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Clifford Bersamira, PhD, AM
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 205C
Phone: 808.956.6245
Fax: 808.956.5964

Biographical Narrative

Cliff Bersamira is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. (M.S.W. equivalent) from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Chicago, he received health services research training through an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded National Research Service Award T32 predoctoral program. Dr. Bersamira’s qualitative and mixed-methods research relates to addiction treatment and recovery support services, federal and state-level behavioral health policy reforms, and behavioral health disparities among Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations in the U.S. His recent projects include a study of state-level addiction service delivery and policy implementation as part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey (NDATSS) State Case Studies Project and a study of policy-making stakeholder perspectives on recovery-oriented addiction policies and services. Previously, he has worked with recovering heroin users in San Francisco, served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, and provided technical assistance to state government agencies in Washington, DC at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.


Ph.D., University of Chicago
A.M., (M.S.W. equivalent), University of Chicago
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Policies and Service Delivery
  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Services and Healthcare Reform
  • Recovery Support Services and Mutual Aid
  • Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian Behavioral Health Disparities
  • Behavioral Health Systems and Services Integration


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