UOG Professor Dr. Margaret Hattori-Uchima Gets Distinguished Dissertation Award from Villanova


Guam – Dr. Margaret Hattori-Uchima, an assistant professor at the University of Guam School of Nursing and Health Sciences, has earned the Distinguished Dissertation Award from Villanova University. 

She received the award on May 18. Her dissertation, “Chuukese Migrant Women in Guam: Perceptions of Barriers to Health Care” passed without any revisions, making her the 25th Ph.D. from Villanova University’s College of Nursing.

“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Hattori-Uchima,” said Dr. Helen Whippy, UOG Senior Vice President. “She is an excellent model of a teacher-scholar who contributes not only to the University and her students, but also to our community.”

[Dr. Margaret Hattori-Uchima (right) with Villanova University College of Nursing Dean Dean Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick during Villanova University’s College of Nursing Convocation held in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church on May 18.]

According to the Villanova University College of Nursing Dean Louise Fitzpatrick, Dr. Hattori-Uchima’s dissertation was “found to be of exceptionally high quality and is a valuable contribution to the literature about health disparities.” The College of Nursing also noted that “her passion for the alleviation of health disparities faced by the Chuukese population drove her perseverance in addressing the social and language barriers that made her study particularly challenging and valuable.”

Dr. Hattori-Uchima is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International.