielman, G. T., Vecchio, D., Villringer, A., Ward, N. S., Werden, E., Westlye, L. T., Winstein, C., Wittenberg, G. F., Wong, K. A., Yu, C., Cramer, S. C., & Thompson, P. M. (2020). The ENIGMA Stroke Recovery Working Group: Big data neuroimaging to study brain-behavior relationships after stroke. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.25015.
  • Marin-Pardo, O., Laine, C.M.Rennie, M., Ito, K.L., & Liew, S.-L. (2020). A virtual reality muscle-computer-interface for neurorehabilitation in chronic stroke: A pilot study. Sensors, 20(13).
  • Juliano, J.M. & Liew, S.-L. (2020). Transfer of motor skill between virtual reality viewed using a head-mounted display and conventional screen environments. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 17(1), 1-13.
  • Saldana, D., Neureither, M., Schmiesing, A., Jahng, E., Kysh, L., Roll, S., & Liew, S.-L. (2020). Applications for head-mounted display virtual reality in adult physical rehabilitation: A scoping review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(5), 7405205060p1-15.
  • Juliano, J.M., Spicer, R., Lefebvre, S., Jann, K., Ard, T., Santarnecci, E., Krum, D.M., & Liew, S.-L. (2020). Embodiment is related to better performance on an immersive brain computer interface in head-mounted virtual reality: A pilot study. Sensors, 20(4).
  • Lefebvre, S., Jann, K., Schmiesing, A., Ito, K., Jog, M., Schweighofer, N., Wang, D.J. & Liew, S.-L. (2019) Differences in high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation over the motor hotspot versus the premotor cortex on motor network excitability. Scientific Reports, 9, 17605.
  • Wang, Y., Juliano, J., Liew, S.-L., McKinney, A., Payabyash, S. (2019). Voxel-wise density-based clustering of infarct lesions topographic distribution: The first steps towards a stroke atlas for the brain. Neuroimage: Clinical, 24, 101981
  • Vourvopoulos, A., Marin-Pardo, O., Lefebvre, S., Neureither, M., Saldana, D., Jahng, E., & Liew, S.-L. (2019) Effects of brain-computer interface with virtual reality (VR) neurofeedback: A pilot study in chronic stroke patients. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience13, 210.
  • Ito, K., Kim, H., & Liew, S.-L. (2019). A comparison of automated lesion segmentation approaches for chronic stroke T1-weighted MRI data. Human Brain Mapping.
  • Ito, K.L., Kumar, A., Zavaliangos-Petropulu, A., Cramer, S.C. & Liew, S.L. (2018). Pipeline for Analyzing Lesions After Stroke (PALS). Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 12,
  • Liew, S.-L., Thompson, T., Ramirez, J., Butcher, P., Taylor, J.A., & Celnik, P.A. (2018). Variable neural contributions to explicit and implicit learning during visuomotor adaptation. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 610.
  • Liew, S.-L., Garrison, K.A., Ito, K.L., Heydari, P., Sobhani, M., Werner, J., Damasio, H., Winstein, C.J., & Aziz-Zadeh, L. (2018). Laterality of post-stroke cortical motor activity during action observation is related to hemispheric dominance. Neural Plasticity, vol. 2018, Article ID 3524960, 14 pages.
  • Liew, S.-, Anglin, J.M., Banks, N.W., Sondag, M., Ito, K.L., Kim, H., Chan, J., Ito, J, Jung, C., Khoshab, N., Lefebvre, S., Nakamura, W., Saldana, D., Schmiesing, A., Tran, C., Vo, D., Ard, T., Heydari, P., Kim, B., Aziz-Zadeh, L., Cramer, S.C., Liu, J., Soekadar, S., Nordvik, J.-E., Westlye, L.T., Wang, J., Winstein, C.J., Yu, C., Ai, L., Koo, B., Craddock, R.C., Milham, M., Lakich, M., Pienta, A., & Stroud, A. (2018). A large, open source dataset of stroke anatomical brain images and manual lesion segmentations. Scientific Data, 5, 180011. doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.11.
  • Anglin, J., Sugiyama, T., & Liew, S.-L. (2017). Visuomotor adaptation in head-mounted virtual reality versus conventional training. Scientific Reports, 7, doi: 10.1038/srep45469.