Velma Kameoka

Velma Kameoka

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for ResearchUH Mānoa

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Dr. Kameoka is a member of the ʻIke Wai leadership team, focusing on workforce development and guiding the project to success in advancing initiatives at the University of Hawaiʻi and providing opportunities that will ensure the sustainability of key programs. She provides support to the team to help meet the project goals of increasing diversity by broadening the participation and opportunities for individuals from underrepresented minorities and women.


Dr. Kameoka received her bachelor’s degree and PhD in psychology at UH Mānoa and did her postdoctoral research in measurement/statistical modeling at Indiana University. Throughout her career, Dr. Kameoka has focused her research on mental health disparities, and her projects have included studies on substance use, youth risk behaviors, and mental health disparities among ethnocultural populations in Hawaiʻi. She previously served as director of the Social Science Research Institute, and as both director and professor in the Social Welfare Evaluation Research Unit. She was also chair of the PhD program in social welfare at UH Mānoa. She is a tenured professor in the psychology department at UH Mānoa, but currently serves as the interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

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