Luciana Laganà , Ph.D.

Exceptional Creative Accomplishment Award

My three faculty awards reflect my dedication to engaging in community service- learning, publishing academic articles, and creating socially impactful films.  With my students, I strive to continue this legacy.

Dr. Luciana Laganà is an experimental and a clinical psychologist with 9 degrees/specializations/post-docs, over 40 peer-reviewed publications, and extensive training in acting/TV hosting/ screenwriting/directing/film production. She also won the CSUN 2011 Preeminent Scholarly Publications Award and the 2008 Visionary Community Service-Learning Award. Her specialty areas are women's issues, sex and couple therapy, adult behavioral medicine, and ethnogeriatrics. As a passionate social impact filmmaker, she is also involved in film-based narrative medicine and anti-bias research efforts. Her films and series have won many awards at national and international film festivals. She was awarded the 2017 Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award for her documentaries LGBT United, Understanding Pain in Older Age, and Aging and Falling, which she is currently using in anti-bias research.