HPU Receives Federal Research Grant

March 10, 2011

Hawai‘i Pacific University has been awarded a competitive research grant to develop a culturally specific drug prevention program for Hawaiian youth on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded the $529,771 grant to conduct drug prevention pilot and feasibility research for three years (2011-2014). The principal investigator is Scott Okamoto, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Hawai‘i Pacific University. “It is very exciting that the priorities of the Big Island are being recognized at the federal level,” he said.

The project is a collaboration among Hawai‘i Pacific University, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education, with support from the County of Hawai‘i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

The project is largely based on findings from a multi-year, pre-prevention study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which examined the social context of drug use for youth on Hawai‘i Island.

Okamoto has been with HPU since August 2005 and has been the recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Trustees’ Scholarly Endeavors Program.