Leilani Feliciano, Ph.D.

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Leilani Feliciano, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Psychology & Director of Clinical Training
COLU 4019

Diversity Initiatives

Dr. Feliciano has spent her career working with underserved populations including low income, diverse, mid-life and older adult populations, and addresses age-related EDI relationships. Her research has targeted several important clinical problems associated with aging including medical issues that have a behavioral component (e.g., dehydration, diabetes), depression, sleep disturbances, and cognitive impairment. This research involves an exploration of how psychological, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors may contribute to the development and management of physical and mental health conditions associated with aging.

Recent Publications

1. Feliciano, L., Johanson, K. A., Okun, M. E., & Walden, A. (2021). Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the emotional and physical health of older adults compared with younger cohorts. Clinical Gerontologist, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2021.1966561

2. Walden, A., & Feliciano, L. (2021). A virtual reality intervention to reduce dementia-related agitation using single-case design. Clinical Gerontologist, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2021.1954121

3. Broxson, J., & Feliciano, L. (2020). Understanding the impact of caregiver stress. Professional Case Management, 25(4), 213-219.  doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000414

4. Okun, M., Obetz, V., & Feliciano, L. (2020). Sleep disturbance in early pregnancy, but not inflammatory cytokines, may increase risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-020-09880-x

5. Renn, B. N., Obetz, V., & Feliciano, L. (2020). Comorbidity of depressive symptoms among primary care patients with diabetes in a federally qualified health center. Journal of Health Psychology, 25(9), 1303-1309.  doi.org/10.1177/1359105318755260