Denise Uehara

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Uehara is part-time contributing faculty research methodologist in the Riley School of Education. Her expertise is in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. She serves in both program capacities (EdD and PhD) for capstone and dissertation studies. She has over 30 years of educational research experience in areas addressing indigenous and diverse populations and conducts ongoing research and analytics related to student and faculty outcomes within a Hawaiian culture-based framework

Denise is the Principal Researcher and Knowledge Mobilizer for the Hawaiʻi campus of the Kamehameha Schools, an independent school serving Native Hawaiian students. Her extensive experience in research and evaluation at the K-16 levels across the Pacific includes investigations of early literacy development and assessment in various Pacific languages, educator absenteeism, professional development in diverse contexts, teacher evaluation, adult health behavioral changes, middle school pregnancy and STI prevention curriculum, and retention and attrition of Pacific Islander students in higher education.


PhD, Capella University

Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate, University of Hawaii

MEd, University of Hawaii

BA, University of Hawa’i


Uehara, D. L. (2018). A Day in the Life of an Institutional Researcher. NAIS, Independent Schools

Uehara, D. (2017). Chapter on American Samoa. Handbook of International Special Education

Uehara, D. (2012). A Descriptive Study in American Samoa: Services for People with Disabilities. Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Uehara, D. (2015). Culture as a Protective Factor: The Use of Storytelling in a Teen Pregnancy and STI Prevention Curriculum. Health Care: Current Reviews.

Uehara, D. (2005). Diversity in the schools: Implications for school counselors. Multicultural Perspectives

Uehara, D. (2011). Navigating the cultural landscape towards self-determination: Results of an exploratory study in American Samoa. Review of Disability Studies

Uehara, D. L. (2016). Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: Exploring Heritage Language, Culture and Constructs within a Service Learning Program. Heritage Language Journal: Special Issue on Service Learning

Uehara, D. (2011). The context of evaluation: Balancing rigor and relevance. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation


Uehara, D. (2010). Using Mixed Methods to Understand Adult Behavior Change.

Uehara, D. L. (2015). . Crossing Boundaries: Project Laulima a Merged General and Special Education Teacher Preparation Program. University of Hawaii

Uehara, D. (2014). Continuing the Conversation: Pacific Islanders in Higher Education at the University of Hawaii – Hilo. University of Hawaii

Uehara, D. (2008). Evaluating Professional Development through Partnership Quality, Teacher Knowledge and Pedagogy.

Uehara, D. (2005). Fidelity of Implementation. PREL/USDOE

Uehara, D. (2008). Navigating Rough Waters Toward Civic Responsibility: Evaluating an Employment Education Project within a Public/Private Partnership.

Uehara, D. L. (2019). Navigating the Role of the Independent School Institutional Researcher: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. Punahou School

Uehara, D. L. (2015). Tips for Supporting Pacific Islander Students Navigating Success in College.