Kapi'olani Child Protection Center

The Kapi’olani Child Protection Center was established in 1969 in collaboration with the State of Hawai‘i to assist in the early identification, treatment and prevention of child maltreatment. Since that time, KCPC has become one of the leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma related to child abuse and neglect. As part of Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children, an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, KCPC also has access to the most sophisticated medical equipment and most qualified child health care specialists in the Pacific Rim and Basin Area. KCPC uses a multidisciplinary approach to address the problem of child maltreatment through assessments and consultations, medical and mental health treatment, multidisciplinary training, research, and advocacy. Services are provided on Oahu, West Hawai‘i, East Hawai‘i, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai. KCPC was also the recipient of the 2008 Non-Profit Psychologically Healthy Work Place Award given by the Hawai‘i Psychological Association.

Multidisciplinary Teams

The Child Protection Team consists of Pediatrician Consultants, Nurse Consultants, Psychologist Consultants, Social Work Consultants and Team Coordinators from the staff of KCPC. The Team consults with the Hawai‘i State Department of Human Services on issues of Child Maltreatment. All service providers involved with the family are also invited to participate in the team process. The follow assessments are often requested by DHS:


  • Etiology of injuries
  • Services needed for Reunification
  • Risk assessment for further abuse or neglect
  • Needs and vulnerability of children
  • Strengths and needs of their families
  • Services needed to prevent foster placement
  • Need for Permanency

Assessment and Consultation

KCPC provides assessment and consultations in the following areas:


  • Medical, Nursing, Psychological and Social Work Consultations
  • Psychological Trauma Evaluations
  • Caretaker/Perpetrator Psychological Forensic Evaluations
  • Diagnostic Medical Forensic Evaluations
  • Comprehensive Health Assessments
  • Pre-Placement Physical Examination
  • Developmental Assessments
  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Substance Abuse Assessments
  • Expert Witness Court Testimony


KCPC provides an array of treatment services for victims of child maltreatment and their families.  These include:


  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Play Psychotherapy for Young Children
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Crisis Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Behavioral Management Counseling
  • Nursing Care Needs Instruction for Special Needs Children

Special Programs

The Kapi’olani Child Protection Center has developed various specialty programs geared toward prevention of child maltreatment and strengthening of child and their families.

Parent-Child-Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced based program developed to treat families with children ages 2-8 that exhibit behavioral problems that are interfering with the child’s healthy development. The treatment is designed to help parents manage their child’s behavior more effectively by building a warm and responsive relationship with their child. Research has shown that improving the parent child interaction will result in improvement in both child and family functioning. The Kapi’olani Child Protection Center serves as the PCIT training center for Hawai‘i.

KCPC Training and Research Institute

Through its Training and Research Institute the Kapi’olani Child Protection Center serves as a training center for various professionals. The Center currently has training programs for Clinical Psychology Interns, Post-Doctoral Psychology Residents/Fellows, Psychology Practicum Students, Social Work Interns, Nursing Students, Law Students and participates in the University of Hawai’i Pediatric Residency Training Program.

The Training Institute also sponsors several statewide conferences on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child maltreatment and conducts research to improve the assessment and treatment of children and their families.

APPIC Listed Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency and Fellowship Training Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  The KCPC’s Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency and Fellowship Training Program was started in 1992 to provide specialty training in child psychology with an emphasis in child maltreatment. The program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and received the 2006 APPIC Award for Excellence in Psychology Postdoctoral Training. The training program provided 2,000 hours of supervised training within a full year period. The Resident/Fellow is provided with a yearly taxable stipend with Medical and Dental insurance coverage and sick and vacation leave.

APPLICATION:  The applications deadline is February 1st of the year that the residency begins. All applicants are required to complete all of the professional doctoral degree requirements before the beginning of the training program in September. The applications are reviewed by a selection committee and applicants who pass the first screening are required to interview with the committee. Selection is usually made within a month of the last interview. The program currently accepts three (3) postdoctoral training positions each training year.

TRAINING EXPECTATIONS:  The training program provides the resident with a planned programmed sequence of supervised training experience in psychological evaluations and various forms of individual and family psychotherapy treatment including the Parent Child Interaction Therapy model. The resident will also participate in Multidisciplinary Teams and Family Court testimony when necessary. The residents are provided with increasingly complex cases through their progressive training. The resident will receive a minimum of two hours per week of direct supervision with the resident’s clinical supervisor.  Additionally the resident is required to attend 2 hours a week of group supervision and at least once a month formal training seminars or workshop/conference.  The residents are also required to participate in the training of Psychology Graduate Students, who will assist the residents in their psychological evaluations. If time permits, the residents may also participate in the Center’s research activities.

TRAINING RESOURCES AND SUPPORT:  The residents have full access to the on site licensed clinical psychologists on a daily basis.  They can also reach their respective supervisor by cellular phones 24 hours a day for emergencies. In addition, they can consult with KCPC’s physicians, nurses and social workers and have access to Kapi`olani Medical Center’s child psychiatrists for assistance with medication management if necessary.  Each of the residents has their own office and share group and family therapy rooms as well as a fully equipped play therapy room. The Center is a Parent Child Interaction Therapy training facility and the residents also have access to all of the equipment necessary to complete this modality of treatment. A full array of psychological testing equipment and computer scoring and interpretation programs are also available to the residents.

EVALUATION AND LICENSURE:  The residents are evaluated in three month increments based on their performance in conducting, interpreting and writing the formal psychological evaluations as well as their performance in designing and implementing treatment plans. The residents are also evaluated on timeliness of the completion of their written reports and progress notes, appropriate use of consultation services, and participation and use of their formal training and case reviews. Upon successful completion of 2000 hours of training, the residents are provided with a certificate of completion.

The KCPC’s Post-Doctoral Psychology Training Program fulfills all of the licensing requirements for post-doctoral training in the State of Hawai‘i.  Since the inception of the training program, our Residents have also been licensed in California, Washington, Georgia, Texas, Virginia and Florida.



Brenda J. Wong, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Program Director of the Kapi`olani Child Protection Center. Graduate studies in the area of developmental psychology, analytic and social learning models, family systems theory, and child maltreatment as a focal area of interest. Has been with the Center from 1980 and has had extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of various forms of child maltreatment. Experiences include Family Court testimony on Team consultative findings as well as results and implications of comprehensive psychological evaluations. Continues to serve as a consultant on the Multidisciplinary Team and provide individual consultation to the Department of Human Services. Has been involved in clinical supervision and training of postdoctoral fellows since 1992 and practicum students since 2004.

Jean Adair-Leland, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Training Director of the Kapi’olani Child Protection Center. Theoretical orientations include psychodynamic/object relations, feminist, humanistic and family systems. Early career focus on the effects of child sexual abuse and interpersonal violence. Served as Associate Training Director and Chief Psychologist at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu (1991-1999), where she focused on the impact of trauma on personality development with a special interest in dual diagnosis and child/adolescent psychopathology. Over the past five years her work has expanded to include Multidisciplinary Team consultation for Child Welfare Services, Family Court testimony regarding the finding of comprehensive psychological evaluations. Has been involved in practicum, pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training and supervision since 1991.

Cheryl K.C. Andaya, Psy.D. completed her Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency/Fellowship at the Kapi’olani Child Protection Center. She completed her clinical internship at the Atascadero State Hospital in California. As part of her residency training, Dr. Andaya has completed numerous child protection psychological evaluations and has been providing treatment for traumatized children and their families. She has also been trained to utilize Parent Child Interaction Therapy to enhance parent-child relationships to facilitate reunification and post-permanency stability.

Kapi'olani Child Protection Center
55 Merchant Street, 22nd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813


State Child Protective Services Hotline:
(808) 832-5300
Toll-free from the Neighbor Islands: 1-800-494-3991