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Naoko Muramatsu, PhD, MHSA, FGSA


Community Health Sciences

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5679

Institute for Health Research and Policy

Building & Room:

594 WROB


1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-0485


Office Hours: please sign up at - Spring 2024
Monday 04:00pm – 05:00am
Wednesday 04:00pm – 05:00pm


Dr. Naoko Muramatsu is a professor in the division of Community Health Sciences in the UIC School of Public Health and an affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Muramatsu is a Co-Director (Contact PI) of the Center for Health Equity in Cognitive Aging (CHECA), a part of the national network of 18 Resource Centers for Minority Aging (RCMAR) funded by the National Institute on Aging of NIH. Dr. Muramatsu is passionate about improving the well-being of aging populations and the quality of long-term care systems. Her research focuses on understanding how place impacts aging, health, work, and caregiving experiences of diverse populations nationally and globally. 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. Guided by life course perspectives, Dr. Muramatsu uses multilevel longitudinal analysis and mixed methods to understand and intervene upon the complex individual, organizational, and system-level factors that impact aging populations and the quality of health care systems.

Selected Grants

National Institute on Aging (NIA), Center for Health Equity in Cognitive Aging - Joining Population Science and Health Promotion (CHECA), MPI (Contact Principal Investigator)


National Institute on Aging, Promoting In-Home Activities at a Memory & Aging Clinic (Pro-Home MeC), Principal Investigator

National Institute on Aging, Promoting Seniors' Health with Home Care Aides (Pro-Home), Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

Yin, L, Caceres M, Skowronski, J, Muramatsu, N. 2023. Assessing motor function in frail older adults in their home settings: Challenges, strategies and recommendations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023; 20(15):6515.

Muramatsu, N, Chin, M.H. 2022. Battling structural racism against Asians in the United States: Call for public health to make the “invisible” visible. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 28: S3-S8.
Muramatsu, N., Yin, L. 2019. Gentle physical activity intervention led by caregivers in a Medicaid home care program: Do outcomes differ between family and non-family caregiving dyads?  Innovation in Aging, 3(3). Special issue, Translational Research on Caregiving.

Muramatsu, N., Sokas, R.K., Lukyanova, V., Zanoni, J.  2019. Perceived stress and health among home care aides caring for older clients in a Medicaid-funded home care program. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 30(2):721-238.

Mitchell, U.A., Chebli, P., Ruggiero, L., Muramatsu, N. 2019. The digital divide in health-related technology use: The significance of race/ethnicity. The Gerontologist, 59(1):6-14.

Muramatsu, N., Sokas, R.K., Chakraborty, A., Zanoni, J.P., Lipscomb, J. 2018.  Slips, trips, and falls among home care aides: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 60(9): 796-803.
Muramatsu, N., Yin, L., Berbaum, M.L., Marquez, D.X., Jurivich, D.A., Zanoni, J.P., Cruz Madrid, K.Y., Walton, S.M.  2018. Promoting seniors’ health with home care aides: A pilot. The Gerontologist, 58(4): 779-788.

Muramatsu, N. and Akiyama, H.  2011.  Japan:  Super aging society preparing for the future.  The Gerontologist, 51(4): 425-432.

Muramatsu, N., Yin, H., and Hedeker, D.  2010.  Functional declines, social support, and mental health in the elderly: Does living in a state supportive for home and community-based services make a difference?
Social Science and Medicine, 70(7): 1050-1058.

Tsutsui, T and Muramatsu, N. 2007. Japan’s universal long term care system reform of 2005:  Containing costs and realizing a vision. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(9):1458-1463.

Notable Honors

2015 - present, Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

2010 - present, Member, Delta Omega Honor Society

1988, Fulbright Scholarship, US Department of States


Ph.D. Health Services Organization and Policy (Sociology and Organizational Studies), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 1995

M.A. Sociology (Demography and Organizational Studies), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 1993

M.H.S.A. Master of Health Services Administration, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 1990

Selected Presentations

Muramatsu, N. Bridging Research to Practice: Pro-Home Empowers Care Partners to Promote Exercise in Home Care.  Symposium (Chair, Muramatsu) presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Tampa, FL. November 11, 2023. Innovation in Aging, 7(S1):549–550.

Muramatsu, N. Place, Time, and Structural Racism: Global Perspectives for Reimagining Aging. Presented as a part of the Presidential Symposium, “The Intersection of Age and Race: Impact on Reimagining Aging” (Chairs: Jarrott, S., and Lincoln, K.; Discussant: Levy, R; with Gonzales, E., Muñoz, E., Robinson-Lane, S.). Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN, November 4, 2022.