Sato Ashida

Title & Affiliation
Senior Faculty Affiliate Health Policy Research Program
Associate Professor Department of Community and Behavioral Health


  • Post-Doctoral, Social Network Methods, National Human Genome Research Institute, 2006-2010
  • PhD, Public Health, The Ohio State University, 2005
  • MMus, Music Therapy, Florida State University, 1999

Sato Ashida is a member of the University of Iowa Center on Aging and is an Aging Mind and Brain Initiative (AMBI) faculty member. Her training background consists of health behavior theories, gerontology and aging, program development and implementation, social network methodology, and public health genomics. Her previous work includes evaluation of social influence and its impact on motivation to undergo health screening and to improve lifestyle (diet, physical activity), the roles of social support and engagement on health, and social resources that facilitate behaviors.

Research Interests

  • Examine the roles of social networks and relationships in health and health-related behaviors, and develop strategies to positively influence such social factors.
  • Identify and influence modifiable social factors to facilitate healthy aging
  • Understand the roles of genomic information in health-related beliefs and behaviors