Cathy K. Bell, MD

Board Certification: 


  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • General Psychiatry

  • Pediatrics


Neuroscience now proves why setting our children up for success has everything to do with “just right” parenting.  Optimal sleep, emotional behavioral regulation, self-control, conscientiousness, and developmentally appropriate responsibility and autonomy predicts adult success.  Said differently, supporting parents in guiding their children through “adversity”,  “mistakes”, and “failures” are critical learning opportunities and the greatest gift we can give to our children to be able to overcome life’s inevitable challenges.  

Our role as parents is the most undervalued, underpaid, under taught and important job we have during our lifetime to set our children up for future success. Neuroscience now proves why working effectively together, parents lay the foundation for a successful life for their children and generations to come.


Undergraduate: Yale University, BS Biology 1987 – 1991
Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine 1991-1995

Residency: University of Hawaii
John A. Burns School of Medicine, Triple Board (Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) 2000

Post-Residency: Fellowship in Medical Education, Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence, University of Hawaii 2002
Management in Medicine, Kaiser Permanente 2014
Post-Graduate Brain in Context (BiCT) Fellowship Program 
2016 – present

Previous Experience:

Clinical Director, Waimanalo Health Center 2000 – 2001
Clinical Director, Windward & Central Oahu Family Guidance Center, Department of Health 2002 – 2004
Program Director, UH Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency/Triple Board Program 2004 – 2010
Medical Director, Family Treatment Center, Queen’s Medical Center 2004 – 2010
Researcher, Native Hawaiian Research Development Program, UH Department of Psychiatry 1998 – 2010
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, General Psychiatrist, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, Hawaii Region 2010 – 2015


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Okura Mental Health Fellowship
AADPRT Ginsberg Fellowship
Research Award, UH Department of Psychiatry
Chief Resident, UH Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Best Doctors 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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