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Merle Kataoka-Yahiro, DrPH, APRN, RN-BC

Associate Professor


School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 409
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-5329, Fax: 808-956-3257
Email: merle@hawaii.edu


Dr. Kataoka-Yahiro has 27 years of experience in nursing education and practice, specializing in parent-child nursing. She has contributed to all levels of the department’s instructional program: BS, MS, and PhD. She has served as the Graduate Chair and has overseen the curriculum audit of the Master’s Graduate Core and APN curriculum, Master’s Entry in Nursing Program, and Current and Revised Undergraduate Nursing Programs in preparation for the CCNE accreditation. She is responsible for graduate nursing courses in family nursing, curriculum evaluation, teaching practicum for nursing education, and nursing research. Her publications in education are in critical thinking and decision-making, service-learning, and cultural diversity. She has served as a Reviewer and Board Member of the Journal of Nursing Education (1998-2008). Her area of research study is focused on family caregiving and culture, decision-making, and end of life care. She has been funded and has published and presented in the area of family caregiving and culture, decision-making, and end of life care. She serves as a nurse researcher and educational consultant with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii (2006 to present). She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Western Institute of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Psi Chapter, and the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association. She is also an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Trainer. In 2009, she became an AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellow.


Dr.P.H., University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
MPH, Northwestern University, School of Medicine, Public Health
MS, Rush University, College of Nursing
BSN, University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Nursing

Clinical Practice: 

Parent-Child Nursing

Teaching Focus or Educational Interest: 

Curriculum Evaluation in Nursing Education, Method & Measurement in Nursing Research, Directed Study or Research, Nursing Research Practicum, Dissertation Research, Supervised Practicum in Teaching, Contemporary Ethical Issues in Healthcare, Alternative Nursing Interventions, and Introduction to Nursing Research

Research Focus: 

Family Caregiving and Culture, Decision-making, and End of Life Care

Recent Publications: 

Inouye, J., Braginsky, N., & Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (2011). Randomized clinical trials of self-
management with Asian/Pacific Islanders. Clinical Nursing Research, 20(4), 366-403.
doi: 10.1177/1054773811417708

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

Kataoka-Yahiro, M., Richardson, K., & Mobley, J. (2011). Benefits, barriers, and intentions/desires of nurses related to distance learning in rural island communities. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 42(3),127-135. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20101201-01

Kataoka-Yahiro, M., Conde, F, Wong, R., Page, V., & Peller, B. (2010). Advance care planning among Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians receiving hemodialysis for stage 4 to 5 chronic kidney disease. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 16 (1), 32-40

Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (2010). Filipino American grandparent caregivers’ roles, acculturation, and perceived health status. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 17 (1), 24-33.

Cohen, S.M. & Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (2010). Provider adherence to clinical guidelines related to lipid-lowering medications. Military Medicine, 175 (2), 1-5.

Williams, P, Piamajariyakul, U., Kataoka-Yahiro, M., Alvaro, S., Ceria, C., Conley, L., Kotsubo, C., Leake, A., Ratliffe, C., Urso, P., & Williams, A.R. (2009). Effects of an intervention for Hawaiian American siblings and caregivers of children with chronic illness or disability: A pilot study. The University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association International, 5 (1), 44-46.

Cohen, S. M. & Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (2009). Themes in the literature related to cardiovascular disease risk reduction. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 24 (4), 268-276.

Ellermann, C., Kataoka-Yahiro, M., & Wong, L. (2006). Building of logic models: A nursing movement in the curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education, 45 (6), 220-227.

Kataoka-Yahiro, M., & Saylor, C. (1996, 2001, 2005). A critical thinking model for nursing judgment. In Potter and Perry (Ed.), Fundamentals of nursing (4th, 5th, 6th eds.).

Willgerodt, M.A., Kataoka-Yahiro, M., Kim, E., & Ceria, C. (2005). Issues of instrument translation in research with Asian immigrant populations. Journal of Professional Nursing, 21 (4), 231-239.

Funded Grants: 

Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (Principal Investigator) – National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii – “Care, Wishes, and Choices and End of life Issues among Asian American and Native Hawaiian Caregivers of Individuals Receiving Hemodialysis for Stage 4-5 Chronic Kidney Disease.”

Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (Principal Investigator) – Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Psi Chapter – Research Grant. “End of life Issues among Asian American and Native Hawaiian Individuals Receiving Hemodialysis for Stage 4-5 Chronic Kidney Disease.”

Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (Principal Investigator) – Hawaii State Center for Nursing – Research Grant. “Exploratory Study to Assess Preliminary Distance Learning Needs for Nurses on Neighbor Islands in the State of Hawaii.”

Kataoka-Yahiro, M. (Prinicipal Investigator) – Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Training Grant. “Competitive Continuation (Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Project.”

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