University of Southern California

Student-Athlete Academic Services

Dr. Denise Kwok

Dr. Denise Kwok serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director/Director of Academic Services and Admissions at USC, having joined USC Athletics in 2004.  

In her role, Dr. Kwok directly supervises Athletic Admissions and Athletic Academic Services.  As a member of the Athletic Director’s Senior Leadership Team, she manages programs focused on ensuring the academic, personal, and professional enhancement of student-athletes from Admission through Graduation and beyond. Her areas of oversight include Academic Advisement and Academic Support, Personal and Career Development, and Athletic Admissions.  During each year of her tenure as Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services, the NCAA Academic progress rate (APR) and Graduate Success Rate (GSR) have continued to reach record numbers.  

In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Kwok collaborates closely with university partners to ensure alignment between the Athletic Department and campus practices. She serves on the Provost/AD task force for the Student-Athlete Experience and works collaboratively to ensure integrity driven, data-supported policies and practices are utilized to promote recruitment, retention, and academic and personal development of  USC student-athletes. 

Prior to serving as a Senior Associate Athletic Director, Dr. Kwok was an Assistant Athletic Director responsible for the development of a highly successful Directed Studies program within USC Athletics providing individualized academic support to facilitate the academic growth of academically vulnerable student-athletes into self-directed learners.  She also served as an Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs at USC, overseeing the Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity, a program focused on providing academic support to students with Learning Disabilities, AD/HD, and other learning concerns. 

Dr. Kwok has incorporated the use of multiple forms of technology in her staff’s work with students including overseeing the implementation of a department-wide software platform designed to centralize the communication, time management, and academic support needs of USC’s student athletes.  She has also partnered with the departments of sports psychology and athletic medicine to utilize cutting-edge technology for the neurological assessment of students athletes’ academic concerns.

Dr. Kwok earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at USC Rossier School of Education in 2004. Her dissertation research focused on the psychological help seeking behaviors of Asian American college students. She also earned her M.S, Ed. in Counseling Psychology  from USC and her Bachelor’s degree  in psychology and Asian American Studies (with high honors) from UC Berkeley. 

Dr. Kwok is originally from Tiburon, Calif.  She is married to Dr. Roy Fu and has two children, Madelyn and Tyler.

Contact Information:
Office: (213) 821-3075
email: dkwok@usc.edu