Cathy K. Bell, MD

Practicing medicine since 1995

Board Certification

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • General Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics

Neuroscience now validates why setting our children up for success has everything to do with authoritative or what we like to call it “just right” parenting.  Adult success (aka resilience, overcoming adversity, managing stress) as measured by health, income, wealth, healthy relationships and healthy babies is predicted by sleep, emotional regulation, self-control, conscientiousness and authoritative parenting.  Said differently, guiding children with parental support through “adversity”,  “mistakes”, and “failures” are the greatest learning opportunities for our children on how to overcome adversity and become resilient to meet 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.  Working effectively together, parents can 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: Family Based Treatment/Family Intervention Fellowship 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

Chief Resident, Triple Board Residency Program

Research Award, UH Department of Psychiatry

Best Doctors 2015, 2016, 2017