Sela Panapasa

Sela Panapasa

Associate Research Scientist, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research.
Ph.D., Sociology, Brown University
Dr. Panapasa studies family support and intergenerational exchanges among aged Pacific Islanders living in the US and Pacific region. Her work examines changes in elderly living arrangements and headship status in response to demographic and socioeconomic change. Her interests include family demography, race and ethnicity, measuring health disparities and comparative studies.

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Panapasa, Sela, James McNally, Steven Heeringa, and David R. Williams. 2015. "Impacts of Long-term Obesity on the Health Status of Samoan and Tongan Men in the United States: Results from the Pacific Islander Health Study." Ethnicity and Disease, 25(3): 279-286.

Panapasa, Sela, M.K. Mau, David R. Williams, and James McNally. 2010. "Mortality Patterns of Native Hawaiians Across Their Lifespan: 1990-2000." American Journal of Public Health, 100(11): 2304-2310. PMCID: PMC2951954.

Panapasa, Sela. 2009. "Social, Demographic, and Cultural Characteristics of Pacific Islanders." In Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action edited by Chau Trinh-Shevrin and Mariano Jose Rey. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Panapasa, Sela, and J. Maharaj. 2003. "Oral health of older adults in Fiji: 1985-1999." Pacific Health Dialog, 10: 28-34.

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