Inspired by patient wisdom, we conduct innovative research focused on disparities and social determinants in health and behavioral health – with particular interest in adolescent & young adult (AYA) cancer survivorship. Our goal is to eliminate man-made suffering.

– Christabel Cheung, PhD, MSW
Principal Investigator

LAB MEMBERS


Matthew S. Garrido, MSW, LCSW, BCD, MAJ, USA
Doctoral Student Researcher

Matthew S. Garrido joins the Cheung Research Lab after meeting Dr. Christabel Cheung at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work in 2017. His research interests include Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship in relation to adverse childhood experiences and resilience. He has over 23 years of active duty military service in the U.S. Army. Prior to pursuing his research interests, he served as the Director of Training for the Social Work Internship Program for the U.S. Army Health Clinic at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Matthew has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Chaminade University.
garridom@hawaii.edu

 


Monica Garcia Norlander, MPH, MLIS, MA
Pre-Doctoral Student Researcher

Monica Garcia Norlander joins the Cheung Research Lab after meeting Dr. Christabel Cheung at the National Cancer Institute’s Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research, co-sponsored by UCSF-UCLA in June 2018. Her research interests include Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship in relation to work and support systems. She has served as Project Director and Project Manager for multi-million dollar National Institute of Health grants on health equity and cancer disparities in Chicago, IL. Before pursuing her research interests, she was a management and operations consultant at Stanford Health Care’s Cancer Center. Monica has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Master’s Degrees and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. Monica is a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor since date of diagnosis, April 24, 2017.
monica@mail.harvard.edu,
monicagarcia.org
@MonicaBruin

 


Rachel Savereux, BSW
Graduate Student Researcher

Rachel is in her second year of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, and holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Eastern Washington University. Her interest in research grew during her first year in the MSW program, where she began to better understand the important role that research plays within the scope of social work. The majority of her experience has been working with youth in different capacities including the juvenile justice system, behavioral mental health and as a Youth Development Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps (Ukraine 2010-2012).
savereux@hawaii.edu

 


Katherine Wear, BA
Graduate Student Researcher

Katie is in her second year of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in the Comparative History of Ideas. Katie’s interest in research stems from a personal passion for evidence-based mental health practices, including current and ongoing research in meditation and mindfulness. Katie has many years of experience working with youth in mentorship and education within the United States and many countries abroad.
kwear@hawaii.edu

 


Brian Yi, BA
Graduate Student Researcher

Brian is in his second year in the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Hawaii. Studying sociology as an undergraduate and his interests in community and societal studies have led him to pursue a Master of Social Work. Brian’s research interests include drug abuse and addiction. He is a student volunteer at the Hawaii State Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD). He aims to work within and give back to his community by improving community relations.
byi@hawaii.edu

 

University of Hawaii
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
2430 Campus Road, Gartley Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-6127
cheungck@hawaii.edu