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Meripa Godinet, PhD, MSW

Gartley Hall Rm. 216
Tel: 808.956.6239
Website: Child and Family Research Lab

Biographical Narrative

Dr. Godinet is currently a Professor with the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi. She has been a principal investigator of numerous research projects that focused on the impact of various systems and institutions on Pacific Islander adolescents and their families. Her scholarship includes issues of disproportionality and overrepresentation of Pacific Islanders in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems; risk and protective factors involving juvenile delinquency among Pacific Islander adolescents; and contributions to the advancement of cross cultural resonance in social work practice.


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

University of Washington

Research Interests

  • Juvenile delinquency prevention
  • Social and adjustment issues of Pacific Islander adolescents
  • Multi-culture and cross-culture issues


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