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Staff Information

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Christy Nishita, Ph.D

Interim Director at the University of Hawai‘i Center on Aging, and Researcher at the University of Hawai‘i Center on Disability Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She is a Board Member for the Hawai‘i Pacific Gerontological Society. She is interested in the delivery and effectiveness of long-term care services, aging in place, health promotion, and disease prevention.

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Marilyn Seely, MPH

Volunteer Advisor at the UH Center on Aging. She retired from Hawai‘i State government after nearly twenty years at the Executive Office on Aging (EOA). Marilyn served as the Director of the EOA for eight years and the remainder of her tenure there was as the state Long Term Care Planner. She received her MPH at the UH School of Public Health.

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Colette V. Browne, DrPH, MSW

Director Emeritus of the University of Hawai‘i Center on Aging. Professor and Chair of the Gerontology Program at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu. She holds a doctorate in Public Health from the John Burns A. School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i. 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 Hawai‘i in 1996.

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Kathryn L. Braun, DrPH

Director Emeritus of the University of Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i in 1998.

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Meredith Trockman, MA

A researcher at the University of Hawai‘i Center on Aging, as well as a lecturer in the Communicology Department, she received her MA in Communicology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is interested in the effectiveness of community-based programs, long-term care planning, and aging in place.





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