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

Narushima, M., Wong, J. P-H, Li, A., Bhagat, D. Bisgnano, A., Fung, K. P. L, & Poon, M. K. L. (2020). Youth perspectives on sex education: Voices from YEP study in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 29 (1), 32-44. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2019-0049

Elliott, M., Gardner, P., Narushima, M., & McCleary, L. (2020). Music Lessons: Exploring the role and meaning of music for older adults with dementia who are aging in place. Canadian Journal on Aging, 39(4). 1-14. DOI: 10.1017/S071498081900076X

Liu, J., Son, S., McIntyre, J. & Narushima, M. (2019) Depression history and CVDs among Canadian older adults: A cross-sectional analysis of baseline data from Comprehensive Cohort of the CLSA. Journal of Geriatric Cardiology 16 (12), 847-854. DOI:10.11909/j.issn.1671-5411.2019.12.001

Prentice, K., McCleary, L, & Narushima, M. (2019). Are changes needed for therapeutic recreation undergraduate curricula?: Perceived competencies of therapeutic recreationists and recreation staff working with seniors in long term care homes”. Canadian Journal on Aging, 38 (2), 168-179. DOI: 10.1017/S0714980818000570

Kawabata, M. & Narushima, M. (2018). Older women’s situated identities: Positioning analysis applied to stories about everyday experiences dealing with physical functional changes. Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations, & Interventions 8(1/2), 61-82. DOI:10.7202/1059849ar

Narushima, M., Liu, J. & Diestelkamp, N. (2018). “I learn, therefore I am”: A phenomenological analysis of meanings of lifelong learning of vulnerable older adults. The Gerontologist. 58 (4). 696-705. DOI:10.1093/geronto/gnx044

Narushima, M., Liu, J., & Diestelkamp, N. (2018). Lifelong learning in active ageing discourse: its conserving effect on wellbeing, health, and vulnerability. Ageing & Society. 38 (4). 651-675. DOI: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

Graduate Course for Master of Public Health

  • Qualitative research: Interviewing and beyond (MPHA5P02)