Research Interests: health and aging; access to and quality of health services; policies related to long-term care and services for older persons; long-term care workforce; cross-cultural studies
- SOC/CHSC528: Societal Analysis of Aging, Health and Health Care
- CHSC446: Research Methods in Community Health Sciences
Bio: Naoko 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. Her research interests include 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. She 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. She obtained a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy in 1995 as well as Master's degrees in Sociology and Health Services Administration respectively in 1995 and 1993, all from the University of Michigan. She has received a number of awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship. She is currently on the editorial board of The Gerontologist.