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Sarah Momilani Marshall, PhD, LSW
Assistant Professor

Biographical Narrative

Sarah Momilani Marshall is an Assistant Professor in the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her PhD in social welfare from UH Mānoa’s Thompson School and her MSW from San Josè State University. Her program of research concentrates on understanding social, behavioral, and cultural determinants of health within rural Hawaiian communities, especially those that impact substance use resistance among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) youth. As a Native Hawaiian researcher, she is passionate about addressing health disparities and pursuing health equity for indigenous populations and elevating the voice of Indigenous perspectives. In addition to substance use prevention, she is also currently involved in community-engaged, culturally-based research that seeks to magnify the dissemination of an innovative Native Hawaiian Health Survey and to integrate Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML) into the data collection efforts of Community Health Workers in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.


Ph.D., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

MSW, San José State University

MAIS, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

MDiv, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

BA in English and Anthropology, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Research Interests

  • Substance use prevention among NHPI youth
  • Social, behavioral, and cultural determinants of health among NHPI populations
  • Indigenous CBPR methodologies that promote the decolonization of social work research


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