Center on Aging
What we do
The mission of COA is to enhance the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts in research as well as educational programs and service to the community. The Center is a research center focussed on applied, translational, and community engaged research with attention on the diverse populations of Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific region.
History of the Center on Aging
- Established in July 1988 by the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents as a free-standing unit, reporting to the Office of the Senior Vice President and Executive Vice Chancellor, with the first COA director, Anthony Lenzer.
- Moved organizationally to the School of Public Health in 1993 with Larry Koseki as COA director, followed by Kathryn Braun as COA director Aging from 1995 to 2009.
- Moved to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work in 2009 with Colette Browne as COA director.
- Moved to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) in UH Mānoa in 2012 under Colette Browne followed by Christy Nishita as COA interim director from 2013 to 2016.
- Moved from the OVCR to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, along with the Office of Public Health Studies in 2016.
- Margaret Perkinson appointed COA director from 2017-2020.
- Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health announced its new name in 2021 and Victoria Fan as COA interim director.