Graduate Faculty Research Areas

*Asterisk indicates eligibility to Chair Dissertation Committees

Graduate Faculty & Research Areas
NAME
RESEARCH PROGRAMS
POSSIBLE RESEARCH TOPICS FOR WHICH RESEARCH SUPERVISION WILL BE PROVIDED TO PH.D STUDENTS
Kathryn Braun*
Professor of Public Health

DrPH, MPH, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gerontology

Developing and testing interventions

Participatory research
Ethnogerontology

Health disparities

End-of-life
Colette Browne* Professor

DrPH, MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

MEd, University of Massachusetts
Long-term Care

Native Hawaiian and Asian American health and caregiving issues

Gender and Aging
Elder health, long-term care, and caregiving

Poverty and older adults

Globalization, immigration, and elder care

Gender, aging, and social policy
Barry Coyne*
Associate Specialist

PhD, MS, Washington State University
Corrections case management

Sex offender treatment
Corrections

Mental health issues in corrections

Sex offender treatment and management
Aileen Duldulao
Assistant Professor

PhD, MSW, University of Washington
Immigration

Mental health

Health disparities

Asian and Pacific Islanders

Quantitative research methods
Information forthcoming
Meripa Godinet*
Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Washington

MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Social and adjustment issues of Pacific Islanders

Disproportionality of Pacific Islandersí in child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Child Welfare
Risk and protective factors on delinquency

Social and adjustment issues of Pacific Islanders

Disproportionality of Pacific Islandersí in child welfare and juvenile justice systems
Jing Guo
Assistant Professor

PhD, MA, University of California at Berkeley
Social policy

Child and family issues

International/comparative social welfare
Social policy and policy analysis

Child welfare policy

International social welfare
Seunghye Hong
Assistant Professor

PhD, MA, University of Washington
Neighborhood contexts

Immigration

Mental health

Community-based practice

Research methodology
Information forthcoming
Violet Horvath
Distance Education Specialist

PhD, MSW, Washington University, St. Louis

MFA Lindenwood University
Disordered gambling

Child maltreatment
Disordered gambling

Child maltreatment

Substance abuse and child abuse and neglect
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NAME
RESEARCH PROGRAMS
POSSIBLE RESEARCH TOPICS FOR WHICH RESEARCH SUPERVISION WILL BE PROVIDED TO PH.D STUDENTS
Lana Sue Kaʻopua*
Associate Professor

PhD, MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cancer and health disparities

Native Hawaiian health/mental health issues

Culture, Spirituality and Health

Cancer prevention & control in American Samoa

Culturally-grounded social work interventions
Use of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods in culturally-based research with Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Micronesians, and other Pacific Islanders

Community-based participatory research & practice applications
Bum Jung Kim
Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California at Los Angeles

MSW, University of Michigan
Gerontology

Elderly Asian/Pacific Islander mental health issues

Social policy in long-term care

International social work

Cross-National studies

Research methods
Information forthcoming
Fenfang Li
Junior Researcher

PhD, MPH, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Child welfare

Aging

Health disparities
Risk and protective factors of child maltreatment

Impact of differential response on child welfare outcomes

Epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Peter Mataira
Assistant Professor

PhD, MPhil, Massey University, New Zealand
Drug and alcohol prevention programs

Revitalizing traditional ways

Healing practices

Entrepreneurship and leadership
Program evaluation

Community organizing

Indigenous research methodologies
Noreen Mokuau* Professor

DSW, University of California at Los Angeles

MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Social problems confronting Asian and Pacific Islanders (e.g., health disorders among Hawaiians)

Cultural factors and social work (e.g., incorporation of indigenous methods of helping into practice)

Conceptual frameworks for culturally competent practice
Health and mental health status of Hawaiians (e.g., relationship of ethnic identification with coping and mental health)
Paula Morelli*
Associate Professor

PhD, University of Washington

MSW, University of Southern California
Behavioral Mental Health and Wellbeing

Post-trauma stress among refugees

Community-Based Program Evaluation

Qualitative Research Methodology
Behavioral mental health

Culturally responsive social work practice

Social development and mental health
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NAME
RESEARCH PROGRAMS
POSSIBLE RESEARCH TOPICS FOR WHICH RESEARCH SUPERVISION WILL BE PROVIDED TO PH.D STUDENTS
Charles Nagatoshi
Researcher/Evaluator

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Research methods Program evaluation

Anti-poverty programs
Steve Onken*
Associate Research Specialist, Mental Health

PhD, MSW, University of Texas at Austin
Wellbeing and mental health recovery: measurement, evidence-based practices consumer/peer-to-peer support, natural supports

GLBTI&Q2 communities

Organization cultural change
Recovery measurement

EBPs, e.g., supported employment

Social network development

Anti-Gay violence

Coercive free treatment settings
Carol Plummer*
Associate Professor

PhD, University of Michigan
Child abuse and neglect

Child welfare

Trauma and disaster treatment

Prevention of interpersonal violence

Cross-cultural issues
Information forthcoming
Gregory Pugh
Assistant Professor

PhD, Michigan State University

MSW, Eastern Washington University
Hospital, health, and mental health practice

Ethics

Privilege and oppression

Social work education
Information forthcoming
Rebecca Stotzer
Assistant Professor and Director of Distance Education Program

PhD, MSW, University of Michigan
Social justice

Hate crimes and violence

Prejudice and Discrimination

LGBT-related issues
Social justice

Hate crimes and violence

Prejudice and Discrimination

LGBT-related issues
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*Asterisk indicates eligibility to Chair Dissertation Committees