Training Consultants

Paula Morelli,
M.S.W., PhD

Paula Toki Araullo Tanemura Morelli, M.S.W., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ph.D. Program Chair, and Mental Health Concentration Chair, University of Hawai`i, Manoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, is a third-generation Filipino and Japanese, who grew up in Molokai, Hawai`i. Her research and writing are in the areas of post-trauma stress, cross-cultural mental health, substance abuse treatment, and indigenizing research methodology. As a co- investigator of a Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Demonstration Grant, evaluating a substance abuse treatment program, she became interested in how to develop research with indigenous, community-based prevention and intervention programs. Her current research projects are funded by the Administration for Native Americans and Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center focus on indigenous prevention and recovery programs. She is also the primary investigator of a training grant from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, Hawai`i State Department of Health.

Peter Mataira,PHD is a senior health researcher at the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine‘s Pacific Basin Rehabilitation Research Training Center (PBRRTC). His interests are in design thinking, health literacy, social entrepreneurship, indigenous development and research. Peter taught social work at the University of Hawaii for 12 years and comes with extensive clinical and community-based experience particularly in working among indigenous people. He has published in a number of areas including indigenous leadership, evaluation research,  social enterprise building, and working with men. When not working Peter enjoys running, reading, music, tennis, rugby, travel, and being with family.  He is Maori from Aotearoa and is of Ngatiporou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Kahungunu and Te Arawa descent

Teresa Lathrop, M.S., M.F.T., is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. She achieved approved supervisor status with the AAMFT in 2000. She is a lecturer with the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work and has also taught for Wayland Baptist University, Hawaii Center. She was raised in California and was first licensed there as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1982 when she worked with adolescents in San Francisco County’s Juvenile Justice programs. Moving to Kauai, Hawaii in 1983, she became Director of the Kauai Women’s Center where for five years she worked extensively with sex abuse and intimate partner violence in a multi-cultural setting. After relocating to Oahu she has continued to work with families in her private practice and as a consultant. She has specialized in adolescent treatment, couple’s treatment, and family therapy for the past 29 years. She has worked in the field of sex abuse with victims, offenders, and families. Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, she has worked extensively with Hawaii’s military population especially in a family context where PTSD, family violence, and alcoholism are a presenting problem.

Dr. Thomas Morelli, a practicing psychiatrist for 49 years is partially retired, and continues to teach. He is a third generation Italian-American, who grew up in Westchester County, New York. He attended Cornell University, New York Medical College, and Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric residency. He was the Division Psychiatrist for the 101 Airborne Division of the US Army, prior to the Viet Nam War. He practiced in Southern California with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, working with families and adolescents; in Hawaii with the State Prison system and the Adult Mental Health Division. Between 1993-1996, he treated war veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Seattle, Washington. For the last decade, Dr. Morelli was the psychiatrist for the Student Counseling and Service Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. All of these experiences have been “…humbling, transformative and healing

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