Mineko Wada

Mineko Wada
Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia

Postdoctoral Researcher, SFU Gerontology Research Centre

HC2835
E: mineko_wada@sfu.ca
T: 778-782-9876

Biography

Mineko Wada is an occupational scientist who focuses on life balance, engagement in activities (occupations), and social and cultural meanings attributed to activities. Her doctoral studies qualitatively investigated how men and women in dual-income couples with young children managed the demands of multiple activities in daily life and how life balance was constructed in both men’s and women’s discourses of juggling and negotiating multiple needs. More recently, Mineko’s postdoctoral research explored the ways in which sexuality in later life was portrayed in popular Canadian media, paying particular attention to how biomedical and pharmaceutical advancements, together with consumer culture, contributed to (re)creating and shaping societal understandings of sexuality in later life. In addition, Mineko has been qualitatively and quantitatively examining how older adults present themselves in online dating profiles and how self-representations in such profiles vary by age, ethnicity, and gender.

Mineko uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches in her research, but is particularly passionate about mastering qualitative methodologies and methods. Over the past 10 years, she has not only expanded her capacity to conduct interviews, focus groups, and content and thematic analyses, but has also mastered using a phenomenographic approach, participatory action research, and critical discourse analysis.

Mineko joined the research team at the Gerontology Research Centre in April 2016 and is primarily involved in two research projects. In the Baptist Housing Evaluation project, which aims to examine the effect on residents, families, and care team members of the transition from an institutional care setting to a housing model of care, Mineko is taking a lead role on data analyses and writing reports. She is also participating in the Mapping Metro Vancouver to Support Housing First Implementation project, which was designed to map the relevant Housing First support resources in Metro Vancouver in order to identify, integrate, and improve services. Her primary role in this project is data collection in different regions. By actively engaging in these projects, Mineko will extend her knowledge of how changes in environment influence engagement in activities and will learn the application of community-based participatory research methods. She is excited about learning from and collaborating with members in those communities to help foster their health and quality of life.

Selected Publications

Wada, M., Mortenson, W.B., & Hurd Clarke, L. (2016). Older adults’ online dating profiles and successful aging. Canadian Journal on Aging, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0714980816000507  LINK

Bar, M. A., Jarus, T., Wada, M., Rechtman, L., & Noy, E. (2016). Male-to-female transitions: Implications for everyday occupations, health, and life satisfaction. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83, 72-82. doi:10.1177/0008417416635346

Wada, M., Hurd Clarke, L., & Rozanova, J. (2015). Constructions of sexuality in later life: Analyses of Canadian magazine and newspaper portrayals of online dating. Journal of Aging Studies, 32, 40-49. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging.2014.12.002

Wada, M., Backman, C. L., & Forwell, S. J. (2015). Men’s discursive constructions of balance in everyday life: Subject positions and underpinning ideologies. Community, Work & Family, 18 (1), 117-133. doi:10.1080/13668803.2014.965662

Wada, M., Backman, C. L., Forwell, S. J., Roth, W. -M., & Ponzetti, J. (2014). Balance in everyday life: Dual-income parents’ collective and individual conceptions. Journal of Occupational Science, 21, 259-276. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2014.913331

Wada, M. (2011). Strengthening the Kawa model: Japanese perspectives on person, occupation, and environment. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78, 230-236. doi: 10.2182/cjot.2011.78.4.4

Wada, M., Backman, C. L., & Forwell, S. J. (2010). Theoretical perspectives of balance and the influence of gender ideologies. Journal of Occupational Science, 17, 92-103. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2010.9686680

Wada, M. & Beagan, B. (2006). Values concerning employment-related and family-related occupations: Perspectives of young Canadian male medical students. Journal of Occupational Science, 13, 117-125. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2006.9726504

Conference Activities

Fang, M.L., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Bell, R., Wada, M., Biggerstaff, S., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Mapping Metro Vancouver: Exploring implementation possibilities for Housing First. Paper presented at 2016 Pacific Housing Research Network Symposium on Housing Research in British Columbia, November 20-23, 2016, Richmond, BC.

Wada, M., Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Creating and enhancing ‘home’ in Long-term care settings: A longitudinal inquiry. Poster presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Wada, M., Fang, M.L., Krahn, D., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Long term care en masse interinstitutional relocations: Interactive guideline development. Poster session presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Canham, S.L., Battersby, L., Wada, M., Fang, M.L., Bell, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Mapping Metro Vancouver to support Housing First implementation. Poster presented at Researching the City: SFU Innovates, October 12, 2016, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Wada, M., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Impact of residential transition and a “home-like” built environment on residents’ health in long-term care settings. Poster presented at Researching the City: SFU Innovates, October 12, 2016, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Wada, M., Hurd Clarke, L., & Mortenson, B. (2016, October). I am very active and healthy and ... enjoy the simple things in life": Older adults' self-representations in online dating profiles. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Wada, M., Mortenson, B., & Hurd Clarke, L. (2016, October). Successful aging meets romance: Examination of older adults’ self-representation in online dating profiles. Poster session presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Wada, M., Lee, M., Suto, M., Sun, C., Goldman, J., & Chauhan, S. (2015, July). Diminished sense of belonging and able identities among university students: High academic expectations and mental health stigma in university communities. Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, Hong Kong, China.

Lee, M., Wada, M., Barnes, S. J., Suto, M., & Lane, K. (2015, July). Mental health needs assessment: Creating inclusive university communities that foster mental health and academic success for students with mental health issues and concerns. Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, Hong Kong, China.

Wada, M., Rozanova, J., & Hurd Clarke, L. (2014, June). Canadian media portrayals of sexual and relationship-oriented occupations in later life. Paper presented at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Wada, M., Backman, C., & Forwell, S. (2014, June). Canadian men’s constructions of balance in everyday life. Poster presented at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

Wada, M., Hurd Clarke, L., & Rozanova J. (2013, October). Constructions of sexuality in later life: Analyses of Canadian media discourse. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of Canadian Association on Gerontology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Wada, M., Backman, C., Forwell, S., Roth, W. -M., & Ponzetti, J. (2013, May). Life balance in the family context: Negotiations within partnership. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference – Occupational Science Stream, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Rozanova, J., Wada, M., & Hurd Clarke, L. (2013, May). Meanings of romantic occupations in later life: Analysis of social media portrayals. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference – Occupational Science Stream, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Rozanova, J., Wada, M., & Hurd Clarke, L. (2012, October). The global community of successful aging: Online dating in later life. Paper session at the Global Communities: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Exchanges conference, Växjö, Sweden.

Wada, M., Backman, C., Forwell, S., Roth, W. -M., & Ponzetti, J. (2012, October). Tension in achieving balance in everyday life: Intensive and extensive mothering. Paper session at the 11th Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Wada, M., Backman, C., Roth, W. -M., & Forwell, S. (2012, May). Constructing balance in everyday life: Men's and women's ideological gender positions. Paper presented at the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Wada, M., Backman, C., Forwell, S., & Roth, W. -M. (2011, June). Collective and individual: Dual-income heterosexual parents’ balance perspectives. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference – Occupational Science Stream, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Wada, M. (2010, November). Male and female dual-income parents' perspectives on balance in everyday life. Poster presented at the Innovations in Gender, Sex and Health Research Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wada, M., Backman, C., Forwell, S., Roth, W. -M., & Ponzetti, J. (2010, October). Parents’ experiences of balance in everyday life. Poster presented at the 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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