UOG Professor Margaret Hattori-Uchima Earns PhD in Nursing


Guam – Margaret Hattori-Uchima, an assistant professor at the University of Guam School of Nursing and Health Sciences, recently earned her Ph.D. in Nursing from Villanova University. 

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.

TakeCare provided funding support for Dr. Hattori-Uchima as she pursued her Ph.D. “Take Care’s support of my doctoral education speaks to their commitment to health care and nursing education on Guam, said Dr. Hattori-Uchima” 

[L-R: Dr. Robert A. Underwood, UOG President, Dr. Hattori-Uchima, Kathryn Wood, UOG Acting Director of Nursing, and Dr. Helen J.D. Whippy, UOG Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.]

A 2010 report from The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice found that less than 1 percent of the nation’s more than 3 million nurses have a doctoral degree.  The University of Guam School of Nursing and Health Sciences now benefits from having Guam’s latest Doctor of Nursing in Hattori-Uchima.

“Dr. Hattori-Uchima is a fine example of a teacher-scholar who has always contributed to the University, our students and the community,” said Dr. Helen Whippy, UOG Senior Vice President. “She has worked hard for her doctoral degree and succeeded, demonstrating the ongoing learning that is part of scholarship.  The University of Guam is proud to claim her as a University citizen.”

Kathryn Wood, UOG Acting Director of Nursing added, “Dr. Hattori-Uchima has participated in the education of the next generation of Guam nurses for many years.  Through her work on campus and within the community, she models excellence in nursing education and practice, service, and scholarship.  We are honored to have her on our faculty, and we celebrate her accomplishments.”

Dr. Hattori-Uchima thanks UOG’s faculty, staff, and administration for their support. “This achievement benefits our Nursing Program, and I am proud to continue to contribute to the education of our future nursing workforce. I am honored to be a part of the UOG family.”