Meet The Team

Dr. Jacek Pinski

Director, IAM

Dr. Jacek Pinski is a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he has combined clinical care with research focused on the biology of prostate cancer and other hormonal cancers for over 15 years. 

He completed medical school and earned a PhD in Frankfurt, Germany before coming to the U.S. in 1990, to work at Tulane University in New Orleans with Nobel laureate Andrew Schally, MD, one of the pioneers of hormonal therapy in oncology.  From 1998 until his move to California in 2001, he received continued clinical training in Medical Oncology at the Baltimore Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he collaborated with John Issacs, PhD, another respected figure in prostate cancer research. 

In addition to his involvement with many clinical trials exploring novel anti-cancer medications to improve treatment outcomes in patients, he feels strongly that attending to the psychological aspect of cancer care is of equal importance.  Raised in a family where different forms of arts entered critically into his upbringing, he believes these modalities have the potential to reduce the sense of isolation, anxiety and depression levels negatively impacting patient morale and self-esteem. 

Dr. Paige Asawa
Academic and Clinical Director, IAM

Paige Asawa, PhD, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC, is an artist, art therapist, author, educator, Academic & Clinical Director for the Institute for Arts in Medicine, Keck Medicine of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Asawa has been engaged in the therapeutic arts community for 30 years, publishing, presenting and teaching both nationally and internationally. After completing her master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy with Specialization in Clinical Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) she developed a private practice with emphasis on trauma-focused treatment and family art therapy, which she still maintains.


In 1994, Dr. Asawa became an educator and completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences in 2003. She was a professor at LMU for over 20 years teaching family art therapy, trauma-informed art therapy theory and treatment, research methods and many other classes. She was the Clinic Director of the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic at LMU for a decade developing innovative programs ranging from trauma and disaster response, and practicum support to providing consultation utilizing family art assessments. Dr. Asawa was on the national Board of Directors 2016-2018 and was twice awarded Clinician of the Year by the American Art Therapy Association. 

Dr. Terry Church
Administrative Director, IAM

Dr. Terry Church is currently an Assistant Professor in Regulatory and Quality Sciences at the University of Southern California. He lectures in the undergraduate program, Pharmacology and Drug Development (PDD); and graduate program, Regulatory Science. Prof. Church's academic focus is on interdisciplinary applications of pharmaceutical regulation in relation to patterns of addiction to affect broad areas of learning and training. His areas interest and expertise include biorepository regulation and ethics; drug addiction and regulation of controlled substances; regulatory practices for continuity and disaster planning; and policies and ethics of academic research. Dr. Church is an avid supporter of creative arts therapies and has helped in the initial set up of the Institute for Arts in Medicine at USC.  

Dr. Church holds a Doctor of Science and Master of Science in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.  In his spare time, Dr. Church is a cyclist, amateur painter, and part-time crafter. 

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