Lavinia Fiorentino

TitleAssociate Clinical Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0658
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Dr. Lavinia Fiorentino is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”, in Italy. She pursued a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology at CSU Northridge and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with specialty in Experimental Psychopathology, from the UCSD and SDSU JDP. She completed an APA clinical internship at Brown University, in Rhode Island, with specialty in Behavioral Medicine, and two post-doctoral training fellowships: one in Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, and one in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCSD. Dr. Fiorentino enjoys clinical work, teaching and research. Her research has been primarily in behavioral medicine and health psychology and has focused on sleep, cancer, older adults, quality of life and behavioral treatment development. She has co-authored over 25 scientific publications and book chapters. Her clinical research efforts were recognized by the American Psycho-Social Oncology Society with the 2013 Clinical Service Young Scholar Award for her insomnia treatment program implementation at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. In her private life Dr. Fiorentino enjoys being a mom, dancing and the outdoors.

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    1. Fung CH, Martin JL, Josephson K, Fiorentino L, Dzierzewski JM, Jouldjian S, Song Y, Rodriguez Tapia JC, Mitchell MN, Alessi CA. Cognitive Expectancies for Hypnotic Use among Older Adult Veterans with Chronic Insomnia. Clin Gerontol. 2018 Mar-Apr; 41(2):130-135. PMID: 28960164.
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    2. Alessi C, Martin JL, Fiorentino L, Fung CH, Dzierzewski JM, Rodriguez Tapia JC, Song Y, Josephson K, Jouldjian S, Mitchell MN. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Older Veterans Using Nonclinician Sleep Coaches: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Sep; 64(9):1830-8. PMID: 27550552.
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    3. Fung CH, Martin JL, Josephson K, Fiorentino L, Dzierzewski JM, Jouldjian S, Tapia JC, Mitchell MN, Alessi C. Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Older Adults With Occult Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Psychosom Med. 2016 Jun; 78(5):629-39. PMID: 27136498; PMCID: PMC4891271 [Available on 06/01/17].
    4. Jain S, Boyd C, Fiorentino L, Khorsan R, Crawford C. Are there efficacious treatments for treating the fatigue-sleep disturbance-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer patients? A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Literature (REAL(©)). Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press). 2015; 7:267-91. PMID: 26379445; PMCID: PMC4567232.
    5. Liu L, Rissling M, Neikrug A, Fiorentino L, Natarajan L, Faierman M, Sadler GR, Dimsdale JE, Mills PJ, Parker BA, Ancoli-Israel S. Fatigue and Circadian Activity Rhythms in Breast Cancer Patients Before and After Chemotherapy: A Controlled Study. Fatigue. 2013; 1(1-2):12-26. PMID: 23412418.
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    6. Liu L, Fiorentino L, Rissling M, Natarajan L, Parker BA, Dimsdale JE, Mills PJ, Sadler GR, Ancoli-Israel S. Decreased health-related quality of life in women with breast cancer is associated with poor sleep. Behav Sleep Med. 2013; 11(3):189-206. PMID: 23205513.
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    7. Fung CH, Martin JL, Chung C, Fiorentino L, Mitchell M, Josephson KR, Jouldjian S, Alessi C. Sleep disturbance among older adults in assisted living facilities. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Jun; 20(6):485-93. PMID: 22531104; PMCID: PMC3358504.
    8. Liu L, Mills PJ, Rissling M, Fiorentino L, Natarajan L, Dimsdale JE, Sadler GR, Parker BA, Ancoli-Israel S. Fatigue and sleep quality are associated with changes in inflammatory markers in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Brain Behav Immun. 2012 Jul; 26(5):706-13. PMID: 22406004; PMCID: PMC3372667.
    9. Liu L, Rissling M, Natarajan L, Fiorentino L, Mills PJ, Dimsdale JE, Sadler GR, Parker BA, Ancoli-Israel S. The longitudinal relationship between fatigue and sleep in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Sleep. 2012 Feb 01; 35(2):237-45. PMID: 22294814; PMCID: PMC3250363.
    10. Fiorentino L, Saxbe D, Alessi CA, Woods DL, Martin JL. Diurnal cortisol and functional outcomes in post-acute rehabilitation patients. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Jun; 67(6):677-82. PMID: 22219521; PMCID: PMC3348493.
    11. Martin JL, Fiorentino L, Jouldjian S, Mitchell M, Josephson KR, Alessi CA. Poor self-reported sleep quality predicts mortality within one year of inpatient post-acute rehabilitation among older adults. Sleep. 2011 Dec 01; 34(12):1715-21. PMID: 22131610; PMCID: PMC3208850.
    12. Fiorentino L, Rissling M, Liu L, Ancoli-Israel S. The Symptom Cluster of Sleep, Fatigue and Depressive Symptoms in Breast Cancer Patients: Severity of the Problem and Treatment Options. Drug Discov Today Dis Models. 2011; 8(4):167-173. PMID: 22140397.
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    13. Fiorentino L, McQuaid JR, Liu L, Natarajan L, He F, Cornejo M, Lawton S, Parker BA, Sadler GR, Ancoli-Israel S. Individual cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled crossover pilot study. Nat Sci Sleep. 2010; 2:1-8. PMID: 23616695; PMCID: PMC3630926.
    14. Fiorentino L, Martin JL. Awake at 4 AM: treatment of insomnia with early morning awakenings among older adults. J Clin Psychol. 2010 Nov; 66(11):1161-74. PMID: 20845423; PMCID: PMC3377480.
    15. Martin JL, Fiorentino L, Jouldjian S, Josephson KR, Alessi CA. Sleep quality in residents of assisted living facilities: effect on quality of life, functional status, and depression. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 May; 58(5):829-36. PMID: 20722819; PMCID: PMC3377484.
    16. Liu L, Fiorentino L, Natarajan L, Parker BA, Mills PJ, Sadler GR, Dimsdale JE, Rissling M, He F, Ancoli-Israel S. Pre-treatment symptom cluster in breast cancer patients is associated with worse sleep, fatigue and depression during chemotherapy. Psychooncology. 2009 Feb; 18(2):187-94. PMID: 18677716; PMCID: PMC2762479.
    17. Ancoli-Israel S, Palmer BW, Cooke JR, Corey-Bloom J, Fiorentino L, Natarajan L, Liu L, Ayalon L, He F, Loredo JS. Cognitive effects of treating obstructive sleep apnea in Alzheimer's disease: a randomized controlled study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Nov; 56(11):2076-81. PMID: 18795985; PMCID: PMC2585146.
    18. Fiorentino L, Ancoli-Israel S. Sleep dysfunction in patients with cancer. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2007 Sep; 9(5):337-46. PMID: 17716597; PMCID: PMC2951736.
    19. Fiorentino L, Ancoli-Israel S. Insomnia and its treatment in women with breast cancer. Sleep Med Rev. 2006 Dec; 10(6):419-29. PMID: 16963293; PMCID: PMC2757010.
    20. Cooke JR, Loredo JS, Liu L, Marler M, Corey-Bloom J, Fiorentino L, Harrison T, Ancoli-Israel S. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and sleep architecture in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Drugs Aging. 2006; 23(6):503-11. PMID: 16872233.
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    21. Fiorentino L, Marler M, Stepnowsky C, Johnson S, Ancoli-Israel S. Sleep in older African Americans and Caucasians at risk for sleep-disordered breathing. Behav Sleep Med. 2006; 4(3):164-78. PMID: 16879080.
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    22. Ancoli-Israel S, Liu L, Marler MR, Parker BA, Jones V, Sadler GR, Dimsdale J, Cohen-Zion M, Fiorentino L. Fatigue, sleep, and circadian rhythms prior to chemotherapy for breast cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2006 Mar; 14(3):201-9. PMID: 16010529; PMCID: PMC1599708.
    23. Liu L, Marler MR, Parker BA, Jones V, Johnson S, Cohen-Zion M, Fiorentino L, Sadler GR, Ancoli-Israel S. The relationship between fatigue and light exposure during chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2005 Dec; 13(12):1010-7. PMID: 15864659; PMCID: PMC1599705.