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Uliana Kostareva, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing ​
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 218
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: 808-956-3262
Fax: 808-956-0547

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Uliana Kostareva is an assistant professor at the UH Manoa Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing (NAWSON). Her research focuses on transcultural nursing and health communication in the context of health equity. She is particularly interested in how health literacy, social determinants of health, and culturally and linguistically appropriate care influence health information communication, health decision-making, and health outcomes.

Dr. Kostareva earned her associate degree in nursing with the distinction of class valedictorian from UH Kapiolani Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UH Manoa with the academic achievement award. She joined NAWSON as a graduate research assistant in 2018 and completed her PhD at UH Manoa in 2021.

Her research has been published and presented nationally and internationally. She received a full scholarship from the UH NAWSON Global Health Program for her PhD education. In 2019 she travelled to Berlin, Germany and Moscow, Russia for a summer internship and collaboration with health literacy experts. She was selected to attend American Association of Colleges of Nursing Student Policy Summit in 2020 and 2021. For her dissertation work she received Dean’s Student Scholarly Project and Liko A’e (Emerging Leader in Nursing & Healthcare) awards. Her dissertation research was on health literacy among former Soviet Union immigrants living in the US.

She is member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Gamma Psi at-Large. Her professional experience includes serving as a resource clinical assistant at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, aesthetic nurse specialist, and exercise instructor, among others.

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