Lab News

Sunset at Ka'ena Point & Waianae Range, Western O'ahu, Hawai'i. Photo Credit: AP

Honors Prize!


Daniel was awarded the Honors Prize for his research thesis, "Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders’ Perceived Access to Mental Health Facilities". Congratulations, Daniel! 

Research Day 2024


Anna, Lorie, Marissa, and Sasha presented at Research Day at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, “Using Participatory Research to Develop Community-based Solutions to Homelessness.” 

Conference Coming up!


Marissa, Sasha, and Fang have a roundtable proposal accepted to the H-PEA/CREA 2023 Conference in Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu!

NHCH Conference!


Jack, Anna, and Marissa each have abstracts accepted to the NHCH 2022 Conference in Seattle! 

In the News..Again!


Jack's work on the disproprotionate impacts of COVID-19 on mental health in Hawaii was covered by Hawaii News Now. Check it out!

UH News Coverage


Jack's work on COVID-19, job loss, and mental health is covered by UH News

SCRA Presentation!


Anna presents her and Jack's presentation on COVID-19, power, & CBPR: The need for an intersectional CBPR. Check it out here.



Congrats to our lab director, Jack, for being promoted to full professor! Well-deserved!

CSS News Spotlights


The College of Social Sciences May 2021 Newsletter features EcoLab members and their work. Check it out!

Social Sciences Effect 2.0


A collaborative project between Jack, Anna, Omar and Dr. Zhang, Dr. Nakamura, & Dr. Wu was featured in UH News. Check out the study report and the presentation today at 1pm.

Social Sciences Effect


A collaborative project between Jack, Dr. Gasiorek, Dr. Hubbard, Dr. Juarez, and Dr. Lee on vaccine hesitancy in Hawaiʻi was featured in UH News. Check out the study report and the presentation today at 4pm.

CSS Coverage


Jack makes an appearance in this month's College of Social Sciences Newsletter. See his comments on the Health Policy Institute Summit here

Pub Accepted!


Eva, Anna, & Tien had their article, “'It’s not the end of the story:' Understanding the continued recovery from homelessness using Photovoice and content analysis" accepted to the Journal of Community Psychology. Congrats!

Successful Summit!


Congrats to Joy and Jack for a successful Health Policy Institute Summit! They have been integral in planning the summit and in getting the intitute off the ground. Check out the HPI website for more info!

Survey Launches


The lab is assisting Partners in Care in its annual Point-in-Time Count by reaching out to UH System students. PIC hopes to understand housing and food insecurity among graduate and undergraduate students in Hawaiʻi. The survey launched today and our collaboration is highlighted in the UH news.

Jack on the News


Jack is interviewed by the local news about his research on mask wearing. Check out the coverage and his article

Happy New Year!


Here's to a happy and healthier year!

New Report Released


Anna and Jack released a new report: "Service Pathways of Homeless Service Utilizers on Oahu, 2016-2020" for the City of Honolulu and Partners in Care. Check out the executive summary here.

Happy Holidays!


The UH Ecolab wishes you all a safe and healthy holiday season!

"CSS Roundup"


Anna and Jack's report, Unsheltered in Honolulu, and interview with Hawaiʻi Public Radio was featured in the UH College of Social Sciences' December Newsletter "CSS Roundup" section.

In the News


Anna and Jack were interviewed by Hawaiʻi Public Radio regarding their Unsheltered in Honolulu report. An article was released today and stayed tuned for a radio segment to be aired later today and on Friday. Listen here.

ICCP Virtual Pres


Joy, Jack, and Anna presented on promoting a sense of belonging in community, practice, and research settings at the virtual International Conference of Community Psychology.

Thesis Defended!


Congrats, Devin Barney on a successful defense of his thesis on migrant Sāmoan parenting values!

Faculty Affiliation!


Congrats to Anna, who was approved today for faculty affiliation with the Department of Psychology at UH Mānoa!



Congrats to Joy, Jack, Adriana, Tiffany, Nikolas, Tyra, Lisa, and Megan on their recent publication in AJCP: Understanding the Role of Mental Health Clubhouses in Promoting Wellness and Health Equity Using Pilinahā—An Indigenous Framework for Health!

Dr. Pruitt Presents COVID-19 Research


Dr. Anna Pruitt presented her pilot study "COVID-19 Impacts on Homeless Service Provision: Assessing Frontline Workers' Stress and Barriers to Service Provision" as part of the UH College of Social Sciences, First Insurance Company of HI, and the Hawaii Business Roundtable's series on Social Impacts of COVID-19 in Hawaii. Check out all the research in the series here.

Congrats, Dr. Agner!


Congrats to Dr. Joy Agner for successfully defending her dissertation. Way to go!

Housing Equity Semi-finalist!


Dr. Pruitt and the Hawai’i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice were notified that their proposal: Not just money: Impact of support services in improving rental assistance outcomes for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders  was selected as a semi-finalist for the Robert W Johnson's Policies for Action: Research on Housing Policies That Promote Equity 2020 Call for Proposals program.

PIT Report Released


Our community partners, Partners in Care, released the 2020 Point-in-Time Report available here. Lab member, Anna Pruitt, assisted with data analysis and writing of the report. Great work!

Jack Recognized


Jack is recognized in the College of Social Sciences' Summer 2020 Newsletter for his new position as the Interim Director of the Social Sciences Research Institute and his work in the community. Check it out here!

Joy Wins Award!


Congrats to Joy Agner for being awarded the 2020 OVCR Student Excellence in Research Award! The award recognizes remarkable research accomplishments, initiative, curiosity, and sustained and dedicated engagement in academic inquiry and innovation. Way to go!

CFP Released!


The call for papers for a special issue on homelessness is released! Jack and Anna will serve as guest editors for this special issue. Please see more information on the call here

Publication Accepted


Jack, Anna, & Eva have their article, "'A State of Emergency': Dominant Cultural Narratives on Homelessness in Hawai‘i" accepted for publication in the Journal of Community Psychology.

Congrats, Cass!


Congratulations to Cassidy Webb on a successful thesis proposal!

Congrats, Joy!


Congrats to Joy for doing a great job at her dissertation proposal defense! One step closer to Dr. Agner!

Happy Holidays!


Ecolabbers celebrated the holiday season and the end of the semester with a beach potluck. 

Congrats, Jack!


Congrats to Jack who will be serving as the Interim Director of the Social Science Research Institute AND the Chair of the Social-Behavioral IRB starting in January!

Snapshot Released


Check out the Evaluation Snapshot featuring data from the Year 4 Evaluation of the City and County of Honolulu's Housing First Program. 



Joy, Jack, and Anna have their symposium abstract accepted for the International Conference of Community Psychology in Melbourne next summer!

SE Eco Conference


Eva presents her and Anna's poster on their Photovoice study with the Housing First Community Group at the Southeastern ECO Conference in Columbia, S.C.

Pub Accepted!


Anna, Eva, and Jack have an article accepted to the Journal of Community Psychology. The article details findings from the first part of Anna's dissertation examining dominant cultural narratives on homelessness.

LEAD Publicity


Sophie, Jack, Mark, and Anna's recently-released LEAD report was covered by the local news. Check out some of the coverage by KITV, The Star AdvertiserHawaii News Now, and the Civil Beat. Full report available under reports.

Poster Accepted


Eva and Anna have a poster accepted to the 2019 Southeast ECO Conference to be held at the University of South Carolina in November. 

Review Published


Jack and Anna's review of the new open access textbook, Community Psychology: Becoming an Agent of Change, is published in The Community Psychologist.

Report Released


Anna's preliminary report on Racial Equity in Honolulu County Homelessness Services is released.

Art & Mental Health


Anna and Joy exhibit their photovoice work with Hawai‘i Clubhouses and Housing First participants at the inaugaural Hawai‘i Art & Mental Health Summit.

Article Accepted!


Jack and Anna have an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology!

Mahalo, Abigail!


A big thank you to Abigail, our summer research assistant, for her help  on the Housing First and LEAD projects. Best of luck in the next semester!

LEAD in the News


Ecolab project, LEAD, gets mentioned in a Star Advertiser article on homelessness in Chinatown.

EcoLab at SCRA!

6.25.19 - 6.29.19

Ecolab members give 11 presentations on topics from HIV prevention to homelessness and community mental health at the SCRA Biennial Conference in Chicago!

Congrats, Drs!


Congratulations to new Drs. Anna Pruitt and Stevy Scarbrough who graduated today! A hui hou!

Congrats, Stevy !


Congratulations to Stevy Scarbrough for receiving the Diversity Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research!

Congrats, Dr. Pruitt


Congratulations to Dr. Anna Pruitt for successfully defending her dissertation on dominant cultural narratives and homelessness! 

Grant Awarded!


Congratulations to Joy and Jack for receiving funding for their study with Hawai'i Clubhouses!

SCRA  Bound!


The Ecolab has 11 proposals accepted to the SCRA Biennial conference in Chicago! See them here.

Mahalo, Clubhouse


Mahalo nui loa to O'ahu Clubhouse members and Joy Agner for engaging UHM undergraduate students in education and advocacy for Clubhouses and mental health! Joy and Clubhouse members spoke with students as part of their community psychology course curriculum. 



The EcoLab welcomes Dr. Eréndira Aldana, Allie Wagner, and Lorie Okada to the EcoLab team!