Psychology
Mel Joseph Ciena

Mel Joseph Ciena

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Ciena is a native New Yorker who has been teaching at University of San Francisco since 1991.He has been honored with the Distinguished Lecturer Award and the Dean's College Service Award. Dr. Ciena Received his B.A and M.A in Experimental Psychology from California State University. He received an M.A. and his Ph.D. in Psychological Studies and Developmental Psychology from Stanford University where he was a Phi Delta Kappa Stanford Fellow. He received an Outstanding Dedication in Teaching award at Oxman College where he also was a keynote speaker at Oxman College Graduation in 2009. He has been honored with the Outstanding Instructor Award at San Jose City College where he is also in The Hall of Fame. Dr. Ciena is quadrilingual, French, Spanish, Polish and English. His Research interests include motivation and orientation in second language acquisition and how children learn from a cognitive and brain based point of view.