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Theresa Kreif, MSW, LSW
Junior Specialist, Assistant to the Dean

Gartley Hall Rm. 201E
Tel: 808.230.4806

Biographical Narrative

Theresa M. Kreif, MSW, LSW is currently a tenured faculty member at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. For over a decade she has directed the University of Guam/University of Hawaii MSW partnership, increasing representation of Micronesia connected social workers. She is currently launching  the Thompson School’s workforce development initiatives specifically connected to the geographic region of Micronesia. Her work also includes leading Micronesians Advancing in Health Professions, a program developed to identify pathways and support to people from the Micronesian region into social work and public health professions. Additionally, she leads the interdisciplinary Ke A’o Mau Programs, a series of initiatives that broaden faculty, student, and alumni understanding of and approaches to healing/health through interdisciplinary, culturally-anchored education informed by Native Hawaiian values, practices, and principles.

She holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis (Master of Social Work) which was focused on community building with marginalized populations, international focus, and a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University. Prior to her work at UH Mānoa she held positions in the Hawai`i State Department of Education,  Peace Corps Micronesia-as aVolunteer on Yap (FSM) with Yap DOE & Court System, and as the Co-Director of Institutional Strengthening at a Belizean non-profit.


MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002

BA, Social Work, Wichita State University, 1997

Research Interests

  • Micronesian health & wellbeing
  • Pacific connected workforce development
  • University/Community Partnerships
  • Integration of traditional Native Hawaiian and Micronesia connected health and wellness practices
  • Administration


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