Dr. Diana Luan

Senior Research Fellow

photo of Dr. Diana Luan Phone: 202-685-5217
Email: Diana.Luan@ndu.edu
Areas of Expertise:
Health; Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Currently Dr. Diana Luan is a Senior Research Fellow for Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Public Health for the Center for Technology & National Security Policy (CTNSP). As a Senior Research Fellow she researches strategies for engaging with partner nations using disaster preparedness and public health as the core themes and applying systems thinking to the development and evaluation of global health policies and engagements. Prior to her current position she was the Education Director at the USUHS Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) where she managed the development of curriculum related to global public health, humanitarian assistance and disaster response programs, and medical support to stability operations. Programs were based on educational and adult learning theory; translating educational needs into clear, concise competencies and learning objectives.

As an assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Division of Global Health Dr. Luan developed and coordinated the competency-based education and training requirements for a global health degree program. The program is designed to provide leaders with the capabilities to manage and direct the whole of government response to global health and issues associated with stability operations, security, transition and reconstruction, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

Before joining USUHS, she was engaged in clinical quality improvement and patient safety for the DoD Military Health System and the Veterans Administration. She was directly responsible for the development of training courses related to patient safety and quality improvement and was responsible for the piloting of the “Clinical Microsystem Framework” in multiple DOD facilities, where she facilitated improvement of care processes and health outcomes.

Dr. Luan earned her B.A. in Biology from The University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Southern California. Additional she has holds an M.P.A from the University of Southern California in Health Policy and Intergovernmental Management and an M.S. in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth College where she also obtained her PhD after having studied a shared mental model of infection on the process of care and the nosocomial infection rates in neonatal intensive care units. Dr. Luan is also a registered nurse.