Clinical Psychologist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with expertise in rural health care.
Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita is the Chief Executive Officer of the Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC), which has just celebrated 50 years of service in Hawaiʻi. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Dr. Preston-Pita received her degrees from the University of Hawai‘i and Argosy University Honolulu Campus, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her extensive work experience has been on O‘ahu at the Bobby Benson Center, Ho‘omau Ke Ola, Windward Community Health Center, Kahuku Hospital, and at Dr. Marc Shlachter’s office to open a private practice in an underserved rural community. On the island of Moloka‘i she has done work with Nā Pu‘uwai and at the Moloka‘i Community Health Center. She has extensive work experience in rural health care, has been a part of several coalitions including, suicide prevention and intervention, a drug free coalition and a homelessness project. She has also participated in the COSIG research project, which conducted an evaluation of Hawaiian integrated programs in the State of Hawai‘i.