MINEKO WADA

Last Updated :2024/04/03

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences(Health Sciences), Assistant Professor
E-mail
minewadahiroshima-u.ac.jp
Other Contact Details
1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan
TEL : (+81)82-257-5452 FAX : (+81)82-257-5452
Self-introduction
With occupational science and qualitative research background, Mineko focuses on exploring socially constructed meanings of aging in place among community-dwelling older couples and life balance across life stages. Her current research projects include: 1) the exploration of older-to-older caregiving and caretaking experiences, 2) meaning of life balance and unpacking aging in place, and 3) older adults' social participation and digital engagement.

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 2022/04/01, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Assistant Professor
  • 2021/03, 2021/12, The University of BritishColumbia, Innovation in Dementia and Aging (IDEA) Lab, Researcher
  • 2021/01, 2021/10, Alder University, Public Policy and Administration, Adjunct Faculty
  • 2016/04, 2020/06, Simon Fraser University, Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • 2012/07, 2016/03, The University of BritishColumbia, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
  • 2005/06, 2007/07, Yamaguchi Health and Welfare College, Department of Occupational Therapy, Instructional Faculty
  • 1997/04, 2001/06, Zikei Hospital, Mental Health Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapist

Educational Backgrounds

  • The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences, Canada, 2007/09, 2012/06
  • Dalhousie University, School of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy (Post-professional), Canada, 2003/01, 2005/04
  • Hiroshima University, Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy), Japan, 1993/04, 1997/03

Academic Degrees

  • MSc (OT - Post-professional), Dalhousie Univerisity
  • PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences), The University of British Columbia

Research Fields

  • Social sciences;Sociology;Social welfare and social work studies

Research Keywords

  • aging in place, home care, social welfare, community service, life balance, qualitative methods

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • The Gerontological Society of America
  • Japan Society of Care Management
  • Japanese Society for Study of Occupation
  • International Society of Occupational Scientists

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Seminar of home-based activities of daily living
  2. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Clinical practice I
  3. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Intensive, Clinical practice II
  4. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Preliminary Research Practice
  5. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 2Term, Outline of occupational therapy
  6. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Theories and models in Occupational Therapy
  7. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Seminar of occupational therapy for geriatric dysfunction
  8. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Global Occupational therapy
  9. 2024, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Practice of major crafts as occupational therapy media I
  10. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Practice of minor crafts as occupational therapy media II
  11. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 4Term, Occupational therapy assessment for geriatric disorders
  12. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Intoroduction to research methods in occupational therapy II
  13. 2024, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
  14. 2024, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , Second Semester, Advanced Research on Development of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Sciences
  15. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Lecture on Applied Sciences of Occupational Therapy
  16. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Seminar on Applied Sciences of Occupational Therapy
  17. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Seminar on Applied Sciences of Occupational Therapy
  18. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Year, Research on Applied Sciences of Occupational Therapy
  19. 2024, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , First Semester, Advanced Lecture on Applied Sciences of Occupational Therapy
  20. 2024, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , First Semester, Advanced Seminor on Applied Sciences of Occupational Therapy
  21. 2024, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , Second Semester, Advanced Seminor on Applied Sciences of Occupational Therapy

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. ★, Staff's attitudes towards the use of mobile telepresence robots in long-term care homes in Canada, Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement, 20231117
  2. Factors associated with improvement in activities of daily living during hospitalization: A retrospective study of older patients with hip fractures, Annals of Geriatric Medicine and Research, 20230828
  3. Facilitators and barriers to using telepresence robots in aged care settings: A scoping review, Journal of rehabilitation and assistive technologies engineering, 9, 20220121
  4. Rural older adults in disasters: A study of recovery from hurricane Michael, Disaster medicine and public health preparedness, 20211021
  5. ★, Perceptions of home in long-term care settings: Before and after institutional relocation, Ageing and Society, 40(6), 1267-1290, 20200601
  6. ★, A protocol for co-creating research project lay summaries with stakeholders: guideline development for Canada's AGE-WELL network, Research involvement and engagement, 6, 20200508
  7. ★, An exploration of experiences of transdisciplinary research in aging and technology, Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 21(1), 20200101
  8. ★, University students' perspectives on mental illness stigma, Mental Health and Prevention, 14, 20190601
  9. Defining organizational contributions to sustaining an ageing workforce: a bibliometric review, European Journal of Ageing, 16(3), 337-361, 20190915
  10. ★, 'I am busy independent woman who has sense of humor, caring about others': Older adults' self-representations in online dating profiles, Ageing and Society, 39(5), 951-976, 20190501
  11. Understanding the functionality of housing-related support services through mapping methods and dialogue, Evaluation and program planning, 72, 33-39, 20190201
  12. Exploring privilege in the digital divide: Implications for theory, policy, and practice, The Gerontologist, 59(1), e1-e15, 20190201
  13. Experiences of a mass interinstitutional relocation for long-term care staff, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 32(2), 160-175, 20180403
  14. Senior services that support Housing First in Metro Vancouver, Journal of gerontological social work, 61(1), 104-125, 20180201
  15. ★, Older adults' online dating profiles and successful aging, Canadian journal on aging / La revue canadienne du vieillissement, 35(4), 479-490, 20161201
  16. Male-to-female transitions: Implications for occupational performance, health, and life satisfaction, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(2), 72-82, 20160401
  17. ★, Constructions of sexuality in later life: Analyses of Canadian magazine and newspaper portrayals of online dating., Journal of aging studies, 32, 40-49, 20150101
  18. ★, Men's discursive constructions of balance in everyday life, Community, Work and Family, 18(1), 117-133, 20150101
  19. ★, Balance in everyday life: Dual-income parents' collective and individual conceptions, Journal of Occupational Science, 21(3), 259-276, 20140703
  20. Promoting a culture of family involvement in mental health, Occupational Therapy Now, 14(1), 8-10, 20120101
  21. ★, Strengthening the Kawa model: Japanese perspectives on person, occupation, and environment, Canadian journal of occupational therapy / Revue canadienne d'ergotherapie, 78(4), 230-236, 20111001
  22. ★, Theoretical perspectives of balance and the influence of gender ideologies, Journal of Occupational Science, 17(2), 92-103, 20100101
  23. ★, Values concerning employment-related and family-related occupations: Perspectives of young canadian male medical students, Journal of Occupational Science, 13(2-3), 117-125, 20060101

Publications such as books

  1. 2021/01/01, In A. Sixsmith, J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, & M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation, and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher, Addressing real-world problems through transdisciplinary working, Springer, 2021, 2021, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Wada, M., Grigorovich, A., Kontos, P., Fang, M. L., & Sixsmith, J.
  2. 2021/01/01, In A. Sixsmith, J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, & M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation, and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher, An introduction to transdisciplinary working, Springer, 2021, 2021, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Grigorovich, A., Kontos, P., Sixsmith, J., Fang, M. L., & Wada, M.
  3. 2021/01/01, In A. Sixsmith, J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, & M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation, and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher, Building partnerships and co-creation with diverse stakeholders, Springer, 2021, 2021, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Fang, M. L., Grigorovich, A., Wada, M., Kontos, P., & Sixsmith, J.
  4. 2021/01/01, In A. Sixsmith, J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, & M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation, and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher, Working together as a team, Springer, 2021, 2021, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Sixsmith, J., Fang, M. L., Grigorovich, A., Kontos, P., & Wada, M.
  5. 2020/12/01, In A. V. Wister & T. D. Cosco (Eds.) Resilience and aging: Emerging science and future possibilities, Advancing the concept of resilience for older adults who are experiencing homelessness, Springer, 2020, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Canham, S. L., Fang, M. L., & Wada, M.
  6. 2018/01/01, In S. Katz (Ed.), Ageing in everyday life: Materialities and embodiments, Between ageing and ageism: Portrayals of online dating in later life in Canadian print media, Policy Press, 2018, 2018, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Rozanova, J., Wada, M., & Hurd Clarke, L.
  7. 2018/01/03, SAGE Research Methods Cases, Conducting a university student mental health needs assessment using a participatory action research approach, SAGE, 2018, 2018, Scholarly Book, Joint work, English, Lee, M., Wada, M., Carter, K., Goldman-Hasbun, J., Le, T. N., Pang, M., Ma, C., Hambler, P., Sun, C., & Jung, D.

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Resilience in Japanese older immigrants and roles of community support during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wada, W., Canham, S. L., Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2023, 2023/11/11, Without Invitation, English, Gerontological Society of America, Tampa, Florida, USA
  2. Aging in place in Japan: Challenges and facilitators of older-to-older caregiving, Wada, W., Takeda, K., Hanaoka, H., Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2023, 2023/11/11, Without Invitation, English, Gerontological Society of America, Tampa, Florida, USA
  3. Resilience in Japanese older immigrants and their service providers in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wada, W., Hanaoka, H., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia/Oceania Regional Congress 2023, 2023/06/14, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Yokohama, Japan
  4. Reminiscence through olfactory stimuli: An examination of Japanese community-dwelling older adults' recollection experience of familiar odorants, Hanaoka, H., Yamamoto, M., Yorozuya, K., Kaneko, F., Muraki, T., Wada, W., & Okamura, H., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia/Oceania Regional Congress 2023, 2023/06/14, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Yokohama, Japan
  5. Reminiscence using olfactory stimuli to help sustain community-dwelling older adults' mental health: a randomized controlled trial, Hanaoka, H., Kaneko, F., Muraki, T., Wada, W., & Okamura, H., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia/Oceania Regional Congress 2023, 2023/06/14, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Yokohama, Japan
  6. The leisure activities of dialysis patients: A scoping review protocol, Miyamoto, H., Hanaoka, H., & Wada, M., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia/Oceania Regional Congress 2023, 2023/06/13, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Yokohama, Japan
  7. Factors associated with changes in activities of daily living among Japanese older inpatients with hip fractures: A retrospective study, Takeda, K., Wada, M., & Hanaoka, H., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia/Oceania Regional Congress 2023, 2023/06/13, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Yokohama, Japan
  8. An exploration of the eliciting of memories through listening to familiar records among Japanese community-dwelling adults, Wada, W., Hanaoka, H., & Kaneko, F., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia/Oceania Regional Congress 2023, 2023/06/12, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Yokohama, Japan
  9. Staff's attitude towards the use of mobile telepresence robots in long-term care homes in Canada, Wada, M., Wong, J., Tsevis, E., Recsky, C., Mann, J., & Hung, L., The 22nd World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2022/06/12, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vertual
  10. Japanese older immigrants' experiences of accessibility and availability of information and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wada, M., Mokaram, H. E., Song, S., & Funahashi, K., The 22nd World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2022/06/12, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Virtual
  11. Staff's attitude towards the use of telepresence robots in Canadian long-term care homes, Hung, L., Wong, J., Wada, M., Tsevis, E. & Recsky, C., Alzheimer Europe 2021, 2021/11/29, Without Invitation, English, Alzheimer Europe, Virtual
  12. Healthcare professionals' and staff's attitude towards the use of mobile telepresence robots in Canadian long-term care homes, Wada, M., Wong, O. Y., Tsevis, E., & Hung, L., The 50th Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2021/10/21, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vertual
  13. Japanese older immigrants' experiences of accessibility and availability of information and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wada, M., Song, S., & Funahashi, K., The 50th Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2021/10/21, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vertual
  14. Advancing the concept of resilience for older people who are experiencing homelessness, Wada, M., Canham, S. L., & Fang, M. L., The Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, 2020/11/04, Without Invitation, English, Gerontological Society of America, Virtual
  15. Examining and conceptualizing the lived experience of resilience for homelessness: A life-course perspective, Canham, S. L., Fang, M. L., & Wada, M., The Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, 2020/11/04, Without Invitation, English, Gerontological Society of America, Virtual
  16. Progressing understandings of resilience among older adults experiencing homelessness: A conceptual model for research, policy and practice, Fang, M. L., Canham, S. L., & Wada, M., The European Conference on Aging and Gerontology, 2019/12/07, Without Invitation, English, London, UK
  17. Doing transdisciplinarity: Promising practices in aging and technology development, Wada, M., Sixsmith, J., Kontos, P., Fang, M. L., Grigorovich, A., & Sixsmith, A., The 48th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2019/10/24, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Moncton, Canada
  18. Institutional dynamics and agentic experiences within long-term care: implications for research and practice, Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J., Wada, M., Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A., The 48th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2019/10/24, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Moncton, Canada
  19. Deconstructing the 'culture' of service provision for older people experiencing homelessness, Fang, M. L., Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Wada, M., & Sixsmith, J., The 48th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2019/10/24, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Moncton, Canada
  20. Co-creating project lay summaries with stakeholders, Wada, M., Cosco, T., Lowe, S., Harwood, G., Gale, B. -J., Forsythe, L., Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A., the 4th AGE-WELL Annual Conference, 2019/10/23, Without Invitation, English, AGE-WELL, Moncton, Canada
  21. The impacts of long-term care home relocations on residents' health and well-being, Wada, M., Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Fang, M. L., & Sixsmith, A., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – European Region Congress 2019, 2019/05/23, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Gothenburg, Sweden
  22. Agentic experiences within structures of long-term care: implications for research and practice, Fang, M. L.,, Sixsmith, J., Wada, M., Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A., The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – European Region Congress 2019, 2019/05/23, Without Invitation, English, The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Gothenburg, Sweden
  23. Senior services that support Housing First in Metro Vancouver, Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Fang, M. L., Wada, M., Barnes, R., & Sixsmith, A., The Gerontological Society of America 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, 2018/11/14, Without Invitation, English, Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA
  24. Clients' and caregivers' experiences of a community-based support service program "Better at Home", Wada, M., Chaudhury, H., McGrail, K., & Whitehurst, D., The Gerontological Society of America 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, 2018/11/14, Without Invitation, English, Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA
  25. Transdisciplinary research in aging and technology: Experiences from a pan-Canadian research network, Grigorovich, A., Wada, M., Sixsmith, J., Fang, M. L., & Kontos, P., The Gerontological Society of America 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, 2018/11/14, Without Invitation, English, Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA
  26. Perceived benefits of incorporating transdisciplinary working into research on aging and technology, Wada, M., Sixsmith, J., Grigorovich, A., Kontos, P., & Fang, M. L., The 47th Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2018/10/19, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver, Canada
  27. Challenges of implementing transdisciplinary working in aging and technology research, Wada, M., Sixsmith, J., Grigorovich, A., Kontos, P., & Fang, M. L., The 47th Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2018/10/19, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver, Canada
  28. Services to support older adults in maintaining housing in Metro Vancouver, Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., Wada, M., Barnes, R., & Sixsmith, A., The 47th Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2018/10/19, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver, Canada
  29. Exploring privilege in the digital divide: Implications for theory, policy, and practice, Fang, M. L., Battersby, L., Canham, S. L., Sixsmith, J., Wada, M., & Sixsmith, A., The 47th Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2018/10/19, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver, Canada
  30. Defining the contribution of relevant mechanisms to the ageing workforce: A bibliometric survey, Nagarajan, N. R., Wada, M., Fang, M. L., & Sixsmith, A., The 47th Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, 2018/10/19, Without Invitation, English, Canadian Association on Gerontology, Vancouver, Canada
  31. The AGE-WELL Highly Qualified Personnel Advisory Committee (HQP-AC) 2018-19: Your friendly, neighborhood (and national) representation to Canada's network in technology and aging, Wada, M., Atoyebi, O., Komisar, V., Bandini, A., Dai, J., Germeil, G., MacNeil, M., Mate, K., Neubauer, N., Shishov, N., Talebzadeh, A., Young, V., Yurkewich, A., & Sandassie, S., the 4th AGE-WELL Annual Conference, 2018/10/16, Without Invitation, English, AGE-WELL, Vancouver, Canada
  32. Experiences of transdisciplinary working in a pan-Canadian network on ageing and technology: Integrating transdisciplinary principles into research, Grigorovich, A., Wada, M., Sixsmith, J., Kontos, P., & Fang, M. L., The 14th Global Conference on Ageing, 2018/08/08, Without Invitation, English, Toronto, Canada
  33. Understanding disparities of the digital divide: Recommendations for theory, policy, and practice, Fang, M. L., Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Wada, M., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A., The 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2018/05/02, Without Invitation, English, Oslo, Norway

Awards

  1. 2019/07/12, Best Idea Award at Summer Institute AGE-WELL NCE, AGE-WELL NCE
  2. 2019/10/22, Best Demo Award at the AGE-WELL's 5th Annual Conference, AGE-WELL NCE
  3. Travel Awards – Institute Community Support, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  4. Best PowerPoint Slide presentation, The 2nd Annual Disabilities Health Research Network Graduate Student Conference

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. KAKEN Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (International Collaborative Research), A comparative study of the implementation of digital health into care for older people and changing care as phronesis in Japan and Sweden, 2023/09/01, 2026/03/31
  2. KAKEN Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Meaning of life balance and unpacking aging in place: from the perspectives caregivers and care recipients in community-dwelling older couples, 2023/04/01, 2026/03/31
  3. MIRAI2.0 Joint seed funding of Japan-Sweden collaborative projects, Older persons' social participation and digital engagement in and outside the home, 2023/02/01, 2023/12/31
  4. MIRAI2.0 Joint seed funding of Japan-Sweden collaborative short courses, Gerontechnology for health, participation, and quality of life, 2023/02/01, 2023/12/31
  5. KAKEN Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up, Advancing community support for aging in place: from the experiences of caregivers and care recipients in community-dwelling older couples, 2022/09/01, 2024/03/31

Social Activities

Other Social Contributions

  1. Special seminar, Promoting digital engagement among older adults: A new role for occupational therapists (Dr. Caroline Fischl), Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Gerontological and Community-Based Occupational Therapy, 2022/11/09, 2022/11/09, Hiroshima University, Health Sciences Building, Room 203, Organizing Member, Seminar or workshop, Others

History as Peer Reviews of Academic Papers

  1. 2023, BMC Research Involvement and Engagement, Others, Reviewer
  2. 2022, Journal of American College Health, Others, Reviewer
  3. 2022, Family Medicine, Others, Reviewer
  4. 2021, Annals of International Occupational Therapy, Others, Reviewer
  5. 2021, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Others, Reviewer
  6. 2021, Health Promotion Practice, Others, Reviewer
  7. 2020, Journal of Occupational Science, Others, Reviewer
  8. 2020, Ageing and Society, Others, Reviewer
  9. 2020, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Others, Reviewer