COA Advisory Group

Dr. Iqbal “Ike” Ahmed represents Hawaiʻi Psychiatric Medical Association (HPMA) at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Assembly. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine at John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaiʻi. He was formerly the Geriatric Psychiatry and General Psychiatry Residency Program director at the University of Hawaiʻi JABSOM.

He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Past-President of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). He received the 2019 APA Jack Weinberg Award for contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry. He also has received the Diversity Award and the Educator of the Year from AAGP. He is a Distinguished Fellow of AAGP, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, and a Fellow of the Royal College Psychiatrists in England. He has presented and published in the areas of geriatric psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychopharmacology, neuropsychiatry, cross-cultural psychiatry, and psychiatric education.

Dr. Kathryn L. Braun is Professor of Public Health and Social Work and holds the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed Chair of Aging at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is PI of Hā Kūpuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, evaluator for the Hawai‘i Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at JABSOM, and Co-Lead of the Community Engagement Core for Ola HAWAII, a project to develop indigenous and minority researchers to help reduce health disparities in Hawai‘i.

She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and is a past winner of a Board of Regents medal for teaching excellence. She is current President of the Active Aging Consortium Asia-Pacific, a former Peace Corps Volunteer (the Philippines), and a former Fulbright Scholar (South Korea). She loves to travel and has visited more than 120 countries.

Caroline Cadirao is the appointed director of the State of Hawai‘i Executive Office on Aging since June 2019.  With nearly 20 years of program management experience with the Executive Office on Aging, Cadirao now leads the agency in charge of coordinating a state-wide system of elder care and caregiver support services in Hawai‘i.

Caroline brings to the position nearly 30 years of experience in the field of aging, advocacy, and programming. Most recently, Cadirao served as a program specialist in the Executive Office on Aging. In that role, she was responsible for the oversight of several programs including the state-wide expansion of the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the Healthy Aging Partnership, and the implementation of the Kupuna Caregivers Program.

Dr. Clementina Ceria-Ulep is Professor and Acting Dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH). Dr. Ceria-Ulep joined SONDH in 1993 and has taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She has served in various leadership positions and has been the associate dean for academic affairs since 2016. Ceria-Ulep currently oversees the programmatic development and quality assurance of the department of nursing and department of dental hygiene. She was instrumental in the implementation of the Hawaiʻi Statewide Nursing Consortium in 2010, the development of new undergraduate pathways to the bachelor’s degree, and the launch of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2013.

While Dr. Ceria-Ulep’s teaching focuses on adults, management, and administration, her research and scholarly activities have been on aging. Her research focus on physical activity and how this contributes to healthy aging. In 2004, Dr. Ceria-Ulep was noted for her Outstanding Dedication & Service for Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE). In 2010, she received the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the Filipino Nurses of Hawai‘i. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Alumni award from UH Mānoa Nursing at their 60th Anniversary event.

Dr. Sang-Hyop Lee is Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics and Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. He had also served as the Chair of the Executive Council of the National Transfer Accounts ( project in which researchers from over 70 countries around the world participate. His studies focus on issues related with aging and social welfare.

He has published numerous articles including 13 books focusing issues on population aging and labor market with emphasis on Asian and Korean economies. His books include Aging, Economic Growth, and Old-Age Security in Asia (2011, Edward Elgar), Inequality, Inclusive Growth, and Fiscal Policy in Asia (2015, Routledge), Social Policies in an Age of Austerity: A Comparative Analysis of the US and Korea (2015, Edward Elgar), and Human Capital Policy: Reducing Inequality Boosting Mobility and Productivity (2021, Edward Elgar). Dr. Lee received his BA and MA in economics from Seoul National University, and PhD in economics from Michigan State University.

Dr. Kamal Masaki is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She was the Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for 8 years, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She was elected to be a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society.

She has been performing aging and dementia research for over 30 years and is the Director of Research at Kuakini Medical Center. She has been an Investigator and Clinical Director for many large longitudinal epidemiologic studies, including the internationally renowned Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program, Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, Hawaiʻi Lifespan Study, Hawaiʻi Healthspan Study, and related offspring studies. She was Clinical Director for the Women’s Health Initiative Hawaiʻi Clinical Center, and Principal Investigator for an ancillary study, the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study Hawaiʻi Center. She is currently the Director of the Clinical and Translational Core of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence at Kuakini (NIH grant). Dr. Masaki is the Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatrics at the University of Hawaiʻi. She is Co-Principal Investigator for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (HRSA grant).

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