University of Southern California


Collaboration Fund Groups

Sponsored by the Research Collaboration Fund:

Behavioral Science and Well-Being Policy

This collaboration will develop insights from behavioral science and related fields to inform policies on well-being, as well as health, finances, climate change, and security. It brings together more than 40 USC faculty and students, and is led by Wändi Bruine de Bruin, Jason Doctor, Arie Kapteyn, Dan Simon and Gülden Űlkümen.

Community Scholars Collaborative on Health Equity Solutions

CHES is a multidisciplinary collaboration of over 40 faculty/students at USC that comes together to address significant health disparities problems in diverse communities, such as poverty, food security, social justice, cancer, environmental justice, sustainability, immigration, climate change. The group is led by Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati and Charles Kaplan.

USC Coastal Resilience Research and Climate Education Network (CRRACEN)

The Coastal Resilience Research and Education Group focuses on issues of ecological resilience at the urban-ocean interface in LA County. This group led by Sergey Nuzhdin (Dornsife), Patrick Lynett (Viterbi), Gale Sinatra (Rossier), Esther Margulies (Architecture) and William Leach (Public Policy) is comprised of USC, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Metaplasticity and Megaplasticity: Changing the Brain from Synapse to Community

This collaboration between Keck and Dornsife aims to gain novel perspectives towards understanding both the parameters of lifestyle as well as investigating underlying mechanisms of neuroplasticity critical for developing brain resilience in aging and disease. The group is led by Giselle Petzinger, Michael Jakowec, John van Horne, James Finley, David Bridell, and Charles Kaplan.

USC Center for Mindfulness Science

CMS aims to contribute meaningful understanding to the component psychological and biological processes underlying mindfulness and the relationship between mindfulness and well-being, as well as the impact of mindfulness practice on wellness and clinical outcomes across the lifespan. The group is led by David Black (Keck), Jordan Davis (Social Work), Rael Cahn (Keck), Ronan Hallowell (Keck), Randye Semple (Keck), Allen Weiss (Marshall) and Shawn Roll (Ostrow).

USC Institute for Addiction Science

The Institute aims to promote interdisciplinary addiction science and education across public health, social work, psychology, policy, pharmacy, medicine, psychiatry, etc. They’ll integrate with existing training programs in social behavioral science, psychology, epidemiology, and neuroscience to develop novel addiction science educational programs. The group is led by Adam Leventhal and John Clapp.

USC Law & Global Health Collaboration

USC’s Law & Global Health Collaboration advances scholarship and provides monthly lectures and public discussions at the intersection of law and global health. Virtually all significant global health topics raise challenging legal issues which are better understood and addressed when considered from a multidisciplinary basis. The group is led by Sofia Gruskin and Alexander Capron.

USC mHealth Collaboratory

Mobile health (mHealth) technologies are ubiquitous, interactive and poised to improve the health and well being of people around the globe. Across USC, and with our partners at other institutions, we are fueling a revolution in mobile and connected health. ​The group is led by Donna Spruijt-Metz and William Swartout.

USC Paleosciences Research Consortium

Paleosciences at USC converges methods from diverse fields to understand the imprint of the past on present-day biodiversity. Our faculty includes leading researchers in the biological and earth sciences with a wide range of expertise. The group is led by Adam Huttenlocker, David Bottjer, David Raichlen, Nathan Smith of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Craig Stanford.

USC SensoriMotor Assessment and Rehabilitation Training in Virtual Reality Center

USC SMART-VR Center’s primary purpose is to establish USC as a world leader in the study and development of virtual technologies for healthcare by bringing together investigators from biokinesiology, computer sciences, engineering, neuroscience, behavioral change, and rehabilitation. The group is led by Sook-Lei Liew, James Finley, Albert Rizzo, Judy Pa, Marientina Gotsis and Glenn Fox.