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Noreen Mokuau, DSW

TitleRetired Dean and Professor Emerita
Faculty RankProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Hawaii
DepartmentMyron B. Thompson School of Social Work
AddressThompson School of Social Work and Public Health
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1960 East-West Road
Honolulu HI 96822
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    TitleDean and Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
    DepartmentMyron B. Thompson School of Social Work

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    1994Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
    1996Social Worker of the Year in Education/Training, National Association of Social Workers, Hawaii Chapter
    1997 - 1998Kellogg Leadership Fellow, American Nurses Association, Washington, DC
    1997Regents Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
    2001Wo and Lau Ching Community Foundation Award, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
    2008President's Medal of Honor, Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Washington, DC

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    As Professor and Dean of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, I have served as a Senior Scientist for RMATRIX-I from September 2012 through June 2013, and currently in the approved one-year cost extension. Responsibilities included strengthening multidisciplinary collaborations; enhancing community-based research; and fostering further examination of the social determinants on health, with attention to cultural factors. As a Native Hawaiian woman, I have a deep investment in the health of Native Hawaiian and other populations who experience disparate health. I have a broad background in social work and cultural competence as it applies to Asian and Pacific populations, and a specific background in community-based research in cancer and aging among Native Hawaiians. As Co-Principal Investigator of RMATRIX-II, I will work towards the successful direction and achievement of the aims and activities through liaison with the NIH/NIMHD Program Official; involvement with the administrative leadership team; enhancement of multidisciplinary partnerships; and oversight of community-based research, especially as these relate to the Native Hawaiian community. My commitment, expertise and experience have prepared me for this role in RMATRIX-II.

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    U54MD007601     (HEDGES, JERRIS ROBERT;MOKUAU, NOREEN)Sep 1, 1997 - May 31, 2027
    Ola HAWAII
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

    U54MD007584     (SHIRAMIZU, BRUCE T)Sep 16, 2010 - Apr 30, 2020
    RCMI Multidisciplinary And Translational Research Infrastructure EXpansion (RAMAT
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Hedges JR, Chow DC, Fogelgren B, Braun KL, Tsark JU, Ordinado S, Berry MJ, Yanagihara R, Mokuau N. Health Disparities Investigator Development through a Team-Science Pilot Projects Program. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 03 30; 20(7). PMID: 37047951.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Lee YJ, Braun KL, Wu YY, Burrage R, Muneoka S, Browne C, Mokuau NK, Terada TM, Hossain MD. Physical Activity and Health Among Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander Older Adults. J Aging Health. 2022 01; 34(1):120-129. PMID: 34376094.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Kreif T, Chismar W, Braun KL, DeMattos M, Sentell T, Guo J, Mokuau N. Social Work in Action: The Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health: Continuing a Strong Legacy of Research, Training, and Service Towards Social Justice and Health Equity. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2021 08; 80(8):199-202. PMID: 34355197.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    4. Browne CV, Muneoka S, Ka'opua LS, Wu YY, Burrage RL, Lee YJ, Mokuau NK, Braun KL. Developing a culturally responsive dementia storybook with Native Hawaiian youth. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2022 Jul-Sep; 43(3):315-327. PMID: 33888037.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Mokuau N. Social Work in Action: The Educational Legacy of Dr. Colette V. Browne. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2020 04 01; 79(4):123. PMID: 32328584.
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    6. Anderson B, Boland MG, Braun KL, Bruno M, Hedges JR, Holcombe R, Ma C, Mokuau N. A Letter from the Executive Leadership Committee. Hawaii J Health Soc Welf. 2019 07; 78(7):215. PMID: 31475248.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Browne CV, Braun KL, Mokuau NK, Wu YY, Muneoka S. Examining Long-Term Service and Support Needs and Preferences of Native Hawaiian Elders: A Mixed-Method Approach. J Aging Health. 2020 Aug-Sep; 32(7-8):582-590. PMID: 30957684.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Godinet MT, Vakalahi HO, Mokuau N. Transnational Pacific Islanders: Implications for Social Work. Soc Work. 2019 Apr 01; 64(2):113-122. PMID: 30715526.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Ofili EO, Tchounwou PB, Fernandez-Repollet E, Yanagihara R, Akintobi TH, Lee JE, Malouhi M, Garner ST, Hayes TT, Baker AR, Dent AL, Abdelrahim M, Rollins L, Chang SP, Sy A, Hernandez BY, Bullard PL, Noel RJ, Shiramizu B, Hedges JR, Berry MJ, Bond VC, Lima MF, Mokuau N, Kirken RA, Cruz-Correa M, Sarpong DF, Vadgama J, Yates C, Kahn SA, Soliman KF, Perry G, Pezzano M, Luciano CA, Barnett ME, Oyekan A, Kumar D, Norris KC. The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network: Building and Sustaining Capacity for Multi-Site Basic Biomedical, Clinical and Behavioral Research. Ethn Dis. 2019; 29(Suppl 1):135-144. PMID: 30906162.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Kreif TM, Yoshimoto SK, Mokuau N. Insights in Public Health: Ke A'o Mau: Strengthening Cultural Competency in Interdisciplinary Education. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2018 12; 77(12):333-336. PMID: 30533287.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    11. Braun KL, Nelson-Hurwitz DC, Ono M, Godinet M, Perkinson MA, Mokuau N, Hayes D. Insights in Public Health: From Hale to Kauhale: Public Health, Social Work, and Aging. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2017 05; 76(5):135-138. PMID: 28484669.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    12. Shiramizu B, Shambaugh V, Petrovich H, Seto TB, Ho T, Mokuau N, Hedges JR. Leading by Success: Impact of a Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Program to Address Health Inequities. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2016 Oct 28. PMID: 27797013.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    
    13. Braun KL, Kim BJ, Ka'opua LS, Mokuau N, Browne CV. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Elders: What Gerontologists Should Know. Gerontologist. 2015 Dec; 55(6):912-9. PMID: 25063936.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Browne CV, Mokuau N, Ka'opua LS, Kim BJ, Higuchi P, Braun KL. Listening to the voices of native Hawaiian elders and ?ohana caregivers: discussions on aging, health, and care preferences. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2014 Jun; 29(2):131-51. PMID: 24659060.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Leslie JH, Braun KL, Novotny R, Mokuau N. Factors affecting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors among multiethnic blue- and white-collar workers: a case study of one healthcare institution. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2013 Sep; 72(9):300-6. PMID: 24069570.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Braun KL, Browne CV, Ka'opua LS, Kim BJ, Mokuau N. Research on indigenous elders: from positivistic to decolonizing methodologies. Gerontologist. 2014 Feb; 54(1):117-26. PMID: 23841952.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Mokuau N, Braun KL, Daniggelis E. Building family capacity for Native Hawaiian women with breast cancer. Health Soc Work. 2012 Nov; 37(4):216-24. PMID: 23301435.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Ka'opua LS, Braun KL, Browne CV, Mokuau N, Park CB. Why Are Native Hawaiians Underrepresented in Hawai'i's Older Adult Population? Exploring Social and Behavioral Factors of Longevity. J Aging Res. 2011; 2011:701232. PMID: 21966592.
    19. Mokuau N, Tomioka M. Caregiving and older Japanese adults: lessons learned from the periodical literature. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2010 Feb; 53(2):117-36. PMID: 20094932.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Browne CV, Mokuau N, Braun KL. Adversity and resiliency in the lives of Native Hawaiian elders. Soc Work. 2009 Jul; 54(3):253-61. PMID: 19530572.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Mokuau N, Browne CV, Braun KL, Choy LB. Using a community-based participatory approach to create a resource center for Native Hawaiian elders. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2008 Dec; 21(3):174. PMID: 19967637.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Mokuau N, Garlock-Tuiali? J, Lee P. Has social work met its commitment to Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders? A review of the periodical literature. Soc Work. 2008 Apr; 53(2):115-21. PMID: 18595445.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Mokuau N, Braun KL, Wong LK, Higuchi P, Gotay CC. Development of a family intervention for Native Hawaiian women with cancer: a pilot study. Soc Work. 2008 Jan; 53(1):9-19. PMID: 18610817.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Mokuau N, Braun KL. Family support for Native Hawaiian women with breast cancer. J Cancer Educ. 2007; 22(3):191-6. PMID: 17760528.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Browne CV, Braun KL, Mokuau N, McLaughlin L. Developing a multisite project in geriatric and/or gerontological education with emphases in interdisciplinary practice and cultural competence. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42(5):698-704. PMID: 12351805.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Braun KL, Mokuau N, Hunt GH, Kaanoi M, Gotay CC. Supports and obstacles to cancer survival for Hawaii's native people. Cancer Pract. 2002 Jul-Aug; 10(4):192-200. PMID: 12100103.
      Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Mokuau N. Culturally based interventions for substance use and child abuse among native Hawaiians. Public Health Rep. 2002; 117 Suppl 1:S82-7. PMID: 12435831.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    28. Santos L, Mokuau N, Abrigo L, Braun KL, Tsark JU, Mackura G, Kuhaulua R, Chong CD. 'Imi Hale: establishing an inheritance for Native Hawaiians on cancer awareness, research and training. Pac Health Dialog. 2001 Sep; 8(2):436-45. PMID: 12180528.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    29. Mokuau N, Hishinuma E, Nishimura S. Validating a measure of religiousness/spirituality for Native Hawaiians. Pac Health Dialog. 2001 Sep; 8(2):407-16. PMID: 12180523.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Giuliano AR, Mokuau N, Hughes C, Tortolero-Luna G, Risendal B, Prewitt TE, McCaskill-Stevens WJ. Participation of minorities in cancer research: the influence of structural, cultural, and linguistic factors. Ann Epidemiol. 2000 Nov; 10(8 Suppl):S22-34. PMID: 11189089.
      Citations: 133     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Hughes CK, Tsark JA, Mokuau NK. Diet-related cancer in Native Hawaiians. Cancer. 1996 Oct 01; 78(7 Suppl):1558-63. PMID: 8839570.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Mokuau N. Health and Well-Being For Pacific Islanders: Status, Barriers and Resolutions. Asian Am Pac Isl J Health. 1996; 4(1-3):55-67. PMID: 11567325.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    33. Mokuau N, Hughes CK, Tsark JU. Heart disease and associated risk factors among Hawaiians: culturally responsive strategies. Health Soc Work. 1995 Feb; 20(1):46-51. PMID: 9154425.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Mokuau N, Fong R. Assessing the responsiveness of health services to ethnic minorities of color. Soc Work Health Care. 1994; 20(2):23-34. PMID: 7716685.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Browne C, Fong R, Mokuau N. The mental health of Asian and Pacific Island elders: implications for research and mental health administration. J Ment Health Adm. 1994; 21(1):52-9. PMID: 10131889.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Mokuau N, Browne C. Life themes of native Hawaiian female elders: resources for cultural preservation. Soc Work. 1994 Jan; 39(1):43-9. PMID: 8310322.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Takeuchi DT, Mokuau N, Chun CA. Mental health services for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. J Ment Health Adm. 1992; 19(3):237-45. PMID: 10123305.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Mokuau N. The impoverishment of native Hawaiians and the social work challenge. Health Soc Work. 1990 Aug; 15(3):235-42. PMID: 2205550.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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