Dr. Laukkanen is a Clinical Professor of Optometry at Pacific University; Chief, Vision Therapy Services; Course Master & senior lecturer: Eval & Mgmt of Patients with Perceptual Problems, Neuro-rehabilitative Optometry, Multidisciplinary Service; Charter member of Pacific’s internationally recognized Vision Performance Institute. Past research has resulted in dozens of published articles in scientific journals as well as book chapters. Editor and major contributor to a book on perceptual testing used in optometric education. Consulting work for attorneys and their clients and the State of Oregon regarding brain injury vision issues. Served as peer reviewer for several journals.
Presented hundreds of scientific lectures and courses to health professionals from many different disciplines at conferences and medical facilities internationally and in the U.S. Board of directors for Northwest Congress of Optometry, and BIRRDsong (brain-injury organization). Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and College of Optometrists in Vision Development (pending).
Past volunteer for humanitarian eye-care missions to Eastern Europe, Central America, & Mexico, as well as Special Olympics.Wounded Warrior volunteer provider at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Numerous grants & awards including the Rosenthal Award, Award for Advancement of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation, Recognition Award for Contribution to Development of the TBI Vision Care Clinic and Support and Care of Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Born in Astoria, Oregon, of Finnish parentage Dr. Laukkanen enjoys skiing, scuba, gardening, fishing and, admittedly, driving too fast.
An accomplished writer, Dr. Laukkanen recounts his adventures as a snag diver up and down the lower Columbia River for nearly 3-decades in "Bubbles From a Snag Diver" which originally appeared in 2003 in the Clatsop County Historical Society Quarterly and the Columbia River Gillnetter. Read the article: "Bubbles From a Snag Diver" (pdf).
What does he enjoy most about teaching at the College of Optometry?
“The best reward is seeing the tinder of “a commitment to life long learning,” ignite in my students with the humble hope that perhaps I have contributed.”
MEd, Pacific University, 1994
Teaching Fellow, Pacific University, 1984-86
OD, Pacific University, 1984
BS, Pacific University, 1983
BS, University of Oregon, 1974