Department of Psychiatry assists with O`ahu Point in Time Count 2020


PIT Kaka`ako Survey Team: Zainisha Ogwaro, Kupu; Robin Zeller, Psychiatry; Josh Fuentes and Morgan Esarey, Partners in Care; and Kalani Napihaa, Institute for Human Services.

The US Housing and Urban Development “requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night,” and “The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January.” The PIT surveys provide data which assist local and federal entities to direct resources strategically to areas and populations with higher need. Both counts are conducted nationally and administered locally.

On Thursday January 23rd, Partners in Care and numerous other organizations which assist unstably housed individuals conducted the O`ahu 2020 Point in Time Count. Mr. Robin Zeller of the Department of Psychiatry Research Division participated in the PIT for Region 2, which includes the JABSOM Kaka`ako area where DoP Research is located. Robin is a Program Associate on our youth substance use needs assessment project, which focuses on the intersection of substance use and homelessness, among other life challenges.

Robin met with his assigned team of volunteers and outreach workers working at 4:00 am (see photo). Together, they drove and walked through the area surrounding Ala Moana Beach Park meeting people as they began their day. Many of the people encountered were in regular contact with Kalani, the outreach worker helping Robin’s group, and were aware that the survey was taking place that morning. Both those who agreed to take the survey and those who did not were very kind and understanding; the morning involved many happy moments and laughs along with serious discussions about the experience of unstable housing. Robin has said, “I very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with individuals from multiple agencies and learning more about the ways people experience unsheltered situations in Honolulu.” For more information about the Point in Time Count, visit the Partners in Care webpage where they describe the study, have reports from previous years, and answer common questions.

Welcome Dr. Gerald Busch!

The Department of Psychiatry welcomes Gerald Busch, MD, MPH to the ‘ohana. Dr. Busch is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Busch attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where he received his doctorate in Medicine. He completed his Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Busch also completed his Master of Public Health degree from the Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University. His research and clinical interests are in community resilience and public health aspects of psychiatry.

Welcome Dr. Daniel Cho!

The Department of Psychiatry welcomes Daniel Cho, MD to the ‘ohana. Dr. Cho attended the John A. Burns School of Medicine where he received his doctorate in Allopathic Medicine. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. His research and clinical interests are in integrative medicine and sports psychiatry.

PSTY 499 Students Presented @ JABSOM Annual BioMed Symposium (4/25/19)

Trinh T & Goebert D. 2019. Youth voice in suicide prevention in Hawai`i. Poster, Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium, Honolulu, HI.

Halvorson A & Helm S. 2019. Evidence of elevated substance use in high need low resource populations. A review of the publicly available literature. Poster, Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium, Honolulu, HI.

PSTY 499: Directed Studies in Mental Health Research

  • Directed research courses provide students with direct, hands-on experience on real research projects currently facilitated by Principal Investigators in the Department of Psychiatry. Our programs of mental health research range from treatment studies, to prevention studies, to health promotion and policy studies, and systems of care; involve a variety of research methods and approaches; and cover the continuum of translational science. Seminars and projects reflect the Department of Psychiatry-Research Division’s emphasis on culture as an important factor in mental health.
  • To become eligible to enroll, students must submit a letter of interest to Dr. Susana Helm, along with their resume, current transcript, and a writing sample. Highly qualified students will be interviewed to determine student-mentor-project fit.
    • Undergraduate students may enroll in PSTY 499 with Psychiatry Faculty Mentor approval.
    • Graduate students may enroll in with their departmental and Psychiatry Faculty Mentor approval.