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Maryalice Jordan-Marsh - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Maryalice Jordan-Marsh Maryalice Jordan-Marsh

Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work Dept. of Nursing | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Maryalice Jordan-Marsh focuses on how interactive media and access to technology affect health care decisions and behaviors



Maryalice Jordan-Marsh Publication




2008 USC Body Computing Slam: Presentation 5



Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, a nurse psychologist, joined in 2004. Her research, practice and teaching focus on educating and empowering people about health issues, and her work has been published in several areas of health care and health technology, including health issues for older adults, pain management, breast cancer, interdisciplinary collaboration, organizational change, and innovative curriculum designs for teaching gerontology.

Jordan-Marsh's current interest lies in how interactive media and access to technology affect health care decisions and behaviors. This year she is building on her work in health technology literacy to create patient-centered assessment tools using interactive media, creating health behavior-specific games and promoting development of health technology skills for consumers and health professionals. This focus on participatory e-health will explore opportunities powered by mobile devices for transforming health systems and practices across the globe. Along with colleagues in Brazil and Hong Kong, she is working on a project to address three e-health capacity components: empowering partnerships among health professionals, patients and community leaders; enhancing health literacy orientations, skills and device engagement; and creating habits of attending to the socioecological impact of technology in a health context. A key outcome of this study would be a product that uses interactive, multi-media features targeted to specific audiences.

Jordan-Marsh is also currently working with faculty from the Keck School of Medicine of USC to develop an interactive tablet application that would provide a comprehensive assessment of the decision needs of young people with a cancer diagnosis. Her other current research projects include an evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of a simulation game for the mental health of military family members following deployment.

Education (4)

University of California, Los Angeles: PhD

California State University, Long Beach: MSN

University of Oregon: MS

University of Wisconsin, Madison: BSN

Areas of Expertise (6)

Health Care


Social Work Education

Social Work


Interactive Media

Industry Expertise (4)

Social Services



Health and Wellness

Accomplishments (2)

Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Academic Senate, University of Southern California (professional)


Book of the Year, American Journal of Nursing (professional)



Research Articles & Publications (3)

Peer Influences: The Impact of Online and Offline Friendship Networks on Adolescent Smoking and Alcohol Use Journal of Adolescent Health

Grace C Huang, Jennifer B Unger, Daniel Soto, Kayo Fujimoto, Mary Ann Pentz, Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, Thomas W Valente


Online social networking sites (SNSs) have become a popular mode of communication among adolescents. However, little is known about the effects of social online activity on health behaviors. The authors examined the use of SNSs among friends and the degree to which SNS activities relate to face-to-face peer influences and adolescent risk behaviors...

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mHealth approaches to child obesity prevention: successes, unique challenges, and next directions Translational behavioral medicine

Eleanor B Tate, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Gillian O’Reilly, Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, Marientina Gotsis, Mary Ann Pentz, Genevieve F Dunton


Childhood obesity continues to be a significant public health issue. mHealth systems offer state-of-the-art approaches to intervention design, delivery, and diffusion of treatment and prevention efforts. Benefits include cost effectiveness, potential for real-time data collection, feedback capability, minimized participant burden, relevance to multiple types of populations, and increased dissemination capability...

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Tai chi and reduction of depressive symptoms for older adults: A meta-analysis of randomized trials Geriatrics & gerontology international

Iris Chi, Maryalice Jordan‐Marsh, Man Guo, Bin Xie, Zhenggang Bai


The aim of the present article was to systematically review the effectiveness of tai chi for reducing depressive symptoms among older adults. Electronic databases were searched through January 2011. Reference lists of systematic reviews and identified studies from the search strategy were also screened...

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