Mona Sobhani

Mona Sobhani

Director of Research and Operations for the Center for Body Computing
Institute for Creative Technologies

Mona Sobhani, PhD is Director of Research and Operations at the USC Center for Body Computing (CBC), a digital health research and innovation center.  By training, she is a cognitive neuroscientist with behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging research experience in psychopathic traits, mirror neurons, emotion regulation, fear conditioning, and sensory-motor feedback.  She became interested in digital health solutions after consulting for NextGxDx, an online marketplace for genetic testing.  At the CBC, she overlooks the Center’s operations and the multitude of research projects and collaborations with digital health companies, health systems, care providers, payers, sports teams and leagues, and US Military divisions. Through her work at the CBC, Dr. Sobhani has designed and managed multi-site research studies investigating the relationship between health outcomes and technology, including wearable devices and mobile apps.  She is also deeply interested in the issues surrounding the adoption of digital tools, such as data ethics, privacy, and cybersecurity.  Previously, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University with the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project. She was also a scholar with the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics where she worked with Elyn Saks, JD on the topic of the criminalization of mental illness. Dr. Sobhani holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California, where her dissertation work investigated the relationship between psychopathic traits and the functional and structural connectivity of the fronto-amygdala neural circuit. She also holds a B.S. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego.