Naoko Muramatsu, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology and Community Health Sciences

Dr. Naoko Muramatsu is an associate professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences in the UIC School of Public Health and in the Department of Sociology in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She conducts her research at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, where she is recognized as a Fellow.

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.

A Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Muramatsu serves on the jury of the Ryman Prize and the editorial board of The Gerontologist.

Research Interests

Improving the quality of long-term care services, policies, and workforce; social determinants of health and well-being in older adults and their caregivers; and cross-cultural studies of aging and health.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Access a wider selection of Dr. Muramatsu's publications on this prepared list on PubMed.

Stiehl E, Jones-Jack NH, Baron S, Muramatsu N. Worker well-being in the United States: Finding variation across job categories. Prev Med Rep. 2018 Oct 18;13:5-10. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.10.006. 

Muramatsu N, Sokas RK, Chakraborty A, Zanoni JP, Lipscomb J. Slips, Trips, and Falls Among Home Care Aides: A Mixed-Methods Study. J Occup Environ Med. 2018;60(9):796–803. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000001355.

Muramatsu N, Yin L, Berbaum ML, et al. Promoting Seniors' Health With Home Care Aides: A Pilot. Gerontologist. 2018;58(4):779–788. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx101.

Muramatsu N, Yin L, Lin TT. Building Health Promotion into the Job of Home Care Aides: Transformation of the Workplace Health Environment. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(4):384. Published 2017 Apr 5. doi:10.3390/ijerph14040384.

Muramatsu N, Madrigal J, Berbaum ML, Henderson VA, Jurivich DA, Zanoni J, Marquez DX, Madrid KC. Co-learning with home care aides and their clients: collaboratively increasing individual and organizational capacities. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2015;36(3):261-77. [See abstract.]

Aranda F, Matthews AK, Hughes TL, Muramatsu N, Wilsnack SC, Johnson TP, Riley BB. Coming out in color: racial/ethnic differences in the relationship between level of sexual identity disclosure and depression among lesbians. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2015 Apr;21(2):247-57. [See abstract.]

Tsutsui T, Muramatsu N, Higashino S. Changes in perceived filial obligation norms among coresident family caregivers in Japan. Gerontologist. 2013 Sep 5-2014 Oct;54(5):797-807. [See abstract.]

Lau DT, Machizawa S, Demonte W, Cameron KA, Muramatsu N, Henker RD, Chikahisa F, Tanimura M. Colorectal cancer knowledge, attitudes, screening, and intergenerational communication among Japanese American families: an exploratory, community-based participatory study. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2013 Mar;28(1):89-101. [See abstract.]

Gray JA, Muramatsu Naoko. When the job has lost its appeal: intentions to quit among direct care workers. J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2013 Jun;38(2):124-33. [See abstract.]

Gray JA, Muramatsu N. Work stress, burnout, and social and personal resources among direct care workers. Res Dev Disabil. 2011 May-Jun;32(3):1065-74. [See abstract.]

Yin HJ, Lin SJ, Kong SX, Benzeroual K, Crawford SY, Hedeker D, Lambert BL, Muramatsu N. The association between physical functioning and self-rated general health in later life: The implications of social comparison. Appl Res Qual Life. 2011 Mar;6(1): 1-19. [See abstract.]

Muramatsu N, Akiyama H. Japan: Super-aging society preparing for the future. Gerontologist. 2011;51(4):425-432. [See abstract.]

Gray JA, Muramatsu N, Heller T, Hughes S, Johnson TP, Ramirez-Valles J. Work stress and depression among direct support professionals: the role of work support and locus of control. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2010 Aug;54(8):749-61. [See abstract.]

Muramatsu N, Yin H, Hedeker D. Functional declines, social support, and mental health in the elderly: Does living in a state supportive of home and community-based services make a difference? Soc Sci Med. 2010 Apr;70(7):1050-8. [See abstract.]

Muramatsu N, Hoyem RL, Yin H, Campbell RT. Place of death among older Americans: does state spending on home- and community-based services promote home death? Med Care. 2008 Aug;46(8):829-38. [See abstract.]

Tsutsui T, Muramatsu N. Japan’s universal long term care system reform of 2005: Containing costs and realizing a vision. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007;55(9):1458-1463.[See abstract.]

Muramatsu N, Yin H, Campbell RT, Hoyem RL, Jacob MA, Ross CO. Risk of nursing home admission among older Americans: does states' spending on home- and community-based services matter? J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2007;62(3):S169-78.[See abstract.]

Tsutsui T, Muramatsu N. Care Needs Certification in the Long-Term Care Insurance System of Japan. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005;53:522-527.[See abstract.]

Muramatsu N, Mensah E, Cornwell T.  A physician house call program for the homebound. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2004;30(5):266-276.[See abstract.]

Muramatsu N. County-level income inequality and depression among older Americans. Health Serv Res. 2003;38(6 Pt 2):1863-83.[See abstract.]

Muramatsu N, Cornwell T. Needs for physician housecalls--views from health and social service providers.  Home Health Care Serv Q. 2003;22(2):17-29.[See abstract.]

Chin MH, Muramatsu N. What is the quality of quality of medical care measures? Rashomon-like relativism and real-world applications. Perspect Biol Med. 2003;46(1):5-20; discussion 21-3.[See abstract.]

Muramatsu N, Campbell RT. State expenditures on home and community based services and use of formal and informal personal assistance: a multilevel analysis. J Health Soc Behav. 2002;43:107-124.[See abstract.]

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow
Fulbright Scholarship
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
Delta Omega Honor Society