Dr. Naoko Muramatsu has a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy, MA in Sociology and MHSA.
Title/Position at UIC: Dr. Muramatsu is an Associate Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Courses Taught: Dr. Muramatsu teaches SOC/CHSC 528: Societal Analysis of Aging, Health and Health Care as well as CHSC 446: Research Methods in Community Health Sciences
Areas of Interest: Dr. Muramatsu is interested in long-term care policies, access to and quality of health services, long-term care workforce, social determinants of health and well being in older adults and their caregivers, and cross-cultural studies of aging and health.
Current and Recent Projects: Dr. Muramatsu has recently conducted a study on State Long-term Care Policies and Elderly Well Being funded by the National Institute on Aging, and pilot studies on health promotion and falls prevention needs among home care aides. Her research articles have appeared in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, The Gerontologist, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Medical Care and Health Services Research.
Dr. Muramatsu's research focuses on social, cultural, policy and system factors that shape health and caregiving experience in aging individuals and aims to improve the quality of long-term care systems. She has been the principal investigator of studies funded by the National Institute on Aging that examine how state-, community-, and individual-level factors influence the well-being of older adults. Her current research develops cost-effective, sustainable community-based health promotion programs in partnership with older adults, caregivers, community-based organizations, and multidisciplinary research teams.