Sook-Lei Liew

Director, Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
Assistant Professor,
Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy,
Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy,
Keck School of Medicine Department of Neurology,
Department of Biomedical Engineering, &
USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute

Sook-Lei  Liew

Research Topics

  • Neural plasticity and neurorehabilitation
  • Motor learning and recovery
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuroimaging
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation
  • Neurofeedback
  • Brain computer interfaces
  • Virtual reality

Research Overview

The goals of the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory are:

1) to characterize and predict neural plasticity changes in healthy individuals and in individuals after stroke throughout the process of learning or recovery;

2) to enhance neural plasticity or neural recovery in individuals using noninvasive brain stimulation, brain-computer interfaces, behavioral measures and novel learning paradigms; and

3) to personalize the use of plasticity-inducing paradigms in order to capitalize on each individual's unique learning or recovery potential.

These goals support the overall mission of the laboratory, which is to enhance neural plasticity in a wide population of individuals in order to improve their quality of life and engagement in meaningful activities.

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Stevens Hall for Neuroimaging
2025 Zonal Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Office Location SHN 211
Office Phone (322) 865-1755
Lab Location SHN 211
Lab Phone 323-442-2719
Office Location SHN 211



  • B.A., Rice University, 2006
  • M.A., University of Southern California, 2008
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2014

Selected Publications

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