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Loriena  Yancura

Name :

Loriena Yancura

Title :


Unit :

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Address :

2515 Campus Road
                  Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

Miller Hall 201B

Phone :

(808) 956-2254

Fax :

(808) 956-2241

E-mail :

Specialties :

Research Methods (Quantitative/Qualitative), Gerontology, Intergenerational Relations, Rural Families, Family Caregiving, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Stress and Coping, Companion Animals (Dogs)

Professional Prep/Appointments :

Professional Appointments at UHM
2017– present Program Coordinator, Human Development and Family Studies
2011 –present UHM Honors Faculty
2004 –present Professor (2017), Associate Professor (2010-2017), Assistant Professor (2004-2010)
2017- 2018 Director, Partners in the Park Summer Program, Volcanoes National Park, National Collegiate Honors Council
2016 FUBIS: Freie Universitat, Berlin Germany Resident Director, UHM Study Abroad Program

Selected Post Doctoral Certificates and Training
2015-2016 LEAD21 Leadership for the 21st Century, Class XI, APLU
2014 Taiwan Intergenerational Study Tour, Penn State Intergenerational and Aging Programs
2013 Methods for Engaging Communities National Institute of Aging Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research
2007 Grantsmanship Certificate, CSREES
2005 Summer Institute on Aging Fellow, National Institute of Aging

Projects :

GRANDCares- Strength-Based Interventions for Grandfamilies
Human Animal Interaction in Community Contexts
Interactions of individual, family, community, and policy contexts on the mental and physical health of diverse rural low-income families

Selected Courses Taught:

FAMR 333 Adolescence 
FAMR 334 Adulthood and Aging
FAMR 380 Research Methods
FAMR 491 Careers in Gerontology
FAMR 499 Independent Study

HON 199  Introduction to Research at UH Manoa
HON 291  Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging
HON 299  Gone to the Dogs!  Canines in Research.
HON 491 Research Methods

Research Interests :

Health and Aging
Stress and Health
Family Caregiving
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Cultural Diversity
Human-Animal Interaction
Family Caregiving
Rural Families

Selected Recent Publications :

Yancura (in press). Common Strengths of Various Types of Family Caregiving: Applications for Research, Teaching and Practice in Family and Consumer Science. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1-22.

Wilmoth, J., Yancura, L., Barnett, M., & Oliver, B. (2018). The Contributions of Religiosity, Doubt, and Raising Grandchildren to Well-Being in Older Adults. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 1-22.

Ontai, L., Barnett, M., Smith, S., Wilmoth, J., & Yancura, L. (2018). Understanding Family Well-Being in the Context of Rural Poverty: Lessons from the Rural Families Project. Family Science Review, 22, 39-53.

Yancura, L., Greenwood-Junkermeier, H., & Fruhauf, C. (2018). “These Classes Have been my Happy Place”: Feasibility Study of a Self-Care Program in Native Hawaiian Custodial Grandparents. The Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 103-109.

Yancura, L. (2017). Ho‘omana‘o: A Framework for Reminiscence Interventions with Native Hawaiian Elders. International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review, 4 (2), 59-66.

Dolbin-MacNab, M. & Yancura, L. (2017). International Perspectives on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Caregiving in Context. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 3-33.

Barnett, M., Yancura, L.A., Wilmoth, J., & Sano, Y. (2016). Wellbeing Among Rural Grandfamilies in Two Multigenerational Household Structures. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 3 (1).

Yancura, L. A., Fruhauf, C., & Greenwood, H. (2016). Recognizing Microaggressions: A Tool to Foster Well-Being in Grandfamilies. Grandfamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice, and Policy, 3 (1).

Yancura, L. A. (2013). Service Use and Unmet Service Needs in Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56, 473-486. DOI:10.1080/01634372.2013.804471.

Yancura, L. A. (2013).  How to make reminiscence movies:  A project-based gerontology course. Educational Gerontology, 39,  828-839.  DOI:10.1080/03601277.2013.767082

Fuller-Thomson, E., Kao, F., Brennenstuhl, S., & Yancura, L. A. (2013). Exploring gender differences in the association between childhood physical abuse and thyroid disorders. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(6), 590-610.

Reilly, A., Yancura, L. A., & Young, D. M. (2013). Three predictive variables of social physique anxiety among gay men. Psychology & Sexuality, 4 (3), 1-11.

Yancura, L.A., (2012). Justifications for Caregiving in White, Asian American, and Native Hawaiian Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs098.

Kataoka-Yahiro, M., Yancura, L., Page, V., & Inouye, J. (2011).  Advance care planning decision making among Asian Pacific Islander family caregivers of stage 4 to 5 chronic kidney disease patients on hemodialysis: A focus group study.  Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, 13 (6), 426-435.

Yancura, L. (2010).  Creating Culturally Sensitive Brochures for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Hawaii.  Health Promotion Practice, 11, (3), 400-407.

Aldwin, C.M., & Yancura, L. (2010). Effects of stress on health and aging: Two paradoxes. California Agriculture. 64, (4), 183-188.

Yancura, L. & Aldwin, C. M. (2009).  Stability and Change in Retrospective Reports of Childhood Events over a Five-Year Period: Findings from the Davis Longitudinal Study.  Psychology and Aging, 24, 715-721.