Stanford University

Scholars and Students

Post Doctoral Scholars

Benjy Li

Benjy Li, Post-doc


Benjy Li Post-doc Benjy's interest lies in examining the impact of virtual reality on human psychology and behavior, with a focus on the use of virtual environments as a tool to improve health. He has worked with several health agencies, hospitals and schools in Singapore in the development and testing of digital health interventions. Currently, Benjy is exploring the potential of evoking the senses of smell and taste through virtual reality to promote health outcomes.

Ph.D. Candidates

Jakki Bailey

Jakki Bailey, Ph.D Student

CV VHIL Publications

Jakki Bailey examines the psychological and social effects of immersive virtual experiences as well as their educational uses. She is currently researching children's cognitive and behavioral responses to immersive virtual reality.

Brian Perone

Brian Perone, Ph.D Student

CV VHIL Publications

Brian Perone's work at Stanford has focused on the educational applications of immersive virtual reality. His research examines the unique advantages and challenges of VR as an educational tool for environmental science, both in the lab and in the field, including some of the first use of immersive VR in a classroom. Prior to coming to Stanford, Brian worked in product development for a science education technology company.

Catherine Oh

Catherine Oh, Ph.D Student

CV VHIL Publications

Catherine (Soo Youn) Oh is a researcher in the Virtual Human Interaction Lab. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication from Seoul National University. Her research focuses on the affective and cognitive implications of communication technology. Catherine's current work focuses on the affordances that influence social presence.

Ketaki Shriram

Ketaki Shriram, Ph.D Student

CV VHIL Publications

Ketaki Shriram graduated from Stanford in 2013 with her undergraduate and masters degrees in Communication. Her research interests are focused on examining how virtual animal interactions can impact conservation behavior, and how features of immersive environments may impact overall user presence. Ketaki has previously interned at Oculus VR and Google [X] on the Glass team. In 2014, she co-produced her debut feature documentary, TRUE SON, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was sold to FusionTV/Univision.

Fernanda Herrera

Fernanda Herrera, Ph.D. Student


Fernanda received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on the psychosocial effects of new media and technology as well as the cognitions and perceptions experienced while interacting with new media.She is currently working on testing VR as a platform that could potentially increase pro-social behaviors.

Visiting Scholars

Walter Greenleaf

Walter Greenleaf


Dr. Walter Greenleaf, PhD is a behavioral neuroscientist and a medical product developer. As a research scientist, Dr. Greenleaf’s focus has been on age-related changes in cognition, mood and behavior. He served as the Director for the Mind Division, Stanford Center on Longevity, where his focus was on age-related changes in cognition. As a medical product developer, Dr. Greenleaf’s focus has been on computer supported clinical products, with a specific focus on virtual reality and digital health technology to treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke, Addictions, Autism, and other difficult problems in behavioral and physical medicine.

Joris Janssen

VHIL Publications

Masters Students

Naomi Cornman

Naomi Cornman, Coterminal Masters Student

Kaitlyn Benitez-Strine

Kaitlyn Benitez-Strine, Coterminal Masters Student

Undergraduate Programmers

Lucas Sanchez

Lucas Sanchez, VRITS Mentor 2015-2016

Alyssa Vann

Alyssa Vann, VRITS Mentor 2015

Jason Liu

Jason Liu, VRITS Team 2015-2016

Max Spero

Max Spero, VRITS Team 2015-2016

Sydney Maples

Sydney Maples, VRITS Team 2015-2016

Carlos Girod

Carlos Girod, VRITS Team 2015-2016

Janette Cheng

Janette Cheng, VRITS Team 2015-2016

Dana Murphy

Dana Murphy, VRITS Team 2015-2016

Elisa Lupin-Jimenez

Elisa Lupin-Jimenez, VRITS Team 2015-2016

Jackie Becker

Jackie Becker, VRITS Team 2015-2016