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Laura S. Lorenz, PhD, MEd
As of: 5-4-2019

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Training and Professional Development:       

Dr Laura Lorenz facilitates Photovoice trainings for medical schools, professional societies, community organizations, government agencies, and others. She provides Photovoice professional development for clinicians, researchers, educators, students, and managers. She serves on dissertation committees for doctoral students using Photovoice and other arts-based methods. Contact Laura to discuss Training/Professional development course possibilities at or visit our Contacts page (here).
Laura also offers online the professional development course 'Talking with Pictures: Photovoice' through the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Disability Studies, and through Photovoice Worldwide. Continuing education contact hours are available. For information please see the Current Upcoming Trainings Courses below.


Laura has served as a consultant on Photovoice projects, for example to:

  • Understand experiences of patients with anxiety disorder who seek cardiac care in the emergency department.
  • Mentor a K23 career development grantee to plan, conduct, and analyze data from a Photovoice project to understand perspectives of minority patients diagnosed with lupus on the social determinants of their health
  • Provide a service learning opportunity for college students using Photovoice to explore a career in elder services and improve social integration of elders.
  • Engage African immigrants in Greater Boston in documenting and reducing HIV-related stigma.
  • Evaluate state services for people with disabilities.

Contact Laura to discuss consulting possibilities at or visit our Contacts page (here).

Current Upcoming Training Courses:


'Talking with Pictures':  Photovoice Course  - Online.

PhotovoiceWorldwide, focused on the use of Photovoice in health and healthcare since 2002.

Learn about an innovative way to engage patients and the public in health!

This non-credit, online professional development course provides hands-on experience with adapting Photovoice to clinical care, programming, evaluation, and research. Upon completion, participants will have the knowledge, skills and tools to implement their Photovoice Plan. For 25 years, “Photovoice” has involved patients, youth, families and communities in exploring personal and public health. Photovoice generates powerful data (photos, captions) that help unite service providers, payers, and patients to address health and healthcare as shared endeavors. Photovoice is an innovative approach of value to organizations, patients, providers, policymakers, researchers, and communities. The interactive online format provides hands-on experience with adapting Photovoice to clinical care, programming, evaluation, and research.

New Classes  (July 18th - July 28th, 2019) and (July 30th - August 8th, 2019)  
Course Enrollment - Open5-Online sessions, 2 hours each.

CEs:  10 Continuing Education Contact Hours (Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers), for more info please click (here), contact the instructor regarding CEs for other disciplines.

Comments from course participants:  (sampling)

  • “A fantastic introduction to the methodology.” (Colombia)

  • “Well designed, practical, engaging, and supportive. It was great!” (University of Minnesota)

  • “I was energized and loved every minute.” (St. Leo University)

  • “Fabulous course that I would highly recommend!” (Boston College)

For more information about this course, testimonials, or to register please click here .  or the course title/logo above

Other Training Examples:

Below are brief descriptions of a sampling of trainings that Laura has facilitated. For more information please contact her at, or use our Online Contact form here. Visit the Projects section of this website here for examples of projects conducted using Photovoice.

bullet Photovoice: A Workshop (Broward County Children’s Services Council, Ft Lauderdale, FL) 2016

Description: This one-day Photovoice training was intended to support the programming and grant-making activities of non-profit organizations receiving grants from the Broward County Children’s Services Council. This one-day, hands-on, interactive workshop explored the foundations and Photovoice and shared photos from three Photovoice projects led by Dr. Lorenz in the US and South Africa since 2001 – with teenage girls, youth living with HIV/AIDS, and adult brain injury survivors. The workshop was intended to provide a solid understanding of this popular approach to participatory health and community research and its potential applications to improve health and welfare of children, youth and families in Broward County.

bullet Talking with Pictures: Concepts and Hands-on Experience (AMERSA: Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse) 2010 and 2011 

Description: A facilitated 90-minute seminar for clinicians and researchers in substance abuse, this workshop briefly covered the foundations of Photovoice, provided examples of photos and captions from work with brain injury survivors and people living with HIV/AIDS, and provided hands-on experience with several Photovoice steps: (a) becoming a visual researcher, (b) discussing images and writing captions, and (c) developing project themes. The workshop culminated in a brainstorming session on possibilities for adapting the Photovoice methodology to participants’ clinical, education, research, service, and evaluation programs. This seminar won the 'Best Workshop Award' at AMERSA’s 2010 national meeting.

bullet Visual Research Methods and the Study of Occupation (Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation, or SSO:USA, Portland, Oregon) 2012

Description: This institute covered the foundations of visual methods and provided hands-on, interactive experience with several visual research steps, with a particular focus on analyzing images and text and the use of theory for analysis purposes. The institute culminated in a brainstorming session on possibilities for adapting visual methods of research to the study of occupation, and potential funding and publication opportunities for studies using visual research methods.

bullet Engaging the Public in Health and Community: A Photovoice Workshop (Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska) 2010

Description: This one-day workshop covered the foundations of Photovoice, a participatory action research process in which people represent their points of view and experience using photographs and captions. Purposes can include defining strengths and gaps in health and healthcare as they relate to participants’ daily lives. Workshop elements included: foundations of Photovoice, and hands-on experience with Photovoice steps, from becoming a visual researcher to ethical considerations, taking photographs, discussing images and writing captions, outreach, and options for analyzing photos and text. The workshop culminated in a brainstorming session on using Photovoice in remote/rural/health/healthcare research.

bullet Photovoice Facilitator Workshop (Massachusetts Systems Transformation Grant, UMASS Medical School) 2009

Description: This one-day workshop was intended to prepare staff and consultants responsible for leading five Photovoice projects throughout Massachusetts to understand the perspectives of people living with chronic conditions and disabilities on the long-term services and supports intended to support their health and quality of life. The workshop covered the foundations of Photovoice and the 5 Core Consumer Outcome domains of the MA Systems Transformation Grant, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).


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