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Faculty

Robin G. Arndt, MSW, LSW
Junior Specialist

Gartley Hall Rm. 004B
Phone: 808.956.9885
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: rgarndt@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Technology in practice and education
  • Lifelong learning and professional development/competency
  • Values, ethics, & reflective practice
  • Leadership
  • Interprofessional education

Clifford Bersamira, PhD, AM
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 205C
Phone: 808.956.6245
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: clifford.bersamira@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Policies and Service Delivery
  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Services and Healthcare Reform
  • Recovery Support Services and Mutual Aid
  • Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian Behavioral Health Disparities
  • Behavioral Health Systems and Services Integration

Kathryn Braun, DrPH, MPH
Professor

Tel: 808.956.5768
E-mail: kbraun@hawaii.edu
Website: www.hawaii.edu/aging/

Research Interests:
  • Asian and Pacific Islander aging
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Minority health
  • Community-based research and evaluation

Colette Browne, DrPH, MPH, MSW, MEd
Professor, Department of Social Work Chair

Gartley Hall Rm. 216
Tel: 808.956.6126
E-mail: cbrowne@hawaii.edu
Website: Visit the Ha Kupuna Website at: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hakupuna/

Research Interests:
  • Gender Migration, Globalization, and the Long Term Care Workforce
  • Resiliency Models and Aging
  • Ethnogerontology
  • Social Work Practice with the Aged
  • Gerontology Social Work Education Models
  • Social Policy and Aging
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Aging

Rachel Burrage, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 201D
Phone: 808.956.6240
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: rburrage@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Indigenous well-being
  • Culture and mental health
  • Historical and collective trauma
  • Individual and community resilience

Katie Caldwell, MSW
Instructor, Distance Education Option

Gartley Hall Rm. 009
Phone: 808.956.6205
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: kmc32@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Gender Inequality
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Toxic Positivity
  • Queer Studies
  • Gender Violence
  • Race Relations

Christabel Cheung, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 205A
Phone: 808.956.6127
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: cheungck@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Cancer support
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • Health disparities
  • Health care practice and policy
  • Sociocultural minority patient populations

Aimee Chung, MSW
Instructor

Gartley Hall Rm. 004A
Phone: 808.956.5715
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: aimee.chung@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Issues facing oppressed, marginalized, and differently-abled populations

Michael DeMattos, MSW
Junior Specialist, BSW Program Chair

Gartley Hall Rm. 006
Tel: 808.956.6135
E-mail: mdmattos@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Teens & their families
  • Substance abuse
  • Best practice

Meripa Godinet, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 213
Tel: 808.956.6239
E-mail: meripa@hawaii.edu
Website: Child and Family Research Lab

Research Interests:
  • Juvenile delinquency prevention
  • Social and adjustment issues of Pacific Islander adolescents
  • Multi-culture and cross-culture issues

Jing Guo, PhD, MA
Associate Professor, PhD Program Chair

Gartley Hall Rm. 201A
Tel: 808.956.2195
E-mail: jingguo@hawaii.edu
Website: Child and Family Research Lab

Research Interests:
  • Comparative family policy
  • Work, family and Gender
  • Migration and child education
  • Asian Americans, Immigrants and child welfare
  • Social policy and social services in China

Seunghye Hong, PhD, MA (MSW equiv.)
Associate Professor of Social Work, MSW Program Chair

Gartley Hall Rm. 215
Tel: 956-4605
E-mail: shong9@hawaii.edu
Website: Child and Family Research Lab

Research Interests:
  • Neighborhood Contexts
  • Immigration
  • Mental Health
  • Community-Based Practice
  • Research Methodology

Francie J. Julien-Chinn, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 214
Phone: 808.956.4929
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: fjjc@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Organizational and workforce issues in child welfare
  • Child welfare outcomes including: permanency; well-being; kinship; and foster care.

Sophia Kim, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 008
Phone: 808.956.6123
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: sophiabk@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Promoting Behaviors
  • Prevention and Intervention Research Among Asian Americans and Other Historically Underrepresented Populations

Jennifer Kishida, MEd
Junior Specialist, PhD and MSW Program Specialist

Gartley Hall Rm. 203B
Tel: 808.956.3831
E-mail: jenkishi@hawaii.edu


Theresa Kreif, MSW, LSW
Junior Specialist, Assistant to the Dean

Gartley Hall Rm. 204E
Tel: 808.956.6120
E-mail: kreif@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Community Development
  • Social and Economic Development
  • International Social Work – Geographic Region of Micronesia

Wendy J. Lum, MSW
Junior Specialist, Field Education Coordinator

Gartley Hall Rm. 004C
Phone: 808.956.6139
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: wendyrs@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Equity and Social Welfare
  • International/Global Social Work

Noreen Mokuau, DSW, MSW
Dean, Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 204
Tel: 808.956.6300
Website: Visit the Ha Kupuna Website at: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hakupuna/

Research Interests:
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Health Issues.

Mari Ono, MSW, LSW
Junior Specialist, Director of Student Services

Gartley Hall Rm. 201F
Tel: 808.956.6129
E-mail: mariono@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Cross cultural practice

Margaret A. Perkinson, PhD, MA
Director, Associate Specialist, Center on Aging

Gartley Hall Rm. 201B
Phone: 808.956.6124
E-mail: map3@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Gerontology
  • Diversity and Aging
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Dementia
  • Family Care Providers
  • Service Learning
  • Participatory Action Research, China, Guatemala

Rebecca Stotzer, PhD, MS, MSW
Professor, Director of Distance Education Program

Gartley Hall Rm. 007
Tel: 808.956.6121
E-mail: rstotzer@hawaii.edu
Website: Child and Family Research Lab

Research Interests:
  • Hate Crimes
  • Violence
  • Sexuality and Gender Identity
  • Prejudice and Stereotypes
  • Oppression and Discrimination
  • Intergroup Conflict

Jill Sur , MSW, MBA
Junior Specialist, Coordinator, Distance Education Options

Gartley Hall Rm. 005
Tel: 808.956.9447
E-mail: sur@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Disability Studies
  • Student Success
  • Distance Learning in Social Work Education
  • Nonprofit Management

Cheri Tarutani, MSW, LCSW
Junior Specialist, Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration

Gartley Hall Rm. 001A
Tel: 808.956.6974
E-mail: tarutani@hawaii.edu.

Research Interests:
  • Forensic social work
  • Specialty courts

Amanda C. Yoshioka-Maxwell, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 201E
Phone: 808.956.6240
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: amandaym@hawaii.edu

Research Interests:
  • Youth Homelessness
  • Former Foster Youth
  • HIV Risk, Drug Risks
  • Sex Risks
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis

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