Center on Aging Staff

Christy Nishita, Ph.D.

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Interim Director at the University of HawaiÊ»i Center on Aging, and Associate Specialist at the University of HawaiÊ»i Center on Disability Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Her focus is on improving community-based long-term care, with publications on aging in place, nursing home transitions, intergenerational programming, and health promotion. She is the consultant and evaluator for Honolulu’s Age-Friendly City Initiative, backed by Mayor Caldwell and AARP Hawaii. Dr. Nishita is also Principal Investigator for Hawaii’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, a 3-year grant from the Federal Administration for Community Living. She is also evaluator for the Hawaii Going Home Plus project, a federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Money Follows the Person grant. She is the recipient of the 2016 Na Lima Kokua Award in the Research/Teaching category, given by the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. She is also Coordinator for the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, From the Field section as well as member of the Gerontological Society of America’s Intergenerational Learning and Research Committee.

Kathryn L. Braun, DrPH

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Co-Chair of the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment and Director Emeritus of the University of Hawaiʻi Center on Aging and Professor of Public Health. Her research focuses on Asian and Pacific Island aging, with publications exploring ethnic differences in life expectancy and mortality as well as cultural variations in disease perceptions and health practices. She is author of the faculty and study guides associated with the telecourse, Growing Old in a New Age, and co-editor of the books, Cultural Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making and Teaching Students Geriatric Research. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and received a Board of Regent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Hawaiʻi in 1998.

Noreen Mokuau, DSW

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Dean of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and Co-Chair for the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment. As a Native Hawaiian woman, she is committed to social work education that is anchored in excellence and founded in the unique attributes of Hawai‘i and the Pacific-Asia region.  Dr. Mokuau has edited three books, published numerous journal articles, book chapters and technical reports, and given many presentations on cultural competency and social services for Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans. Her work on aging, with attention to Native Hawaiian elders, is reflected in the last decade, with her role in federally funded Hā Kūpuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, and her collaborative scholarship with two of the former directors of the COA, Professors Colette Browne and Kathryn Braun.

Colette V. Browne, DrPH, MSW

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Director Emeritus of the University of Hawaiʻi Center on Aging. Professor and Chair of the Gerontology Program at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi in Honolulu. She holds a doctorate in Public Health from the John Burns A. School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi. Dr. Browne is the author of more than 70 publications in gerontology, ethnogerontology, critical theory in aging, long-term care workforce issues, and feminist theory. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and received a Board of Regent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Hawaiʻi in 1996.

Zeyana Saad-Jube, Ph.D.

Institutional Support of University of Hawaiʻi Center on Aging.She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and currently pursuing an MPH in Health Policy and Management at UH School of Public Health.