Semi Ryu, MFASemi Ryu, MFA

Associate professor


Kinetic imaging

Research areas

Honoring Voice is a virtual storytelling platform that allows children with trauma-related memories to create personalized narratives through avatars. Customizable avatars will enable embodied storytelling, facilitate role-playing performances and ultimately foster participants’ creativity, sense of community and personal meaning making for traumatic experiences. HonoringVoice Avatar tool is designed to help the children participants to create their own avatars on screen, reflecting the multiple states of selves, and playfully act out, improvise and imagine their memories through their avatars, in a safe distance.


  • Embodied Storytelling and Meaning-Making at the End of Life (In press- Accepted for publication) Co-authored with Sarah Price, Associate Dean of Social Work Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, Routledge, 2021. (listed in Web of Science ISI, PubMed, JCR, SCOPUS)
  • Feasibility of Delivering Avatar Facilitated Life-review Intervention for Patient with Cancer Co-authors: Malisa Dang, Egidio del Fabbro, Danielle Noreika Journal of Palliative Medicine, Published on Sep. 2020. (listed in JCR, Web of Science ISI, PubMed)
  • Performing Virtual Bodies International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media, Taylor & Francis, Published on June 16, 2020. (listed in SCOPUS)
  • Avatar Life-Review: Virtual Bodies in a Dramatic Paradox Virtual Creativity, volume 7 number 2, Intellect ltd, Bristol, United Kingdom, Published in Spring 2018. (listed in SCOPUS)


  • Jacob Schmitz, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Treatment Center for Children

CHRI theme

Personalized and Translational Medicine