Julia Nakamura

PhD Student
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M.A., University of British Columbia, 2022
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2020


About

Julia (she/her/hers) is a first-year doctoral student in the Health Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s in Health Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2022, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology (minor Gerontology) from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020. Julia’s overarching goal is to build a program of research that informs policy and intervention work to improve the psychological, behavioral, and physical health and well-being of our rapidly aging population. She integrates theories and perspectives from health psychology, epidemiology, gerontology, biostatistics, and translational science to identify, understand, and intervene upon the dimensions of psychological well-being (e.g., purpose in life) and prosocial behaviors (e.g., volunteering) that reduce the risk of age-related physical health conditions.

Recognizing the great importance of translating research into meaningful, real-world, population-level change, Julia engages in multiple translational science efforts with non-academic partners. She works with United Way Worldwide (designing initiatives to support older adults during COVID-19 internationally), IDEO (partnering with a global social media company and harnessing research to build interventions aimed at increasing social connectedness during COVID-19), and is a Research Fellow in the Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (to receive formal training in population research that supports evidence-informed decision-making).


Research

Research interests include: health psychology, psychological well-being, prosocial behaviour, gerontology/aging, epidemiology, translational science


Publications

Nakamura, J.S., Kwok, C., Huang, A., Strecher, V.J., Kim, E.S., & Cole, S.W. (2022). Reduced epigenetic age in older adults who volunteer. Psychoneuroendocrinology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2022.106000

Cowden, R.G., Nakamura, J.S., Chen, Z.J., Case, B., Kim, E.S., & VanderWeele, T.J. (2022). Identifying pathways to religious service attendance among older adults: A lagged exposure-wide analysis. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0278178

Nakamura, J.S., Oh, J., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Pathways to reduced overnight hospitalizations in older adults: Evaluating 62 physical, behavioral, and psychosocial factors. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0277222

Nakamura, J.S., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). What makes life purposeful? Identifying the antecedents of a sense of purpose in life using a lagged exposure-wide approach. Social Science & Medicine – Population Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101235

Nakamura, J.S., Lee, M.T., Chen, F.S., Archer Lee, Y. Fried, L.P., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Identifying pathways to increased volunteering in older US adults. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-16912-x

Nakamura, J.S., Hong, J.H., Smith, J., Chopik, W.J., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Associations between satisfaction with aging and health and well-being outcomes among older US adults. JAMA Network Open. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.47797

Nakamura, J.S., Delaney, S.W., Diener, E., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2021). Are all domains of life satisfaction equal? Differential associations with health and well-being in older adults. Quality of Life Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-021-02977-0

Kim, E.S., Chen, Y., Nakamura, J.S., Ryff, C.D., & VanderWeele, T.J. (2021). Sense of purpose in life and subsequent physical, behavioral, and psychosocial health: An outcome-wide approach. American Journal of Health Promotion. https://doi.org/10.1177/08901171211038545

Hong, J.H., Lachman, M.E., Charles, S.T., Chen, Y., Wilson, C.L., Nakamura, J.S., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2021). The positive influence of sense of control on physical behavioral, and psychosocial health in older adults: An outcome-wide approach. Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106612

Nakamura, J.S., Kim, E.S., Rentscher, K.E., Bower, J.E., & Kuhlman, K.R. (2021). Early-life stress, depressive symptoms, and inflammation: The role of social factors. Aging & Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2021.1876636


Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2022)
  • Killam Doctoral Scholarship (in title only) (2022)
  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (2022)
  • Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award – Master’s Level (2022)
  • Mather Institute Innovative Research on Aging Award (2022)
  • Gerontological Society of America: Behavioral and Social Sciences Student Research Award – Pre-Dissertation Level (2021)
  • Elizabeth Young Lacey Scholarship in Psychology (2021)
  • Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3) Fellowship (2021)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, University of British Columbia (2020)
  • R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2020)
  • Nissim and Arlyne Levy Endowed Award (2020)
  • Dean’s Prize for Research Excellence (2020)
  • Joan Palevsky Endowed Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2020)
  • Rose Gilbert in Memory of Maggie Gilbert Scholarship (2019)

Graduate Supervision

Julia is a graduate student instructor.


Julia Nakamura

PhD Student
file_download Download CV
Research Area
Education

M.A., University of British Columbia, 2022
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2020


About

Julia (she/her/hers) is a first-year doctoral student in the Health Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s in Health Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2022, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology (minor Gerontology) from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020. Julia’s overarching goal is to build a program of research that informs policy and intervention work to improve the psychological, behavioral, and physical health and well-being of our rapidly aging population. She integrates theories and perspectives from health psychology, epidemiology, gerontology, biostatistics, and translational science to identify, understand, and intervene upon the dimensions of psychological well-being (e.g., purpose in life) and prosocial behaviors (e.g., volunteering) that reduce the risk of age-related physical health conditions.

Recognizing the great importance of translating research into meaningful, real-world, population-level change, Julia engages in multiple translational science efforts with non-academic partners. She works with United Way Worldwide (designing initiatives to support older adults during COVID-19 internationally), IDEO (partnering with a global social media company and harnessing research to build interventions aimed at increasing social connectedness during COVID-19), and is a Research Fellow in the Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (to receive formal training in population research that supports evidence-informed decision-making).


Research

Research interests include: health psychology, psychological well-being, prosocial behaviour, gerontology/aging, epidemiology, translational science


Publications

Nakamura, J.S., Kwok, C., Huang, A., Strecher, V.J., Kim, E.S., & Cole, S.W. (2022). Reduced epigenetic age in older adults who volunteer. Psychoneuroendocrinology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2022.106000

Cowden, R.G., Nakamura, J.S., Chen, Z.J., Case, B., Kim, E.S., & VanderWeele, T.J. (2022). Identifying pathways to religious service attendance among older adults: A lagged exposure-wide analysis. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0278178

Nakamura, J.S., Oh, J., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Pathways to reduced overnight hospitalizations in older adults: Evaluating 62 physical, behavioral, and psychosocial factors. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0277222

Nakamura, J.S., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). What makes life purposeful? Identifying the antecedents of a sense of purpose in life using a lagged exposure-wide approach. Social Science & Medicine – Population Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101235

Nakamura, J.S., Lee, M.T., Chen, F.S., Archer Lee, Y. Fried, L.P., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Identifying pathways to increased volunteering in older US adults. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-16912-x

Nakamura, J.S., Hong, J.H., Smith, J., Chopik, W.J., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Associations between satisfaction with aging and health and well-being outcomes among older US adults. JAMA Network Open. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.47797

Nakamura, J.S., Delaney, S.W., Diener, E., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2021). Are all domains of life satisfaction equal? Differential associations with health and well-being in older adults. Quality of Life Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-021-02977-0

Kim, E.S., Chen, Y., Nakamura, J.S., Ryff, C.D., & VanderWeele, T.J. (2021). Sense of purpose in life and subsequent physical, behavioral, and psychosocial health: An outcome-wide approach. American Journal of Health Promotion. https://doi.org/10.1177/08901171211038545

Hong, J.H., Lachman, M.E., Charles, S.T., Chen, Y., Wilson, C.L., Nakamura, J.S., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2021). The positive influence of sense of control on physical behavioral, and psychosocial health in older adults: An outcome-wide approach. Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106612

Nakamura, J.S., Kim, E.S., Rentscher, K.E., Bower, J.E., & Kuhlman, K.R. (2021). Early-life stress, depressive symptoms, and inflammation: The role of social factors. Aging & Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2021.1876636


Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2022)
  • Killam Doctoral Scholarship (in title only) (2022)
  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (2022)
  • Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award – Master’s Level (2022)
  • Mather Institute Innovative Research on Aging Award (2022)
  • Gerontological Society of America: Behavioral and Social Sciences Student Research Award – Pre-Dissertation Level (2021)
  • Elizabeth Young Lacey Scholarship in Psychology (2021)
  • Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3) Fellowship (2021)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, University of British Columbia (2020)
  • R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2020)
  • Nissim and Arlyne Levy Endowed Award (2020)
  • Dean’s Prize for Research Excellence (2020)
  • Joan Palevsky Endowed Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2020)
  • Rose Gilbert in Memory of Maggie Gilbert Scholarship (2019)

Graduate Supervision

Julia is a graduate student instructor.


Julia Nakamura

PhD Student
Research Area
Education

M.A., University of British Columbia, 2022
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2020

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Julia (she/her/hers) is a first-year doctoral student in the Health Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s in Health Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2022, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology (minor Gerontology) from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020. Julia’s overarching goal is to build a program of research that informs policy and intervention work to improve the psychological, behavioral, and physical health and well-being of our rapidly aging population. She integrates theories and perspectives from health psychology, epidemiology, gerontology, biostatistics, and translational science to identify, understand, and intervene upon the dimensions of psychological well-being (e.g., purpose in life) and prosocial behaviors (e.g., volunteering) that reduce the risk of age-related physical health conditions.

Recognizing the great importance of translating research into meaningful, real-world, population-level change, Julia engages in multiple translational science efforts with non-academic partners. She works with United Way Worldwide (designing initiatives to support older adults during COVID-19 internationally), IDEO (partnering with a global social media company and harnessing research to build interventions aimed at increasing social connectedness during COVID-19), and is a Research Fellow in the Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (to receive formal training in population research that supports evidence-informed decision-making).

Research keyboard_arrow_down

Research interests include: health psychology, psychological well-being, prosocial behaviour, gerontology/aging, epidemiology, translational science

Publications keyboard_arrow_down

Nakamura, J.S., Kwok, C., Huang, A., Strecher, V.J., Kim, E.S., & Cole, S.W. (2022). Reduced epigenetic age in older adults who volunteer. Psychoneuroendocrinology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2022.106000

Cowden, R.G., Nakamura, J.S., Chen, Z.J., Case, B., Kim, E.S., & VanderWeele, T.J. (2022). Identifying pathways to religious service attendance among older adults: A lagged exposure-wide analysis. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0278178

Nakamura, J.S., Oh, J., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Pathways to reduced overnight hospitalizations in older adults: Evaluating 62 physical, behavioral, and psychosocial factors. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0277222

Nakamura, J.S., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). What makes life purposeful? Identifying the antecedents of a sense of purpose in life using a lagged exposure-wide approach. Social Science & Medicine – Population Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101235

Nakamura, J.S., Lee, M.T., Chen, F.S., Archer Lee, Y. Fried, L.P., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Identifying pathways to increased volunteering in older US adults. Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-16912-x

Nakamura, J.S., Hong, J.H., Smith, J., Chopik, W.J., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2022). Associations between satisfaction with aging and health and well-being outcomes among older US adults. JAMA Network Open. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.47797

Nakamura, J.S., Delaney, S.W., Diener, E., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2021). Are all domains of life satisfaction equal? Differential associations with health and well-being in older adults. Quality of Life Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-021-02977-0

Kim, E.S., Chen, Y., Nakamura, J.S., Ryff, C.D., & VanderWeele, T.J. (2021). Sense of purpose in life and subsequent physical, behavioral, and psychosocial health: An outcome-wide approach. American Journal of Health Promotion. https://doi.org/10.1177/08901171211038545

Hong, J.H., Lachman, M.E., Charles, S.T., Chen, Y., Wilson, C.L., Nakamura, J.S., VanderWeele, T.J., & Kim, E.S. (2021). The positive influence of sense of control on physical behavioral, and psychosocial health in older adults: An outcome-wide approach. Preventive Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106612

Nakamura, J.S., Kim, E.S., Rentscher, K.E., Bower, J.E., & Kuhlman, K.R. (2021). Early-life stress, depressive symptoms, and inflammation: The role of social factors. Aging & Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2021.1876636

Awards keyboard_arrow_down
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2022)
  • Killam Doctoral Scholarship (in title only) (2022)
  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (2022)
  • Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award – Master’s Level (2022)
  • Mather Institute Innovative Research on Aging Award (2022)
  • Gerontological Society of America: Behavioral and Social Sciences Student Research Award – Pre-Dissertation Level (2021)
  • Elizabeth Young Lacey Scholarship in Psychology (2021)
  • Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3) Fellowship (2021)
  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, University of British Columbia (2020)
  • R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2020)
  • Nissim and Arlyne Levy Endowed Award (2020)
  • Dean’s Prize for Research Excellence (2020)
  • Joan Palevsky Endowed Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2020)
  • Rose Gilbert in Memory of Maggie Gilbert Scholarship (2019)
Graduate Supervision keyboard_arrow_down

Julia is a graduate student instructor.