Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication


Communication (BA)




ASC 333

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Health Communication
Political Communication
Research Methods

Carlos Godoy earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley in 1998 and his Ph.D. from USC Annenberg in 2007. His primary research focuses on the role that virtual environments may play in diagnosing and changing real-life decision-making and behavior. He has served as a public policy consultant for the Institute of Medicine assessing the state of science on the health status of LGBT populations. Specifically, Professor Godoy examined the impact of the internet on the health of LGBT people; the opportunities that new technology provides to conduct innovative research with LGBT populations, including hard to reach subgroups; the utilization of electronic health records to assure that health systems can track outcomes for populations at risk for unequal treatment; and the use of internet technology for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and management of chronic disease among LGBT populations. Prior to joining USC Annenberg he worked as an assistant professor of communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and as a civil litigation attorney.


Corsbie Massay, C., Miller, L.C., Appleby, P.R., Christensen, J.L., Godoy, C.G., & Read, S.J. Identity and Sexual Risk for Black and Latino YMWM. (2016) AIDS and Behavior.

Miller, L.C., Christensen, J.L, Appleby, P.R., Read, S.J., Marsella, S., Cosbie-Massay, C., Godoy, C.G., Anderson, J., Jeong, D., Park, M. (2014) Socially Optimized Learning in Virtual Environments (SOLVE): Developing, Evaluating, and Disseminating A Game HIV Prevention Intervention Nationally Over the Web. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. 3:1S:4.

Godoy, C.G., Miller., L.C., Corsbie-Massay, C., Christensen, J.L., , & Read, S.J., Si, M. (2013). Virtual Validity, mHealth simulation games, diagnostic indicators and behavior change. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine. 2:4S:17.

Godoy, C.G., Miller., L.C., Christensen, J.L., Appleby, P.R., Corsbie-Massay, C., & Read, S.J. (2013). Results of an online HIV prevention randomized control. Annals of Behavioral Medicine Volume 39, Issue 2.

Christensen, J.L., Miller, L.C., Appleby, P.R., Corsbie-Massay, C., Godoy, C.G., Marsella, S.C., Read, S.J. (2013). Reducing shame in a game that predicts HIV risk reduction for young adult men who have sex with men: a randomized trial delivered nationally over the web. Journal of the International AIDS Society. Vol. 16. Issue 3.

Miller, L.C., Appleby, R. P., Christensen, J.L., Godoy, C., Corsbie-Massay, C., Read, S. J., Marsella, S., & Si, M.. (2011) Virtual agents and virtual sexual decision-making: Interventions for on-line applications that change real-life risky sexual choices. In S. Noar & Harrington, N. (Eds.) Interactive Health Communication Technologies: Promising Strategies for Health Behavior Change. Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates)

Godoy, C.G. (2010) Using Virtual Environments to Unobtrusively Measure Risk-Taking: Findings and Implications for Health Communication Interventions. VDM Verlag Muller.

Miller, L.C., Christenson, J.L., Godoy, C.G., Appleby, P.R., Corsbie-Massay, C., & Read, S.J. (2009). Reducing Risky Decision-Making in the Virtual and in the Real World: Serious Games, Intelligent Agents, and a SOLVE approach. In U. Ritterfield, M. Cody, P. Vorderer (Eds.) Serious Games: Mechanisms and Effects. Routledge/LEA Press.

Godoy, C.G., Christensen, J.L., Miller, L.C., Appleby, P.R., Corsbie-Massay, C., & Read, S.J. (2008). Guilty Pleasures: Using Virtual Environments to Reduce Risk-Taking. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, s63.

Godoy, C.G., Appleby, P.R., Miller, L.C., Christenson, J.L., Read, S.J., & Corsbie-Massay, C. (2008). Been There, Done That: Virtual Risk-Taking and the Theory of Planned Behavior. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, s63.

Appleby, P.R., Godoy, C., Miller, L.C., & Read, S. J. (2007). Increasing healthy behavior through the use of interactive video technology.  In T. Edgar, S. M. Noar, V.S. Freimuth (Eds.). Communication perspectives for HIV/AIDS in the 21st century.  Mahwah, NJ: 
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.