A. Aukahi Austin, Ph.D.- Executive Director
Dr. Austin received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Clinical Studies Program at the
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2004. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Tripler Army
Medical Center (TAMC) with an emphasis in Community and Health Psychology and a post-
doctoral fellowship at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Department of Psychology in Child and
Adolescent Evidence Based Practice. Dr. Austin worked at the Waimānalo Health Center for 5
years using an integrated behavioral health approach with patients with complex chronic disease
conditions and significant economic and social challenges. She is interested in conducting
ongoing research regarding Native Hawaiian health, as well as the effectiveness of interventions
designed for delivery in rural areas. She is a member of Nā Limahana of Lonopūhā Native
Hawaiian Health Consortium.
Jill Oliveira Gray, Ph.D. – Director of Research and Evaluation, Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Oliveira Gray is a Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship recipient who received her doctoral
degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Clinical Studies Program in
2001. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology with a Health Psychology
emphasis at TAMC in 2002. She worked as the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Nā Pu
‘uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System clinic on the island of Moloka‘i from 2003-2010 and
joined the Integrated Behavioral Health Services staff at Waimānalo Health Center in 2008. She
was a member of the Committee on Rural Health within the American Psychological Association
from 2003-2006, served on the Ron Levant Presidential Task Force on Enhancing Diversity in APA,
and was President of the Hawaii Psychological Association in 2010. Since 2007, she has served on
the the Board of Directors for Alu Like, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improve the
social and economic self sufficiency for Native Hawaiians. She is currently the Board President.
She is a member of the Hawai`i State Board of Pharmacy. She is interested in research on
effective treatments for a broad range of psychological disorders seen in community health and
primary care settings and culturally responsive research and service delivery models for Native
Hawaiians and/or other medically underserved populations.
Dr. R. Mahana Chang, Psy.D. – Clinical Supervisor
ng received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Argosy University Hawaii in 2010. She
completed a pre-doctoral internship at Wai`anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and a post-
doctoral fellowship at I Ola Lāhui. She is currently the Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Kū Aloha
Ola Mau, and provides direct service for I Ola Lāhui at Healthways in Hilo. Her interests include
integrated behavioral health models, as well as rural and community health.
Sid Hermosura, Psy.D. – Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Hermosura received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Argosy University, Honolulu campus
in 2010. He completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at I Ola Lāhui. He
is currently a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Waimānalo Health Center, where he serves as a
Clinical Supervisor for I Ola Lāhui practicum students and pre-doctoral interns. He also works
with I Ola Lāhui as a part of their Kūlana Hawai`i program. His interests include the prevention
and treatment of chronic health conditions to the medically underserved, utilization of evidence-
based practice and practice-based evidence, and positive psychology.
Allison Hu Seales, Ph.D. – Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Seales received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Clinical Studies Program, University
of Hawai`i at Mānoa in 2008. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Tripler Army Medical
Center (TAMC) and a post-doctoral fellowship at I Ola Lāhui. She is currently the Behavioral
Health Director and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Na Pu`uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care
System on Moloka’i. She also services as a Clinical Supervisor for I Ola Lāhui at Lanai Community
Health Center Behavioral Health Department. Her interests include research on evidence-based
practice, outreach and prevention methods, integrated behavioral health models, and increasing
accessibility and availability of care in rural communities.
Keith D. Pedro, Psy.D. - Board of Director
Dr. Keith D. Pedro is the Forensic Program Manager for the Adult Mental Health Division-State of
Hawaii and an adjunct faculty for Kapi’iolani Community College. He has worked in the area of
Forensics for the past 4 years and has had clinical training in forensic psychology, developmental
psychology and geriatric psychology. His clinical interest are in developing culturally informed
forensic programs for severe and persistent mentally ill (SMPI) populations and educating
agencies on culturally appropriate techniques working with SMPI populations with legal
encumbrances. He has experience in designing and implementing Hale Imua Program for
Conditional Release Consumers and currently provides oversight monitoring of forensic programs
for the Department of Health.
Lihau Pike - Board of Director
Lihau is an entertainer and record label owner. A 1999 graduate of
Kamehameha Schools, Līhau attended UH Mānoa, receiving a Bachelors degree in Hawaiian
Studies and a Bachelors degree in Marketing in 2004. She then pursued a dual graduate degree
at UH Mānoa, graduating in 2006 with a Masters in Business Administration and in 2007 with a
Juris Doctorate from UH Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law. After passing the
Hawaiʻi State bar exam that same year, Līhau briefly worked on her own as an independent
cultural consultant, but closed that business when her musical career as one half of the duet,
Kūpaoa, took off. She and husband Kellen are now full-time entertainers and together they also
own a record label, Hulu Kūpuna Productions, which has produced multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano
award winning artists Kūpaoa, Mark Yamanaka and Nā Palapalai.
K. Beth Yano, Ph.D. – Board of Director
Dr. Yano earned her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Oregon,
Department of Psychology in 1989. She is a Child and Adolescent Psychology Services faculty
member at TAMC, and has been actively involved in the provision and supervision of behavioral
health services to rural communities on O`ahu, Maui, Kaua`i, and the Big Island for over 10
years. Her interests include community outreach and prevention, organizational and team
development and child, adolescent and family interventions.
I Ola Lāhui was developed specifically to address Native Hawaiian and rural community health disparities by providing effective, culturally-
minded assessment and interventions for chronic disease management and more traditional mental health needs, increasing the number of
trained psychologists available to work with Native Hawaiian and rural communities, and conducting research to determine the effectiveness of
the interventions we provide. I Ola Lāhui is designed to serve Native Hawaiians and other medically underserved groups through specialized
training exclusively in Hawaii’s Native Hawaiian Health Care System (NHHCS) clinics, Community Health Centers (CHCs), and related programs.
Although we, as an organization, aspire to have a significant impact upon the health and well being of all Native Hawaiians and other medically
underserved groups living in rural areas, our mission is simple and based soundly in a real desire to improve the lives of the people in our islands.
I Ola Lāhui is supported in part by grants from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and its charity partner, The Harry
and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
I ola lāhui expresses our intent to improve the health and well being of our people. It means, “So that the people will live and thrive.” The I
Ola Lāhui mission is to provide culturally-minded evidence-based behavioral health care that is responsive to the needs of medically
underserved and predominantly Native Hawaiian rural communities along with the general population of Hawaii. In recognition of Hawai'i's
urgent need for more quality mental health care, I Ola Lāhui is committed not only to providing services, but also to investigating the
effectiveness of the services we provide and to training future providers with the hope of making a substantial contribution to the health and
well being of our lāhui.
Staff & Board of Directors
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