Graduate Faculty Research Areas

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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

(808) 956-5768
kbraun@hawaii.edu
Gerontology

Developing and testing interventions

Participatory research
Ethnogerontology

Health disparities

Colette Browne* Professor

DrPH, MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

MEd, University of Massachusetts

(808) 956-6126
cbrowne@hawaii.edu
Elder health, long-term care, and caregiving

Poverty and older adults

Globalization, immigration, and elder care

Gender, aging, and social policy
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

barry.j.coyne@hawaii.gov
Corrections case management

Sex offender treatment
Corrections

Mental health issues in corrections

Sex offender treatment and management
Meripa Godinet*
Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Washington

MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

(808) 956-6239
meripa@hawaii.edu
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

(808) 956-2195
jingguo@hawaii.edu
Comparative family policy

Migration and child education

Asian Americans and child welfare

International social welfare
Comparative family policy

Migration and child education

Asian Americans and child welfare

International social welfare
Seunghye Hong
Assistant Professor

PhD, MA, University of Washington

(808) 956-4605
shong9@hawaii.edu
Neighborhood contexts

Social, cultural, and developmental contexts

Immigration

Health/Mental Health

Research methodology
Social, cultural, and developmental contexts

Immigration

Health/Mental Health

Research methodology
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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

(808) 956-6244
lskaopua@hawaii.edu
Primary research interest:
Health Disparities, HIV,
Cancer, Culture,
Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders,
Health Screening Participation,
Treatment Adherence,
Intervention development,
Community-based research,
Intergenerational programming

Secondary research interests:
Critical pedagogy,
Interprofessional education
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

(808) 956-6240
bjk2001@hawaii.edu
Gerontology

Elderly Asian/Pacific Islander mental health issues

Social policy in long-term care

International social work

Cross-National studies

Research methods
Aging & mental health among older Asians

Depression, suicide, and risk factors

Population aging and social policies in East Asia
Noreen Mokuau*
Dean and Professor

DSW, University of California at Los Angeles

MSW, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Health and well-being for Asian and Pacific Islanders

Culturally based solutions for social work (incorporation of indigenous methods of helping into practice)

Conceptual frameworks for culturally competent practice
Health disparities (psychosocial determinants of health)
Paula Morelli*
Associate Professor

PhD, University of Washington

MSW, University of Southern California

(808) 956-6124
morelli@hawaii.edu
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
Rebecca Stotzer
Assistant Professor and Director of Distance Education Program

PhD, MSW, University of Michigan

(808) 956-6121
rstotzer@hawaii.edu
Social justice

Hate crimes and violence

Prejudice and Discrimination

LGBT-related issues
Social justice

Hate crimes and violence

Prejudice and Discrimination

LGBT-related issues
Barbara Yee* (aka Bobbie)
Professor and Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences

Ph.D., University of Denver

808) 956-8105
yeebarba@hawaii.edu or
yeeb@ctahr.hawaii.edu
Asian and Pacific Islander

Immigrant, refugees, women, elderly and family health and mental health issues

Cross-cultural aging
Asian and Pacific Islander families
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