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  • Joseph Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula

    Joseph Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, PhD

    Associate Professor and Chair of Native Hawaiian Health

    Co-Director for the PILI 'Ohana Community-Academic Partnership


    My research interest is in the study of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors (and their interplay) affecting the etiology and management of chronic diseases (and their risk factors) in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and in the designing and testing of behavioral interventions for primary and secondary prevention. My clinical interest is in behavioral assessment for clinical case formulation.


    1991-1992:  E. Clarence Rice Fellowship Award, Clinical Diabetes Research, Instructor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, George Washington University Medical Center

    2009:  NCMHD/NIH nominee for Presidential Early Stage Career Award for Scientists

    2007:  The Judy E. Hall, Ph.D. Early Career Psychologist Award

    2005-2009:  National Center of Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar

    Selected Publications: 

    01.  Haynes, S.N., O’Brien, W.H., Kaholokula. J.K. (2011). Behavioral Assessment and Case Formulation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
    02.  Kaholokula, J.K., Mau, M.K., Efird, J.T., Leake, A., West, M., Palakiko, D-M., Yoshimura, S.R., Kekauoha, B.P., Rose, C., & Gomes, H. (2011). A Family and Community Focused Lifestyle Program Prevents Weight Regain in Asian and Pacific Islanders: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Health Education & Behavior, May 6. [Epub ahead of print]
    03.  Kaholokula, J.K., Stefan, K., Mau, M.K., Nacapoy, A.H., Kingi, T.K., & Grandinetti, A. (2011). Association between perceived racism on physiological stress indices in Native Hawaiians. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Mar 1. [Epub ahead of print]
    04.  Mau, M.K., Kaholokula, J.K., West, M., Efird, J.T., Leake, A., Rose, C., Yoshimura, S., Kekauoha, P., Gomes, H., & Palakiko, D. (2010). Translating Diabetes Prevention Research into Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities: The PILI 'Ohana Pilot Project. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 4(1), 7-16.
    05.  Mau, M.K., Sinclair, K., Saito, E.P., Baumhofer, K.N., & Kaholokula, J.K. (2009). Cardiometabolic health disparities in Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders. Epidemiologic Reviews, 31, 113-129.
    06.  Haynes, S.N., Kaholokula, J.K., & Yoshioka, D. (2008). Behavioral assessment concepts and strategies in treatment outcome research. In: A.M. Nezu & C.M. Nezu (Eds), Evidence-Based Outcome Research: A Practical Guide to Conducting Randomized Clinical Trials for Psychosocial Interventions. New York: Oxford University Press.
    07.  Kaholokula, J.K., Braun, K.L., Santos, J.I., & Chang, H.K. (2008). Culturally tailored smoking cessation strategies for Native Hawaiians. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 10(4), 671-681.
    08.  Kaholokula, J.K., Nacapoy, A.H., Grandinetti, A, & Chang, H.K. (2008). Association between acculturation modes and type 2 diabetes among Native Hawaiians. Diabetes Care, 31(4), 698-700
    09.  Kaholokula, J.K., Saito, E., Mau, M., Latimer, R., & Seto, T. (2008). Pacific Islanders’ perspectives on heart failure management. Patient Education and Counseling, 70(2), 281-291.
    10.  Kaholokula, J.K. (2007). Colonialism, acculturation and depression among Kanaka Maoli of Hawai‘i. In: P. Culbertson, M.N. Agee, & C. Makasiale (Eds), Penina Uliuli: Confronting Challenges in Mental Health for Pacific Peoples. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai‘i Press.
    11.  Kaholokula, J.K., Haynes, S.N., Grandinetti, A., & Chang, H.K. (2006). Ethnic differences in the relationship between depression and health-related quality of life in people with type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity & Health, 11(1), 59-80.
    12.  Kaholokula, J.K., Braun, K.L., Kana‘iaupuni, S., Grandinetti, A., & Chang, H.K. (2006). Ethnic-by-gender differences in cigarette smoking among Asian and Pacific Islanders. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 8(2), 275-286.
    13.  Silva, J., Kaholokula, J.K., Ratner, R., & Mau, M.K. (2006). Ethnic differences in perinatal outcome of gestational diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care, 29(9), 2058-2063.
    14.  Kaholokula, J.K., Haynes, S.N., Grandinetti, A., & Chang, H.K. (2003). Biological, psychosocial, and sociodemographic variables associated with depressive symptoms in persons with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26(5), 435-458.
    15.  Haynes, S.N., Kaholokula, J.K., & Nelson, K. (1999). The idiographic application of nomothetic, empirically based treatments. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 6(4), 456-461.

    PubMed Publications Listing:  Kaholokula J.K.