Lab News

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

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 Advertiser, Hawaii 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!

Happy Holidays


Happy Holidays from the EcoLab and our "Eco Tree"!

Photovoice 2.0 on Display


The Housing First Photovoice 2.0 exhibit is on display until 1/11/19 at the Hamilton Library Bridge Gallery. The photographs are from the follow-up to the 2016 Photovocie project. Check out Anna's, Eva's, and HF clients' work!

Mahalo, Eva!


Eva leaves us today for her next adventure. Mahalo to her for her hard work. Aloha, a hui hou!

CSS Video Features Anna


Anna is one of the graduate stduents featured in the College of Social Sciences's promotional video. Check it out here.

Lab Party at Magic Island


The EcolabSTARs celebrated the end-of-the-semester, the holidays, and Eva's hard work Sunday at Magic Island. Thanks for a great semester, everyone!

EcoLab in UH News


UH News features the Housing First Photovoice 1.0 Exhibit. The exhibit featured photos by Housing First clients and staff exploring experiences with homelessness & housing. These photos were taken as part of a research project conducted by EcoLab members. See article here. *Note re: article title: Client photographers are not homeless.

Photovoice Exhibit


Stop by the UHM Hamilton Library through December 11th to see the original Housing First Photovoice Exhibit. The exhibit will feature photographs taken by clients in the City & County of Honolulu’s Housing First program as part of a collaborative Photovoice project between Jack, Anna, IHS, and clients in 2016. More details can be found here.

Devin Recognized


Devin is recognized at APHA as winner of the David Rosenstein Award for Best Student Abstract for the HIV section at APHA. Yay Devin!

Ecolab at APHA


Jack presents his work with Devin, Anna, and partners at JABSOM: "Quality of Life of People Living with HIV and Fallen out of Care: A Need for Reengagement" at the APHA conference in San Diego!

Jack on ThinkTechHawaii


Check out Jack's segment on ThinkTechHawaii's Likable Science:

Dean's Hour Talk


Ecolab members present "Improving the Lives of Hawaii's Most Marginalized" at the Dean's Hour talk. Jack, Sophie, Joy, and community partner, Heather Lusk discussed some of our projects working with marginalized groups.

Ecolab va a Chile!


Anna Pruitt presents her work with Jack Barile, Joy Agner, and Celina Herrera at the International Conference on Community Psychology in Santiago, Chile! Check out the presentation: "Representation of Marginalized Groups in Academic Research: The Emancipatory Potential of Co-Authorship with Housing First Clients."

H-PEA Award Winners!


Congratulations to Shoshana Cohen for winning first place in the H-PEA Poster Contest for her poster with Eva McKinsey, Gianni Marabella, and Anna Pruitt on taking a the "'Ohana Approach" to evaluation of programs in HI!

Ecolab at H-PEA


Ecolab members present at the 2018 Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation Association Conference. Jack presents "Leveraging Collaborative Evaluations to Meet Academic and Community Needs" at the Ignite session and Shoshana presents her poster on "The 'Ohana Approach."

Survey is up!


Anna launches her dissertation survey on media and homelessness in Honolulu! Take the survey here:

Upcoming Presentation


Jack, Joy, Sophie, Devin, and community partner Heather Lusk will be presenting on community-lab projects at the Dean's Hour on Oct 9 at 730-830am at the Pacific Club. The presentation is titled: "Improving the Lives of Hawaii's Most Marginalized."

Congrats, Stevy!


Congrats to Stevy for a successful dissertation proposal! Well done!

Best Student Abstract!


Congratulations, Devin Barney for winning the HIV AIDS David Rosenstein Student Award for best student APHA abstract! APHA is a huge, competitive conference (over 12,000 attendees), it is a great honor! The presentation will be November 14 at the APHA Conference in San Diego.

Devin Presents at APA


Devin Barney presents his poster, "Approaches to HIV Treatment Re-Engagement and Engaging Systems of Care," co-authored with Anna Pruitt, Joy Agner, and Jack Barile at the APA 2018 Convention in San Francisco!

Anna Presents at APS


Anna Pruitt presents her, Jack, and Evan's poster, "Social Support Mediates Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Depression: But Context Matters" at the Association for Psychological Sciences 2018 Convention in San Francisco.

Joy is elected SCRA Rep!


Congratulations to Joy Agner who was just elected as the Society for Community Research and Action National Student Representative!

EcoLab at Moku


Ecolabb-ers and associates celebrate the end of the semester at Moku Kitchen! :)

EcoLab Award Winners!


Jack, Joy, and Anna are honored at the Department of Psychology's Annual Award Luncheon! Jack received the Excellence in Research Award, and Anna and Joy received the Graduate Student Merit Award. Congrats!

Congrats, Joy & Anna!


Congrats to Joy Agner and Anna Pruitt for being recognized with the Graduate Student Merit Award recognizing outstanding research accomplishments of psychology graduate students at UH Mānoa.

Congrats, Joy!


Congrats to Joy Agner for successfully defending her thesis!

Ecolab at Honolulu Hale


Joy Agner, Nikolas Herrera, Adriana Botero, Tiffany Cha, Deion Anunciacion, and Clubhouse members are presenting results from the Clubhouse Photovoice project at Mental Health Awareness Day at Honolulu Hale, March 29 from 10am-2pm. Stop by and see what they've been up to!

Congrats, Anna!


Anna Pruitt successfully proposes her dissertation!

Way to go Anna!!

Another Publication!


Jack and Anna's article "A latent class analysis of self-identified reasons for experiencing homelessness: Opportunities for prevention" is accepted for publication in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology!

Article Published in AJCP


Anna and Jack's article with members of the Housing First Photovoice Community Group is published in the American Journal of Community Psychology. The article, "Housing First and Photovoice: Transforming lives, communities, and systems," is available for early view here.


Grant Awarded!


Congrats to Anna Pruitt and the Housing First Photovoice group for being awarded the SCRA Mini-Grant for their follow-up Photovoice study!

Award-winning RAs!


Congratulations to our undergraduate research assistants for their award-winning posters at the UH Fall 2017 Undergraduate Showcase! Nikolas Herrera took home 1st place for his poster, "Honeybees (Apis mellifera) Learn to Choose the Odd Size" with Dr. Couvillon. Adriana Botero & Tiffany Cha received honorable mention for their poster, "Exploring the Lives of Clubhouse Members on O‘ahu through Photovoice" with Jack & Joy.

CSS Newsletter Spotlight


Jack and Anna's report on Housing First gets recognized in the College of Social Sciences Fall Newsletter. See article here.

EcoLab Presents at AEA


Jack, Joy, & Sophie present on "Participatory Methods to Engaging Marginalized Stakeholders" at the American Evaluation Association 2017 Conference in Washington D.C.

Another Pub!


Jack and Anna have their article "A Latent Class Analysis of Self-identified Reasons for Experiencing Homelessness: Opportunities for Prevention" accepted for publication in the Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.

Publication Accepted!


Anna, Jack, and the Housing First Photovoice Group have their article, "Housing First and Photovoice: Transforming Lives, Communities, and Systems" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Community Psychology!

Anna Passes Comps!


Congrats to Anna Pruitt for passing her comprehensive exams! Next step, dissertation!

Sophie Wins Award!


Congrats to Sophie Gralapp for winning second place in the Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation Association Conference 2017 poster contest! The poster focused on her and Jack's evaluation of CHOW's wound care program.

EcoLab at H-PEA


EcoLab members give workshops at the 2017 Hawaiʻi-Pacific Evaluation Association Conference. Jack gives a workshop on propensity score matching and Joy and Anna give a workshop on Photovoice.

Anna Writes AEA Blog


Check out Anna's post on the American Evaluation Association's blog!

Jack Gets Tenure!


Congrats, Jack for being awarded tenure and a promotion to associate professor!

EcoLab Present at SCRA

6.21.17 - 6.24.17

Ecolab members attend SCRA in Ottawa, Canada! Joy presents her poster, "Empowerment in the medical realm: A qualitative review of studies from 10 countries" and leads a roundtable discussion, "The aftermath of the U.S. 2016 election: Bridging the gap among women." Jack presents his and Anna's work at "Research approaches to contextualizing homelessness" and co-leads a roundtable discussion on "Early career trajectories in community psychology: A presentation of findings and discussion of implications."

(Photo: Star Advertiser, 2017)

Our Work in the News!


Housing First study gets press coverage! See the Star Advertiser's "Homeless improve under city's Housing First program, study says."

Stevy Presents at APS


Stevy Scarbrough presents her poster, "Independence moderates the relationship between ethnic identity, achievement, and perceived stress" at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

Congrats, Min & Michelle


Congratulations to research assistants, Min Koo Kang and Michelle Marchant, on their graduation today! We wish them the best of luck!

EcoLab Potluck


EcoLab Potluck at Kaimana Beach Park at 4pm to celebrate the end of a successful semester! Hope to see everyone there!

Jack to Give Talk 4/21


Jack is giving a talk on Homelessness and Crime Friday, April 21, 2017 from 12-230pm in Saunders 637. Check it out!

Stevy Passes Comps!


Congrats to Stevy for passing her comps!! One more hurdle and then we can call her Dr. Scarbrough!

Jack Publishes in AJCP


Jack has an article on homeless service usage published in the American Journal of Community Psychology with former graduate student, Dr. Krissy Gleason, and UH Psychology Graduate Chair Dr. Charlene Baker!

Congrats, Joy!


Congrats to Joy Agner for successfully proposing her thesis!

Anna & Jack at HSA


Jack Barile and Anna Pruitt participate in a panel on “Homelessness in Hawaiʻi: Insights from Social Science” at the 2017 at the Hawaiʻi Sociological Association Annual Conference.

Joy Receives a Gartley


Congrats to Joy Agner for receiving a Gartley Award!


Congrats, Anna!


Congrats to Anna Pruitt for graduating with her Master's!

Thesis Defended!


Congrats to Anna Smith for successfully defending her thesis!

EcoLab in Atlanta


Jack, Anna, and Joy present at the American Evaluation Conference in Atlanta, GA!

Way to go, EcoLab!


Shoutout to Joy Agner for helping organize the International Conference on Healthy and Resilient Aging in Honolulu! And to Jack for presenting his paper: "Understanding the Development of Multiple Chronic Conditions in Older Adults Using Latent Class Analysis"!

In the Newsletter!


Check out the coverage of the PhotoVOICE project and exhibit in the Fall 2016 Psych Graduate Student Newsletter!

EcoLab at H-PEA


Jack Barile, Stevy Scarbrough, and Anna Smith presented demonstrations at the 2016 HPEA Conference in Kaneohe, HI! Jack presents: "When it Works for Some: How to Use Statistical Methodologies to Help Identify Moderators of Program Effects" and Stevy Scarbrough and Anna Smith present "Using Photovoice in Program Evaluation".

Jack on the Radio!


Dr. Jack Barile joins "The Conversation" on Hawaii Public Radio to discuss results from the first year evaluation report of Housing First. Listen here.

Photovoice News


Check out this article on UH news regarding our evaluation report on Housing First and the Photovoice project!! And this segment on Hawaii News Now and another segment on KFVE.

In the Local News


Jack & Anna's Photovoice project & report made it in the Star Advertiser! See article here.

Photovoice Exhibit


Tonight was the opening reception for the art exhibit featuring work from our Photovoice group with IHS Housing First clients! A collaborative effort with IHS, the City, and the College of Social Sciences, the reception took place at Honolulu Hale and featured remarks from the mayor, the dean of the College of Social Science, IHS Chaplain Terry Ogawa, Dr. Jack Barile, Anna Smith, and two of our client photographers! Thanks to everyone who made this event possible! Please check out the exhibit, which will be up through July 19th in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard. See KITV news coverage here.

EcoLab Publication


Dr. Jack Barile and Anna Smith's article, "Our Theories Are Only as Good as Our Methods" was published in The Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. Check it out here!

Joy in San Fran


Joy Agner presented her and Jack's poster, "Proxy Versus Self-report: Assessing Health-related Quality of Life and Functional Status in Older Adults" at the Society for Prevention Research 24th Annual Meeting in San Fran!

EcoLab Featured


Check out the spotlight on EcoLab in the summer edition of the Psych Graduate Student Newsletter!

Congrats, Stevy!


Stevy Scarbrough graduated with her Master's. Congrats, Stevy!

Eco Party!


The Eco-Lab had a fun end-of-the-semester pau hana at Himalayan Kitchen! Thanks, everyone, for a fun (and productive) semester!

Research Funded


Congrats to Anna Smith for receiving GSO funding to travel to South Carolina to conduct a pilot study with farmers affected by the 2015 flood!

Stevy Defends!


Congratulations to lab member, Stevy Scarbrough, for successfully defending her thesis on the relationship between cultural/ethnic identity and perceptions of wellness! Yay Stevy! Now onward to your PhD! :)

Joy Presents!


Joy Agner presented her poster, "Re-thinking Inclusion: Intersections with Culture, Stigma and Accessibility", at the 32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu!

Congrats, Anna!


Congrats to Anna Smith for successfully proposing her thesis!

Jack on the Radio


Dr. Jack Barile joined Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation" to discuss the Housing First evaluation report. Listen here.