Leilani Feliciano, PhD

Leilani Feliciano



Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Western Michigan University, 2005
Area: Clinical Psychology; mental health and aging; behavioral gerontology
Therapy orientation: Behavioral
Office: Columbine Hall 4049
Phone: (719) 255-4174
Email: lfelicia@uccs.edu

Dr. Leilani Feliciano came to UCCS in 2007 from the University of California, San Francisco, where she completed a two-year NIMH sponsored post-doctoral fellowship. This research fellowship focused on developing partnerships with community agencies and research with underserved populations. Dr. Feliciano earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI in 2005. She obtained her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in behavioral medicine in 2000 from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Prior to her graduate training, she completed her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Feliciano teaches undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology (senior seminar) and the psychology of diversity. She teaches graduate courses in the clinical skills laboratory, psychology of aging II, cultural and family diversity (professional development II), and she supervises a clinical practicum rotation through the UCCS Aging Center and Peak Vista Community Health Centers.

Dr. Feliciano's research program broadly targets mental and physical health, cognition, and aging. Her primary research interest is in studying and applying behavioral interventions for clinical problems and mental disorders in older adults. Specific areas of interest include late-life depression, co-morbid psychological and medical problems, and behavioral problems associated with dementia. Dr. Feliciano has many years of experience as a behavior specialist working with older adults with dementia, developmental disabilities, and adults with severe mental illness designing behavior modification programs, training staff, implementing interventions, and outcome evaluation.

Her program of research has two goals: 1) behavioral interventions for the prevention and management of medical problems and/or their symptoms and 2) behavioral management of problem behaviors in adults with cognitive impairments or other mental disorders and their caregivers. Dr. Feliciano's current projects include the behavioral and environmental management of type II diabetes in older adults, disseminating strategies for managing depression and problem behaviors associated with dementia to caregivers in long-term care, and examining the utility of different screening measures for cognitive impairment in elders.

Research Areas:

Clinical psychology, mental health and aging, and behavioral gerontology.

Representative Publications:

Steers, M. E., Renn, B. N., & Feliciano, L.  (2013). Increasing nutritional adherence in an African American woman with type 2 diabetes. Clinical Case Studies. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/ 1534650113514291

Feliciano, L., Horning, S. M., Klebe, K. J., Anderson, S. L., Cornwell, R. E., & Davis, H. P. (2013). Concurrent validity of the SLUMS and MMSE among older adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(7), 623-630.

Renn, B.N., Feliciano, L., & Segal, D.L. (2011). The Bidirectional Relationships of Depression and Diabetes: A Systematic Review. Manuscript in press.

Feliciano, L., Baker, J. C., Anderson, S. L., LeBlanc, L. L., & Orchanian, D. (2011). Concurrent validity of the Cognitive Assessment of Minnesota in older adults with and without depressive symptoms.  Journal of Aging Research, 2011. doi:10.4061/2011/853624

Silva-Smith, A., Feliciano, L., Anderson, L., Hiroto, K. E., Kluge, M., Yochim, B. P., & Qualls, S. A. (2011).  An interdisciplinary wellness model in senior housing The Gerontologist.  Advance online publication.  doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq117

Feliciano, L., LeBlanc, L. A., & Feeney, B.  (2010).  Assessment and management of barriers to fluid intake in community dwelling older adults.  Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine, 1, 3-14.

Mackin, R.S., Ayalon, L., Feliciano, L., & Areán, P.A. (2010).  The sensitivity and specificity of cognitive screening instruments to detect cognitive impairment in older adults with severe psychiatric illness.   The Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 23(2), 94-99.

Feliciano, L., Steers, M. E., Elite-Marcandonatou, A., McLane, M., & Arean, P. A. (2009).  Applications of preference assessment procedures in depression and agitation management in elders with dementia. Clinical Gerontologist, 32(3), 239-259.

Ayalon, L., Gum, A., Feliciano, L., & Areán, P. A. (2006).  The effectiveness of nonpharmacological interventions for the management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia: A systematic review.  Archives of Internal Medicine, 166, 2182-2188.

LeBlanc, L. A., Cherup, S. M., Feliciano, L., & Sidener, T. M. (2006).  An evaluation of the utility of choice assessments in increasing activity engagement and positive affect in elders with dementia.  American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 21(5), 318-325.

Feliciano, L., Vore, J., LeBlanc, L. A., & Baker, J. C. (2004).  Decreasing entry into a restricted area using a cloth barrier.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 37(1), 107-110.

Representative Book Chapters:

Feliciano, L., Renn, B. N., & Areán, P. A. (2013).  Mood disorders: Depressive disorders. In M. Hersen, S.M. Turner, & D. C. Beidel (Eds.) Adult psychopathology and diagnosis (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

LeBlanc, L. A., Raetz, P., & Feliciano, L. (2011). Behavioral Gerontology. In W. W. Fisher, C. C. Piazza, and H. Roane (Eds), Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.

Feliciano, L., Segal, D.L., & C. L. Vair (2011).  Major Depressive Disorder.  In S.A.Lauderdale & K.H. Sorocco (Eds.) Implementing CBT for Older Adults: Innovations Across Care Settings (pp. 31-64).  New York: Springer.

Feliciano, L., Yochim, B. P., Steers, M.E., Jay, A.A., & Segal, D.L. (2011).  Older adults. In J.C. Thomas & M. Hersen (Eds.) Understanding Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (2nd ed., pp. 453-480). New York: Taylor and Francis Group.

Feliciano, L., & Gum, A. M. (2010). Mood disorders. In M. Hersen and D.L. Segal (Eds). Diagnostic Interviewing (4th Ed.) (pp. 153-176). New York: Springer.

Arean, P. A., & Feliciano, L. (2008). Cognitive therapy for depression with special populations: Older adults. In M. A. Whisman (ed.) Cognitive Therapy for Complex and Comorbid Depression: Assessment and Treatment. New York, NY: Guilford Publishers.

Ayalon, L., Feliciano, L., & Areán, P. A. (2006).  Aging changes that affect communication.  In K. L. Mauk (Ed.) Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care (pp. 87-119).  Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.