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Welcome to The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work



Noreen Mokuau

Dean’s Welcome
From Hale to Kauhale

Welina me ke aloha,

Mahalo piha for your interest in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The vision of the School is “achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and citizens in a changing world.” We are dedicated to providing an academic experience in social work, public health and gerontology that is anchored in excellence. We recognize that people who benefit from our work are our ʻohana and neighbors who experience devastating problems of poverty, homelessness, domestic violence; debilitating illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and dementia; and traumatic natural disasters. It is also the global community who require support and advocacy in population-based health. With Hawaiʻi being one of the most racially/ethnically diverse state in the United States, our unique focus is on resolving problems and building resiliency in a culturally diverse world, with specific attention to Native Hawaiians and indigenous wisdom and perspectives.

The Department of Social Work distinguishes itself as the only higher education unit in the Pacific Basin region with three programs articulating undergraduate and graduate education. The undergraduate (BSW), and graduate (MSW, PhD) programs prepare students to be educated global citizens who advance social justice. Our BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to 2018, and are currently undergoing reaffirmation.

The Office of Public Health Studies is renowned for preparing public health leaders with undergraduate (BA) and graduate degrees including the master of public health (MPH), master of science (MS) in public health, and doctor of philosophy (PhD). Our Public Health program has been reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health for a seven-year term, extending to July 1, 2022.

The Center on Aging is a catalyst for education that enhances the well-being of older adults and those involved in eldercare. The COA is committed to interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research, educational programs, and service to the community, with a focus on the multicultural populations of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific region.

We stand paʻa (steadfast) in our commitment to grow educational excellence through partnerships, and we strive to do so by expanding our hale (house) to become a kauhale (village). It will take a kauhale to solve the intractable social and health problems facing us today.

Me ka ʻoiaʻiʻo,

Noreen Mokuau, DSW
Dean and Professor
Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed Co-Chair in Aging


Department of Social Work News Briefs
2018 PhD New Student Orientation

Six continuing and new PhD students standing behind three faculty sitting in front row


Back row students standing: Katinka Hammerich (continuing PhD student), Tyran Terada (new PhD student), Mei Linn Park (new PhD student), Jin Young Seo (new PhD student), Uyanga Batzogs (new PhD student), Mathew Garrido (continuing PhD student). Front row sitting: Dean Mokuau, Prof. Jing Guo (PhD Chair), Jen Kishida.
2018 PhD New Student Orientation

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work welcomed four new PhD students on August 16, 2018, at the new student orientation. Welcome to Tyran Terada, Mei Linn Park, Jin Young Seo, and Uyanga Batzogs.
2018 BSW New Student Orientation

BSW chair, Michael DeMattos addressing the new BSW students at orientation

BSW chair, Michael DeMattos addressing the new BSW students.
2018 BSW New Student Orientation

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held an orientation for new BSW students on August 10, 2018. During the orientation, students were able to meet some of the faculty and learn what is expected from the program.

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2018 MSW New Student Orientation

Dean Noreen Mokuau addressing new msw students at orientation

Dean Noreen Mokuau addressing new msw students at orientation.
2018 MSW New Student Orientation

On August 6th and 7th, 2018, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held an orientation for new Masters in Social Work Students. Students were able to meet the MBTSSW faculty and find out what they need to do to get through the program.

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BSW Student Receives Prestigious Presidential Scholarship

BSW student, Justin Ho with UH Regent, Ernie Wilson and Dean Noreen Mokuau
L to R: Justin Ho (BSW Student), Ernie Wilson (UH Regent), Dean Noreen Mokuau (MBTSSW)
BSW Student Receives Prestigious Presidential Scholarship

Justin Ho, a first year BSW student, received 1 of only 10 UH System Presidential Scholarships. The scholarship includes full tuition and a one-time travel grant. Dean Mokuau joined UH Regent Ernie Wilson, Justin, and his parents for the UH awards dinner. Justin credits his SW 200 instructor with igniting his interest in social work.
UH School of Social Work Receives Maximum Reaccreditation

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UH School of Social Work Receives Maximum Reaccreditation

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work’s bachelor and master’s programs have each received a full eight-year reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education. In addition, the bachelor’s program received approval for an inaugural undergraduate distance education option effective in the 2018 fall semester. Dean Noreen Mokuau notes that these achievements reflect the “poʻokela (outstanding) efforts of faculty, staff, students, and partners in fostering educational excellence.” In particular, she notes the strong leadership of Mr. Mike DeMattos, Dr. Meripa Godinet, Dr. Seunghye Hong, Ms. Theresa Kreif, Dr. Rebecca Stotzer and Ms. Jill Sur in reaffirmation and innovative distance education.

With social work among the fastest growing occupations in the nation – the predicted growth rate is 19 percent from 2012 to 2022 – the School continues its efforts to create opportunities for increased access to a social work degree. In 2017, the school ranked in the top 24 percent of all graduate social work programs in the nation according to US News & World Report. This ranking, combined with its eight-year reaccreditation, highlights the School’s capacity to support the next generation of social workers.

To read the full article on the UH News website, please click on this link.
2018 MBTSSW Convocation

MSW Students

PhD Students with their Committee Chairs
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2018 MBTSSW Convocation

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held a convocation ceremony for the graduating BSW and MSW students. The ceremony was held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the UH Campus Center Ballroom.

BSW Students
BSW Convocation
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2018 Field Instructor Luncheon

2018 Field Instructor Luncheon

On Thursday, May 3, 2018 the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held an appreciation lunch for our valuable Field Instructors. Alika Campbell, Robert Boyack, and Terilyn Lum were honored as the MBTSSW 2018 Field Instructor of the Year. The luncheon was held at the Willows restaurant.

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Nu Sigma Induction Ceremony and Dinner

New Inductees
Group photo of new inductees

New inductees with Nu Sigma Chapter Officers
New inductees with Nu Sigma Chapter officers
Nu Sigma Induction Ceremony and Dinner

On April 21, 2018, the Nu Sigma Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honors Society for Social Work held a dinner and Induction Ceremony at McCoy Pavilion. Twenty new members with their invited family and friends were treated to a buffet style dinner and handmade natural soap gift bags (mahalo e Kalawai`a Goo). Ti leaf leis made by Nu Sigma members and Phi Alpha certificates were presented during the induction ceremony. Mahalo nui for the collective efforts of all contributing members and to Nu Sigma Officers, Kaytie Huyng, Brandi Yamamoto, Kelli Anne Ganeku, Natalie Joy Badua, David Nakao, Nikki Woolsey, Shereen Doi, Tiffany Marie Salvador, and Candace Young.
Options in Health Professions

Health Professions Representatives
Health Professions Representatives

Lisa Kehl presents on the different roles of a Public Health professional
Lisa Kehl presents on the different roles of a Public Health professional
Options in Health Professions

On April 12, 2018, fifty-two students from the Farrington High School Health Academy participated with representatives of different UHM programs in an Options in Health Professions presentation. Professional representatives included, Sheri Gon (Medical Technology), Lisa Kehl (Public Health and MSW alumni), Rachel Lindsey (Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science), Amy Lower (Communication Sciences & Disorders), Jenee Odani (Pre-Veterinary Sciences), Carlyn Okatomi & Gary Glauberman (Nursing), Mari Ono (Social Work), and Erica (Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center). Health Academy Advisors, Glenda Lau, Gwen Oshita, and Erin Kamikawa have been affiliated with the Farrington HS Health Academy for many years. Students participated in an interdisciplinary case study discussion, a "speed dating" exercise to explore different professions, and a "speed tour" of the UHM campus and services.
MBTSSW Dean and Faculty Present at the Western Consortium Social Work Grand Challenges

MBTSSW Dean and Faculty Present at the Western Consortium Social Work Grand Challenges

Dean Mokuau and Dr. Hong participated in the Western Consortium Social Work Grand Challenges at Portland State University in March 2018. Over 40 social work educators from nine western states gathered to discuss the role, relevance, and adoption of the Grand Challenges. Noreen and Seunghye presented on the Health Equity Grand Challenge as specific to Native Hawaiians.
UH Center on Aging recently hosted visiting colleague, Kohei Kajiwara, PhD

UH COA, Left to right  Dean Mokuau, Dr. Kajiwara, Dr. Perkinson Pictured here: Dean Noreen Mokuau, Dr. Kohei Kajiwara, and Dr. Margaret A. Perkinson
UH Center on Aging recently hosted visiting colleague, Kohei Kajiwara, PhD

UH Center on Aging recently hosted visiting colleague, Kohei Kajiwara, PhD, faculty member of Hiroshima University, Japan. During his 10-day visit, Dr. Kajiwara presented on aging in Japan and his dementia caregiving research and met with various UH researchers and members of the local aging network.
Bishop Isao Ito visits the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Bishop Ito bowing to students
Bishop Isao Ito visits the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work

Bishop Isao Ito, Chairman of the Univers Foundation (Japan) visited the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Dean Mokuau, Department of Social Work Faculty, Staff, and students were pleased to share a Mele Aloha with Bishop.

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Ito Family Foundation Scholarship Awardees AY 2017-2018

Ito Scholarship Awardees

Pictured: Cathy Iwai, Executive Director, Ito Foundation; Mari Ono, Dir. of DSW Student Services; Noreen Mokuau, Dean, MBT School of Social Work; Jasmin Chang and Paul Richard Cassiday III, MSW Scholarship Awardees
Ito Family Foundation Scholarship Awardees AY 2017-2018

MSW students, Jasmin Chang and Paul Richard "Malu" Cassiday III were this year's recipients of the Gordon and June Ito Foundation Scholarship for Social Work. They were honored at the annual holiday celebration hosted by the Ito Family Foundation on December 8, 2017.

Congratulations to Jasmin and Malu!
ʻOhana Day 2018

2018 Ohana Day Group Picture
ʻOhana Day 2018

Congratulations to the BSWO, GSO & Nu Sigma Phi Alpha organizations for a successful ʻOhana Day at Magic Island. It was so nice to see many of our students who are new to Oahu bring their family and friends too! A special shout-out to Darlene Miranda, Nikki Woolsey, Kai Derrickson and Kaytie Huynh for organizing and supporting this event -- It was a perfect location and easy to find! And a big mahalo to our faculty/staff who were able to come out and participate!

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MBT SSW Professor featured in CNN.com Article

Dr. Christabel Cheung

Dr. Christabel Cheung
MBT SSW Professor featured in CNN.com Article

Assistant Professor Christabel Cheung shares her personal and professional research experience with CNN.com "Today, Cheung calls herself an "embodied researcher": essentially, a researcher who is also a cancer patient.

"I'm really interested in the financial toxicity of cancer in this age group," she said. Those who become cancer patients at a young age find their school and/or work lives disrupted. And, unlike the majority of people who develop cancer -- elderly people -- teen and young adult patients usually lack a reserve of cash to pay for their treatments and out-of-work time."

To read the entire article, please go to: http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/20/health/teen-young-adult-cancer/index.html.
PhD Student Successfully Defends Dissertation

Committee members Dr. Seunghye Hong (left) and Dr. Jing Guo (right) with Vijaya Perumal


Committee members Dr. Seunghye Hong (left) and Dr. Jing Guo (right) with Vijaya Perumal
PhD Student Successfully Defends Dissertation

Vijaya Perumal successfully defended her final oral examination titled "Gender, Perceived Health Status, and Social Support Amongst Oahu's Homeless" on November 21, 2017. The Chair of her committee was Dr. Meda Chesney-Lind. Committee Members included Dr. Brad Nakamura, Dr. Seunghye Hong, Dr. Jing Guo, and Dr. Bum Jung Kim.

Congratulations to Dr. Vijaya Perumal!

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Pizza with Professionals

Pizza with Professionals
Pizza with Professionals

Kathleen Rhoads Merriam, LSW (Class of 2012) was a guest panelist at the "Pizza with Professionals" event coordinated through the Manoa Sophomore Experience (Office of Undergraduate Education) on October 29, 2017.

Students were invited to meet and interview alumni who were currently in the workforce. Kathleen works for the Dept. of Health, Adult Mental Health Division and continues to be a dedicated ambassador for our profession and our School. Mahalo nui Kathleen!
MBTSSW Professor Apointed to State's Elderly Affairs Policy Board

The Hon. Derrick Chan, Dr. Colette Browne, Gov. David Ige
Pictured: The Hon. Derrick Chan, Dr. Colette Browne, Gov. David Ige
MBTSSW Professor Apointed to State's Elderly Affairs Policy Board

Governor David Ige has appointed Dr. Colette Browne to the State's Policy Board for Elderly Affairs. Previously, Dr. Browne was a gubernatorial appointee by Governors Ariyoshi, Waihee, and Cayetano. The Board's has a social policy and advocacy function on behalf of the state's older adults and families. She was recently elected to serve as its second Vice Chair.
MBTSSW 80th Anniversary Gala

mbtssw 80th anniversary gala honorees
MBTSSW 80th Anniversary Gala

On Friday, October 28, 2016 the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held their 80th Anniversary Gala at the Japanese Cultural Center, Manoa Grand Ballroom. The Gala honored Clorinda Low Lucas, Senator Susie Chun Oakland, and The Queen’s Health Systems. Proceeds from the event will go to support an 80th Anniversary endowed student scholarship.

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MBTSSW Reorganized to Include Public Health and Center on Aging

SSW, Public Health, and Center on Aging Image


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MBTSSW Reorganized to Include Public Health and Center on Aging

Effective July 1, 2016, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (MBT SSW) has been reorganized and is now home to the Department of Social Work, the Office of Public Health Studies and the Center on Aging. Noreen Mokuau continues as Dean. The shared vision of the MBT SSW and its units is “achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and citizens in a changing world.”

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Kenneth Yeung of the Prince of Peace Foundation Donation to the School of Socia Work

Kenneth Yeung with Dean Noreen Mokuau and Prof. Jing Guo

(L to R) Kenneth Yeung with Dean Noreen Mokuau and Prof. Jing Guo
Kenneth Yeung of the Prince of Peace Foundation Donation to the School of Socia Work

Kenneth Yeung of POP’s Foundation has donated $50,000 to support his alma mater, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. In recognition of his gift, the Learning Zone Classroom 102 in Gartley Hall has been named after Yeung’s non-profit orphanage in China, “Prince of Peace Children’s Home.”

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Prince of Peace Donataion

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