Miya Narushima, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Sciences

Office: STH 305
905 688 5550 x5149

Miya Narushima obtained her BA in English Literature from Waseda University, Tokyo, and her MA and PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from the OISE/ University of Toronto. Her research interests include aging and well-being, community-based education for health promotion, lifelong learning and development, voluntarism and community capacity building, the social determinants of health and equity, and cross-cultural studies between Canada and Japan. She is an avid qualitative researcher whose teaching areas include health promotion, qualitative research, social gerontology, and diversity and health.

  • Aging and well-being
  • Community-based education for health promotion
  • Lifelong learning and later life development
  • The social determinants of health and equity
  • Voluntarism and community capacity building
  • Canadian Association of Gerontology
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education
  • Ontario Public Health Association
  • Japanese Association for Canadian Education Studies

M. Narushima, J. Liu, & N. Diestelkamp (2017). I learn, therefore I am: A phenomenological analysis of meanings of life learning for vulnerable older adults. The Gerontologist.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnx044

M. Narushima, J. Liu, & N. Diestelkamp (2016). Lifelong learning in active ageing discourse: Its conserving effect in well-being, vulnerabilities, and health. Ageing & Society. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X16001136

Bridge, E., Law, M. P., & Narushima, M. (2016). Using patient value statements to develop a culture of patient-centered care: A case study of an Ontario, Canada hospital. Patient Experiential Journal, 3 (2). Available at http://pxjournal.org/journal/vol3/iss2/14

Narushima, M., McLaughlin, J. & Barrett-Greene, J. (2016). Need, risks, and context in sexual health among temporary foreign migrant farmworkers in Canada: A pilot study with Mexican and Caribbean workers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18. 374-381. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-015-0189-x.

Martin, B., Faught, B., Jiu, J., Narushima, M., Cairney, J. & Hay, J. (2015). Social competence as a role player in the game between motor performance and organized sports participation among school-age children. Sports And Exercise Medicine, 1 (4), 118-125.

Tayab, A. & Narushima, M. (2015). Here for the Residents: A Case Study of Cultural Competence of Personal Support Workers in a Long-Term Care Home. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26 (2). 146-156. DOI: 10.1177/1043659614545401.

Narushima, M. (2015). A gaggle of Raging Grannies: The empowerment of older Canadian women through social activism. In M. S. Kimmel, A. Ronson & A. Kaler (Eds). The Gendered Society Reader 3rd Canadian Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Ch. 42.

Narushima, M. & Sanchez, A. L. (2014). Employers’ paradoxical view about temporary foreign migrant workers’ health: A qualitative study in rural farms in Southern Ontario. International Journal for Equity in Health. Available at: http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/13/1/65

Narushima, M., Wong, J. P-H., Li, A. & Sutdhibhasilp, N. (2014). Sustainable capacity building among immigrant communities: The Raising Sexually Healthy Children program in Canada. Health Promotion International, 29 (1). 26-37. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dat035

Narushima, M. (2014). A review of three films about aging activists: Raging Grannies-The action league (Pam Walton, 2010), In Bed with a mosquito (Sarah Frank, 2008), and Abuelas: Grandmothers on a mission (Naomi Weis, 2012). Films for the Feminist Classroom. Spring 2014 Issue. 5.1 Available at: http://ffc.twu.edu/issue_5-1/rev_Narushima_5-1.html

Narushima, M., Liu, J. & Diestelkamp N. (2013). Motivation and perceived benefits of older learners in a public continuing education program: Influences of gender, income, and health. Educational Gerontology, 39 (8), 569-584. DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2012.704223

Narushima, M., Liu, J., & Diestelkamp, N. (2013). Association between lifelong learning and psychological well-being among older adults: Implications for interdisciplinary health promotion in an aging society. Activity, Adaptation & Aging, 37 (3), 239-250.
DOI: 10.1080/01924788.2013.816834

Undergraduate Courses

  • Gerontology: An approach for well-being
  • Qualitative research in health sciences
  • Health promotion
  •  Diversity and health

Graduate Course for Master of Public Health

  • Qualitative research: Interviewing and beyond (MPHA5P02)