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Kristen D. Gleason

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Southern Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN

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About Kristen

Gleason received her Ph.D. in Community and Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2016. Her current research focuses on understanding the systemic and structural factors that contribute to and maintain homelessness. She is committed to fostering collaborative community partnerships and addressing local concerns in socially just and practical ways.


Understanding Human Trafficking in the Hawaiian Islands


"Human Trafficking in Hawai`i from the Perspective of Service Providers," 121st Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, 2013.
Examines the problem of human trafficking in Hawai’i, and how to address issues for service providers that arise in the context of a multi-island state where important resources may not be localized.
"Increasing Knowledge of Sexual Abuse: A Study with Elementary School Children in Hawai`i" (with Charlene K. Baker, Rachel Naai, Jennifer Mitchell, and Christine Trecker). Research on Social Work Practice 23, no. 2 (2013): 167-178.
Evaluates changes in children’s knowledge of sexual abuse using a school-based train-the-trainer curriculum, with emphasis placed on developing a curriculum that considered the unique cultural context in Hawai‘i.
"Puni Ke Ola: Life Flourishes in a Drug-Free Community" (with Susana Helm, Wayde Lee, Vanda Hanakahi, Kayne McCarthy, Kyung Moo Kim, Jared Char, Davis Rehuher, and Haumana [students]). The Community Psychologist 46, no. 3 (2013): 27-29.
Explores how knowledge of Hawaiian cultural values and beliefs and honoring indigenous “ways of knowing” can lead to more effective and meaningful substance abuse prevention programs for Hawaiian youth.