Taka Yamashita has received his Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio, M.A. from Ball State University, and a B.A. from Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan. He completed the post-doctoral training at the Scripps Gerontology Center of Miami University and joined the UNLV department of sociology in 2012. His research interests are geographic access to health resources, including health care services, healthy food outlets and places for physical activities, health literacy over the life course, fall risk factors and chronic disease self-management behaviors in older populations. He has been involved in other research areas such as measurement for quality of life in Eastern Asian populations, psychometric property of residential care facility residents’ satisfaction, effects of marital quality on health, scientific data visualization, and exploratory spatial analysis of public health policy and gerontology education.
He has used the geographic information systems in his research for quantifying spatial accessibility and visualizing data. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Social Science & Medicine, Gerontologist, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Aging and Health, Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Diabetes, and Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.