COE Faculty and Staff > Center on Disability Studies > David Leake
- Center on Disability Studies
- 2000 PhD Anthropology (Medical focus) UH Manoa
- 1987 MPH International Health UH Manoa
- 2014 BA Psychology Princeton University
Area(s) of Interest
- Transition to adulthood of at-risk youth
- Child and adolescent mental health
- Postsecondary education for people with disabilities
- Culturally responsive curricula
Brief BiographyI grew up mainly in a Chicago suburb and ended up in Hawaii by a route that began with joining the US Peace Corps as a way to see the world after graduating from college with a Bachelors in psychology. I did two two-year Peace Corps stints in the areas of clean water supplies and then health education in the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah. I stayed on to work as an editor on English-language newspapers in Sabah and the neighboring Sultanate of Brunei. However, I decided that journalism was not the career for me and came to UH Manoa on an East-West Center fellowship to pursue a PhD in medical anthropology. This choice was inspired by my cross-cultural experiences in the health field in Malaysia. Enroute to the PhD I also got a Masters of Public Health specializing in international health. However, my East-West Center fellowship ran out in 1989 before finishing the PhD, so I found a research position with the Center on Disability Studies where I have worked ever since. I have been a researcher, evaluator, project director, and principal investigator for a range of research and demonstration projects in the areas of transition to adulthood, child and adolescent mental health, and development of curricula that are culturally responsive for students including those of Native Hawaiian heritage. One current focus is helping ensure that housing in Hawaii is built to 21st Century standards that enable accessibility by wheelchair users.
- Leake, D. W., & Black, R. S. (2005). Cultural and linguistic diversity: Implications for transition personnel (Essential Tools Monograph Series). Minneapolis, MN: Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.
- Leake, D. W. (2000). Cultural models relevant to the problem of anger for youngsters perceived as troubled and troubling in a “tough” community in Hawaii (Ph.D. Dissertation, Anthropology, UH Manoa) .
- Leake, D. W. (2015). Problematic data on how many students in postsecondary education have a disability. Journal on Postsecondary Education and Disability, 28(1), 73–87.
- Leake, D. W., & Stodden, R. A. (2014). Higher education and disability: Past and future of underrepresented populations. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability Disability, 27(4), 399–408.
- Leake, D. W., & Skouge, J. (2012). Introduction to Forum Issue: "Self-determination" as a social construct: Cross-cultural considerations. Review of Disability Studies, Vol. 8, Issue 1, 5–10.
- Leake, D. W. (2012). Self-determination requires social capital, not just skills and knowledge. Review of Disability Studies, Vol. 8, Issue 1, 34–43.
- Leake, D. W., Burgstahler, S., & Izzo, M. (2011). Promoting transition success for culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities: The value of mentoring. Creative Education, Vol. 2, No. 2, 121–129.
- Black, R. S., & Leake, D. W. (2011). Teachers' views of self-determination for students with emotional/behavioral disorders: The limitations of an individualistic perspective. International Journal of Special Education, 26, 147–161.
- Black, R. S., & Leake, D. W. (2011). Teachers' views of self-determination for students with emotional/behavioral disorders: The limitations of an individualistic perspective. International Journal of Special Education, 26 (1), 147–161.
- Kelly, M., Roberts, K. D., Leake, D. W., & Stodden, R. A. (2007). Technologies for self-determination for youth with developmental disabilities. Technologies for Voice: Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 42(4), -.
- Leake, D. W., & Boone, R. (2007). Multicultural perspectives on self-determination from youth, parent, and teacher focus groups. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 30(2), 104–115.
- Leake, D. W. (2014, May). Beyond compliance with the ADA and Rehabilitation Act: Welcoming people with disabilities into social spheres. Presented at Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.
- Leake, D. W. (2012, March). Social capital: A critical but neglected factor in services for youth with mental health challenges. Presented at Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.
- Leake, D. W. (2011, March). Social capital as a critical but neglected factor in system of care research, practice, and policy. Presented at Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.
Research / Evaluation Reports
- Leake, D. W., Okoji, L. K. O., & Arquero, M. M. (2017, November). Project HI-AWARE Evaluation Report, October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017. Honolulu, HI: Center on Disability Studies, UH Manoa.
- Leake, D. W., Dewoody, H. M., Chow, S. K., Tom, T. M. Y., & Kong, E. (2016, November). Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice with a Focus on People with Disabilities. Honolulu, Hawaii: Center on Disability Studies, UH Manoa.
- Leake, D. W., Ozaki, R. S., & Ho, L. S. L. (2014, January). Closing report: 2013 National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey – Hawaii. Center on Disability Studies, UH Manoa.