Ka'iwi Shoreline Trail with Diamond Head in the Distance, O'ahu, Hawai'i

Anna Smith Pruitt, MA is a doctoral candidate in the Community & Cultural Psychology program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research focuses on the ways in which individuals and communities are impacted by environmental and contextual factors (including historical, cultural, and social factors). By taking an ecological and feminist intersectional approach, her research attempts to quantify and explain the ways in which individual and contextual factors interact to impact community and individual health and quality of life. Her research has practical application with an ultimate goal of social justice and equitable distribution of resources. Specifically, her research interests include: university-community partnerships, disaster impacts on community-based organizations, homelessness narratives and their impacts on policy, innovative methodologies that capture context, participatory research approaches and methods, & innovative qualitative methods.