Kelly Roberts, PhD

Pacific Basin Program
University of Hawaii, Center on Disability Studies
1410 Lower Campus Road, #171F
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-392-9009
Secondary Phone: 808-956-2303
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: January 31, 2017


Primary Activity Coordinators: Research
Cultural Diversity
Person Centered Planning
Discipline Coordinators: Special Education
Assistive Technology
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
Disability Studies
Education: General
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
Research: Assistive technology, learning disabilities, multicultural education, transition, and postsecondary education for individuals with ID.
Education: PhD in Education; MEd in Emotionally Impaired; BS in Psychology & Reading; ATP certified; Certified teacher of Reading k-12; certified special education teacher k-12; and completed many trainings on research design and analysis.
Service: Serves on the board of: a Hawaiian Based Public Charter School; Human subjects review board member at UHM; Past Board Member, Association of University Centers on Disabilities; Past Chair (2015), Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Council on Research and Evaluation; Editorial Review Board, Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability


Diverse experience in the education field including learning disabilities, postsecondary education access/transition, assistive technology, and multicultural education. Applied research experience in assistive technology, health, culturally responsive curricula, postsecondary education, and transition. Administrative and supervisory roles in university and mental health settings. Applied knowledge in the disability field including direct interaction with persons with severe physical involvements; developmental disabilities including autism; learning disabilities; and intellectual and emotional impairments. Experience working with persons from culturally and linguistically, diverse backgrounds including Native Hawaiians, African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians, Samoans, and other Pacific Islanders including those from Micronesia. Ability to easily transition among ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural lines.