July 24, 2013

Hawaiian Mental Health Issues Featured at APA's 121st Annual Convention July 31-Aug. 4 in Honolulu


Several sessions at the American Psychological Association’s 121st Annual Convention will focus on serving the mental health needs of Hawaiians. More than 7,000 attendees are expected to participate in the conference, which was last held in Hawai‘i in 2004. 


All presentations listed below will take place at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawai‘i. 


Jill M. Oliveira Gray, PhD, of Honolulu-based I Ola Lahui Inc., will outline the development of new mental health treatments for Native Hawaiians. She will describe the "Three Site Cultural Evaluation Project" and "Native Hawaiian Substance Abuse Survey Project" and discuss how their findings are used to improve treatment for mental health and substance abuse among Native Hawaiians in "Culturally Responsive Research: Effective Substance-Use Treatment for Native Hawaiians," (PDF, 2.70MB) symposium session 3261, Friday, Aug. 2, 1-1:50 p.m. HST, room 327. Contact Oliveira Gray by email or by phone at (808) 525-6255. 

Loriena A. Yancura, PhD, of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, will describe possible mental and physical health outcomes for Asian and Pacific Islander caregivers of elderly relatives in "Culture and Family Caregiving Roles in Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian Families," (PDF, 61KB) symposium session 1120, Wednesday, July 31, 10-10:50 a.m. HST, room 321A. Contact Yancura by email or by phone at (808) 956-2254. 

Mele Look, PhD, of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, will discuss the traditional Hawaiian hula as a treatment for cardiovascular disease among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. A hula-based program was found to significantly lower systolic blood pressure, with improvements remaining three months after the program’s completion. Look will discuss the treatments and lessons learned when applying them in hospitals and communities in "Using Hula, the Traditional Hawaiian Dance Form, to Address Cardiovascular Disparities in Hawai‘i," (PDF, 1.04MB) symposium session 2112, Thursday, Aug. 1, 10-10:50 a.m. HST, room 306B. Contact Look by email or by phone at (808) 692-1051. 

Charles W. Mueller, PhD, of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, will describe Hawai‘i's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) behavioral health science evaluation and service learning collaborative in "Practice to Research and System Improvement: Recent Studies From Hawai‘i’s System of Care," (PDF, 6.07MB) symposium session 1129, Wednesday, July 31, 10-10:50 a.m. HST, room 321B. Contact Mueller by email or by phone at (808) 956-6727.

David Jackson, PhD, of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, will analyze recent data from Hawai‘i’s CAMHD. Jackson will present findings on youth characteristics (i.e., gender, age, diagnoses), treatments and outcomes in "Toward a Data-Driven System of Care for Children’s Mental Health in Hawai‘i," (PDF, 70KB) symposium session 1129, Wednesday, July 31, 10-10:50 a.m. HST, room 321B. Contact Jackson by email or by phone at (808) 733-8354. 

Davianna McGregor, PhD, of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, will discuss the well-being of Native Hawaiians and their collective world view and relationships to the land, culture, beliefs, ancestry and family stability in "Relational Well-Being: An Indigenous Hawaiian World View and its Importance to Health Promotion and Reduction of Health Disparities Across Generations," (PDF, 577KB) symposium session 4219, Saturday, Aug. 3, 12-12:50 p.m. HST, room 305B. Contact McGregor by email or by phone at (808) 956-7068. 


Media interested in covering these or other convention sessions can call (202) 336-5700 before July 31 or (808) 792-6524 July 31-Aug. 4, or email Public Affairs or Michael Shulman. More information about the convention is available at the APA convention website

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