Public Health Professor Collaborates in Research with Faculty of Universities in the Philippines

Associate Professor of Public Health Christian Gloria, Ph.D., presented his current research on the "Risks and Resilience of Filipino Immigrants in Hawai‘i," serving as a guest lecturer in November at top universities of the Philippines including Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines Manila.  

In collaboration with faculty from Angeles University Foundation and the University of the Assumption,  Gloria also serves as a co-investigator for a new two-year research project titled "Mental Health Across Ages: Identifying Issues and Trends." The research team will soon begin collecting and establishing baseline mental health data from three age groups, children, adolescents and adults, across the Pampanga province of the Philippines. As it relates to the groundbreaking work Gloria and his fellow researchers will engage in, it is relevant to note President Rodrigo Duterte signed the approval of the Philippine Mental Health Law or Republic Act 11036 on June 21, 2018. 

Gloria is the public health expert of the project's interdisciplinary team, which includes 12 other researchers from the areas of psychology, counseling, education, nursing, information technology, medicine and psychiatry. Gloria’s primary roles for this project are to provide guidance over the field data collection methods, the development of community- and workplace-based wellness programs, and to co-author articles for international publications. He will travel to the Philippines several times each year for this research project, which is funded by HPU's College of Health and Society and Department of Public Health, Angeles University Foundation, the Philippine Commission on Higher Education, and the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.