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Clementina Ceria-Ulep, PhD, MSN, RN

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 402A
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-5233
Fax: 808-956-3257

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While Dr. Ceria-Ulep’s teaching focuses on adults, management, and administration, her research and scholarly activities have been on aging. Her research philosophy is, “Research is applied,” which is consistent with her role as a researcher at the School of Nursing with a mission of “transmitting knowledge, wisdom and values to promote quality of life and health for present and future generations,” and her personal mission of “making a difference in this world.”

She was always very interested in how one can postpone or prevent institutionalization of the elderly. This quest stems from her experiences as a child. Her family was fortunate to immigrate to Hawaii from the Philippines through the kindness of an uncle, a plantation worker in the early 1900’s. In the Philippines, her family and she lived first with her paternal and then later with her maternal grandparents. Her paternal grandmother lived until 96 and grandfather until over 100 and both were productive up until their 90’s. She believes that the longevity and productivity of her paternal grandparents are due to the physical activity as farmers that they engaged in throughout their lifetime.

This is in contrast to her experience in Hawaii where the elderly are institutionalized when they can no longer care for themselves. She believes that increasing physical activity in older adults can postpone or prevent institutionalization of older adults. Hence, her research focus on physical activity and how this contributes to healthy aging.

In 2004, Dr. Ceria-Ulep was noted for her Outstanding Dedication & Service for Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE). In 2010, she received the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the Filipino Nurses of Hawaii. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Alumni award from UH Manoa Nursing at their 60th Anniversary event.


PhD, Medical-College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
MS, University of Hawaii at Manoa
BS, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Clinical Practice

Adult Health and Administration

Teaching Focus

Professionalism in Nursing, Nursing Care of an Aging Population, End of Life Nursing, Ethics and Issues in Nursing, Introduction to Health Policy, Directed Study or Research, Directed Readings/Research, Nursing Research Practicum, Best Practices in Healthcare Management, and Seminar and Practicum in Nursing Administration

Research Focus

Predictors of Healthy Aging, Grandparenting, Caregiving Role and Health Status, Health Beliefs, Physical Activity and Physical Function, and Women’s Health as they age

Recent Publications

Mun, E., Nakatsuka, C., Umbarger, L., Ruta, R., McCarty, T., Machado, C., & Ceria-Ulep, C. (2017). Use of improving palliative care in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) guidelines for a palliative care initiative in an ICU. The Permanente Journal, 21, (1), 16-037.

Mun, E., Umbarger, L., Ceria-Ulep, C. & Nakatsuka, C. (2016). Palliative care processes embedded in the ICU workflow may reserve palliative care teams for refractory cases. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 1-6. doi: 10.1177/1049909116684821.
Mun, E., Ceria-Ulep, C., Umbarger, L., & Nakatsuka, C. (2016). Trend of decreased length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) and in the hospital with palliative care integration into the ICU. The Permanente Journal, 20, (4), 16-036.

Ceria-Ulep, C.D., & Simowitz, K. (2016). Caring for our Elders: Hawaii’s Chance to Make History. Journal of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology, 2, (1): 009.

Serafica, R, Ceria-Ulep, C. D., Lane, S. H. (2015) Hapag-kainan: Dietary consumption of fat, sugar, fruits, and vegetables among Filipino-Americans. Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, (3), 95-104.

Angosta, A.D., Ceria-Ulep, C.D., Tse, A. (2014). Care delivery for Filipino Americans using the Neuman Systems model..Nursing Science Quarterly, 27, (2), 142-148

Serafica, R. C., Lane, S. H. Ceria-Ulep, C. (2013). Dietary acculturation and predictors of anthropometric indicators among Filipino Americans. Sage Open. July-September 2013: 1-15. DOI: 10.1177/2158244013495543

Ceria-Ulep, C. D., Angosta, A., Asselstine, R. T., Castillo, M. A., Pagano, I. S., Li, D., & Wooton, A. (2012). Assessing physical activity and function in the Filipino older adults. Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 20, (1).

Ceria-Ulep, C. D., Serafica, R., Tse, A. M. (2011). Filipino older adults’ beliefs about physical activity. Nursing Forum, 46, (4) 240-250.

Hanashiro, V., Ceria-Ulep, C. D. (Edited by Flaskerud, J. H.) (2011). Native Hawaiians and physical activity. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32, 664-666. DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2011.552750

Ceria-Ulep, C. D., Tse, A. M. & Serafica, R. C. (2011) (Edited by Flaskerud, J. H.) Defining exercise in contrast to defining physical activity. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32: 476-478, DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2010.525692.

Ceria-Ulep. C.D. Grove, J., Chen, R., Masaki, K.H. Rodriguez, B.L., Donlon, T.A., Guralnik, J. Willcox, B.J., Willcox, D.C., Nigg, C., Curb, J.D. (2010). Physical aspects of healthy aging: Assessments of three measures of balance for studies in middle-aged and older adults. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research. Volume 2010. Article ID 849761, 8 pages, DOI: 10.1155/2010/849761.

Williams, P., Piamajariyakul, U., Kataoka-Yahiro, M., Alvaro, S., Ceria, C., Conley, L., Kotsubo, C., Leake, A., Ratliffe, S., 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.

Curb, J. D., Ceria-Ulep, C. D., Rodriguez, B. L., Grove, J., Guralnik, J., Willcox, B. J., Donlon, T. A., et al. (2006). Performance-based measures of physical function for high-function individuals. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 54, 737-742.

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

Funded Grants

Hawaii’s Statewide Plan to Ensure Academic Progression in Nursing To increase the percentage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses from 60 to 80% statewide by 2020
Robert Wood Johnson
08/2012 – 08/2014

Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA)
08/2011 – 05/2012
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