Meet our 1st Decolonizing Research panelist, Dr. T. Noelani Perreira, Psy.D.

Joining us for our Decolonizing Research online panel? Meet our first panelist Dr. T. Noelani Perreira, Psy.D.

Dr. Perreira is a Hawaiian Psychologist. Born on the island of Oahu, raised, rooted, and educated by Mauna Kea (ancestor/ancestral place), makua (parents), kupuna (elders) at Makahanaloa on Moku o Hawaii (the island of Hawaii), she is a mother, granddaughter, daughter, sister, friend, and colleague. Dr. Perreira was educated in the Hawaii public school system, earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the Chaminade University of Honolulu. In 2003 she earned her degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University of Honolulu after completing her clinical research project: Spirituality, Health, and Healing: Assumptions and Implication for Practice Across Multiple Approaches to Care.

In 2005 Dr. Perreira served as a Specialist assigned to implement Trauma-Informed Care with a focus on reducing and eliminating the use of seclusions and restraints in child and adolescent residential treatment facilities. The project was federally funded by SAMHSA with the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) Clinical Services Office (CSO) team. After taking time off for family, in 2010 Dr. Perreira opened a private practice and continued to engage in Hawaii community initiatives.

Currently, Dr. Perreira serves as primary care psychologist with Waimanalo Health Center (WHC). She joined the WHC 'ohana in November 2014. Since 2015, together with Carol Titcomb, MPH, M.D., and Leina'ala Bright, M.A., L.M.T. with the WHC 'ohana at-large, we began implementing care grounded in cultural practices not mutually exclusive of our clinical expertise and professional credentials.

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