BA, Psychology, University of Hawaii Manoa, 1969

M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of Hawaii Manoa, 1971

M.P.H., Community Mental Health, University of California Berkeley, 1974

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of California Berkeley, 1979


Dr. Trina Nahm-Mijo is a Professor of Psychology, Dance, and Women's Studies since 1979. She served as Chairperson of the General Education and Public Services Division from 1988-91, and Chair of the Social Science and Humanities Division from 1996-2003. She is currently Chair of the Social Science and Public Services Department since 2011. She has received many awards and grants for her innovative, holistic approach to teaching the whole person, and has actively worked to foster integrative learning and curriculum through pioneering the human services certificate program, the expressive arts curriculum and the learning communities teaching model at Hawai`i Community College. Trina received the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award in 1984; the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Faculty Service to the Community Award in 2000; and the HawCC Innovation of the Year Award in 2000, 2002, and 2007. She was inducted into the County of Hawai`i Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2004-2008, she was Project Manager for the Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities HUD grant in partnership with Bay Clinic, Inc. which launched two model entities for furthering youth in at-risk environments: Kea`au Middle College High School which offered dual credit to Kea`au High School seniors and Kea`au Youth Business Center which offered skill building and entrepreneurial training in the areas of digital media arts, sound recording engineering, permaculture and culinary arts as a means of engaging youth in pathways to higher education and work. Dr. Nahm-Mijo was also President of the Board of Family Crisis Shelter, Inc. (now Turning Point for Families) for 15 years and has started at least 20 programs and organizations still in existence today in the areas of innovative education, culture and the arts, women’s issues, and mental health.

Beyond teaching, administrative duties, and community service, Trina is recognized nationally and internationally as a choreographer and performer who illuminates the poignancy of the human condition and provokes audiences to examine their relationship to social justice. She was a Visiting Professor to Wonkwang University in South Korea in 2003 and a Fulbright Exchange Teaching Scholar to Tallinn University in Estonia in 2011. Most recently, in 2015, she was honored as one of the UHCC system’s all time “50 Finest” as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration.