Family and Consumer Sciences Chair named to National Institute of Health advisory committee

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Miles Hakoda, (808) 956-3093
College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
Posted: Apr 3, 2006

Barbara W.K. Yee, professor and chair of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH Mānoa, has been named one of the five newest members to the National Institute of Health‘s Advisory Committee on Research on Women‘s Health (ACRWH). Yee was appointed by the director of NIH to the 18-member committee and will serve her term through January 2010.

The ACRWH provides leadership and reviews strategic directions for women‘s health research at the NIH. The committee also advises the Office of Research on Women‘s Health regarding research career development initiatives and monitor the inclusion of women in clinical research.

"It is an honor and privilege to serve on the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women‘s Health," said Yee. "During my NIH service, I hope to highlight research concerns and expand the NIH research portfolio for Asian and Pacific Islander, and multicultural populations, enhance the inclusion of culture and acculturation, behavioral and contextual variables, and examine possible developmental and life span issues that may be critical in women‘s health research.

Yee‘s current research examines how gender, health literacy and acculturation influences health beliefs and lifestyle practices across three generations of Vietnamese and Pacific Islanders living in the United States. She has served on several editorial boards, including Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Psychology and Aging, and Topics of Geriatric Rehabilitation. Yee is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Gerontological Society of America. In 2004, she was awarded the Okura Community Leadership Award from the Asian American Psychological Association, for her outstanding community leadership benefiting the Asian American Community.