JABSOM Faculty & Staff
Kathryn L. Braun:
Department: Public Health Sciences
Title: Professor of Public Health and Social Work, Director of Center of Aging
Credentials: DrPH
Position: Professor
Contact Info
Email: kbraun@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 956-5768
Fax: (808) 956-9582
1960 East-West Road
Biomed D-203
Honolulu HI 96822
Webpage: http://www.hawaii.edu/aging
Bio: Dr. Kathryn L. Braun is Professor of Public Health and Social Work. She also serves as Director of the Center on Aging, through which she oversees two certificate programs--the Advanced Certificate in Gerontology and the Undergraduate Certificate in Aging, as well as a number of grants and contracts related to older adults and their caregivers. Her research focuses on end-of-life decision making, cultural variations in disease perception and help-seeking, and developing/testing educational strategies. For a 10-year period (2000-2010), Dr. Braun is under contract to Papa Ola Lokahi as Research Director of ‘Imi Hale, Native Hawaiian Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training Network, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this capacity, she mentors Native Hawaiian researchers as they conduct research and develop proposals, and write manuscripts. Since 2000, 26 pilot research proposals have been funded through this mechanism.
Education: DrPH (Health Services Evaluation), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
MPH, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
BS, University of Michigan

Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching, 1998
Research Areas: social and behavioral health sciences, gerontology

Selected Publications:

Braun K, Fong M, Gotay C, Chong C (in press). Ethnicity and breast cancer in Hawai‘i: Increased survival, but continued disparity. Ethnicity and Disease.

Braun K, Fong M, Kaanoi M, Kamaka M & Gotay C (in press). Testing a culturally appropriate, theory-based intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening among Native Hawaiians. Preventive Medicine.

Braun K, Zir A, Crocker J & Seely M (in press). Kokua Mau: A statewide effort to improve end-of-life care. Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Browne C, Braun K & Amsberger P (in press). Filipinas as residential long-term care providers: The role of culture, gender, and immigrant status. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Braun K & Cheang M (2005). Growing old in a new age: Study and faculty guides (5th Edition). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Braun K & Cheang M (2005). Increasing knowledge, skills, and empathy among direct care workers: A preliminary study of an active learning model. Gerontologist. 45:118-124.

Tsark J, Braun K & Palafox N (guest editors). (2004). Cancer in the Pacific, Pacific Health Dialog. Volume 11(2):1-273.

Tsark J & Braun K (2004) Nā Liko Noelo: A Program to Develop Native Hawaiian Researchers. Pacific Health Dialog. 11(2):225-232.

Braun K, Yee B, Mokuau N & Browne C (2004). Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander elders. In Closing the gap: A report on minority aging (pp47-59). Washington, DC: Gerontologiccal Society of America.

Braun K, McBride M & Johnson A (2004). Distance education. In AGHE brief bibliography: A selective annotated bibliography for gerontology instruction [CD-Rom]. Washington, DC: Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Braun K (2003). Death with dignity: Older adulthood. In T.P. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.). The encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (pp. 378-384). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Fong M, Braun K & Tsark J (2003). Improving Native Hawaiian health through community-based participatory research. Californian Journal of Health Promotion. 1:125-130.

Braun K, Ichiho H, Kuhaulua R, Aitaoto N, Tsark J, Spegal R & Lamb B (2003). Empowerment through community building: Diabetes Today in the Pacific. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 9(Suppl):S19-S25.


John A. Burns School of Medicine • University of Hawai`i at Manoa
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