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Megumi Inoue, PhD

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Dr. Inoue is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work. Her research focus is primarily on older adults with declined health who are vulnerable to losing autonomy and dignity. When older adults’ physical and/or cognitive abilities are significantly deteriorated, their right to make decisions and right to be treated with respect is easily threatened. Her research seeks ways to avoid these unfortunate situations and to support vulnerable older adults. Dr. Inoue brings her extensive clinical experience as a social worker and a registered nurse to her understanding of these research areas. She received her Ph.D. from Boston College (Graduate School of Social Work), MSW from Washington University in St. Louis (Brown School of Social Work), BSW from Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare in Japan (Department of Medical Social Welfare), and ADN from Kyushu University in Japan (College of Medical Technology Department of Nursing).

Community Service

  • Council Member, Fairfax Area Long Term Care Coordinating Council
  • International Liaison, Gerontological Society of America, 2016-Present 
  • Board Member, Japanese Bostonian Support Line (JB Line, Inc.), 2012-Present 


PhD, Social Work, Boston College

MSW, Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis

BSW, Social Work, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Japan

ADN, Nursing, Kyushu University, College of Medical Technology, Japan


Research Interests

  • End-of-life issues: Advance care planning and grief process
  • Patients’ autonomy and dignity in health care settings
  • Personalized music intervention for dementia


# Co-author was an undergraduate student at the time of the writing of the manuscript
*Co-author was a graduate student at the time of the writing of the manuscript

Ihara, E. S., Tompkins, C. J., Inoue, M., & Sonneman, S. (in press). Results from a person-centered  music intervention for individuals living with dementia. Geriatrics & Gerontology International.

Milliken, A., Mahoney, E. K., Mahoney, K. J., Mignosa, K., Cuchetti, C., Rodriques, I., & Inoue, M. (in press). “I’m just trying to cope for both of us”: Challenges and supports of family caregivers in patient-directed programs. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Inoue, M., Tompkins, C., Scruggs, K*, & Robles, J#. (in press). Advance directives information delivery in Medicare/Medicaid funded agencies: An exploratory study. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

Inoue, M., Ihara, E. S., & Terrillion, A. (in press). Making your wishes known: Who shares their advance directives with their health care team or loved ones? Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Inoue, M., & Nishijima, M. (2017). Risk factors for increased anxiety among Japanese individuals in the greater Boston area. The International Journal of Community Diversity, 17(3), 13-23.

Naganuma, H., Inoue, M., & Lombe, M. (2017). Bonding and bridging social capital among an ethnic minority group: The case of the Japanese community in the greater Boston area. The International Journal of Diverse Identities, 16(4), 15-24.
This article was selected as the International Award for Excellence for Volume 16 of the Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations Journal Collection.

Shimizu, N., & Inoue, M. (2017). Accessing information and desired support in an emergency situation among people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. The International Journal of Community Diversity, 17(2), 1-12.

Inoue, M., Entwistle, J.*, Wolf-Branigin, M. E., & Wolf-Branigin, K. (2017). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Information Dissemination by Health Care Professions. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 17(3), 275-290.

Inoue, M., Cordisco Tsai, L., Lee, J., Ihara, E., Tompkins, C., Aguimatang, J. #, Fountain, K.*, & Hudson, S.* (2017, Online first). Creating an integrative research learning environment for BSW and MSW students. Journal of Social Work Education. Available at

Inoue, M. (2016). The influence of sociodemographic and psychosocial factors on advance care planning. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 59(5), 401-422.

Ichihara, A., Inoue, M., Watanabe, S., & Ichihara, N. (2016). Examining services provided by a Japanese organization during and after the Boston marathon bombing. Practice: Social Work in Action. Published online first.

Johnson, K., Hong, M., Inoue, M., & Adamek, M. (2016). Social work should be more proactive in addressing the need to plan for end-of-life. Health & Social Work. Published online first.

Lombe, M., Inoue, M., Mahoney, J.K., Chu, Y., & Putnam, M. (2016). Understanding effects of flexible spending accounts on people with disabilities: The case of a consumer directed care program. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 15(1), 62-75.

Kennedy, W. G., Ihara, E. S., Tompkins, C. J., Inoue, M., & Wolf-Branigin, M. E. (2015). Computational modeling of caregiver stress. Journal on Policy and Complex Systems, 2(1), 31-44.

Matto, H. C., Tompkins, C. J., Ihara, E. S., Inoue, M., & Byrd, A*. (2015). Results from a Music, Imagery, and Movement (MiM) Treatment Intervention in a Long-Term Care Facility. Families in Society, 96(4), 277-283.

Inoue, M., & Moorman, S. (2015). Does end-of-life planning help spouses become better surrogates? The Gerontologist, 55(6), 951-960. doi:

Morrow-Howell, N., Putnam, M., Lee, Y. S, Greenfield, J. C., Inoue, M., & Chen, H. (2014). An investigation of activity profiles of older adults. Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, 69(5), 809-821.

Inoue, M., Lombe, M., Putnam, M., & Mahoney, K. J. (2014). Understanding saving and purchasing patterns of consumers in a self-directed care program: The West Virginia experience. Journal of Policy Practice, 13(2), 101-117.

Putnam, M., Morrow-Howell, N., Inoue, M., Greenfield, J., Chen, H., & Lee, Y. (2014). Suitability of public use secondary data sets to study multiple activities. The Gerontologist, 54(5) 818-829.

Moorman, S., & Inoue, M. (2013). Predicting a partner’s end-of-life preferences, or substituting one’s own? The Journal of Marriage and Family, 75(3), 734-745.

Moorman, S., & Inoue, M. (2013). Persistent problems in end-of-life planning among young- and middle-aged American couples. Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, 68(1), 97-106.

Pickard, J. G., & Inoue, M. (2013). Referral by clergy who counsel older adults. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 16(6), 633-642.

Pickard, J. G., Inoue, M., Chadiha, L. A., & Johnson, S. (2011). The relationship of social support to African American female caregivers’ help-seeking for emotional problems. Social Service Review, 85(2), 247-265.

Raghavan, R., Inoue, M, Ettner, S.L., Hamilton, B.H., & Landsverk, J. (2010). A preliminary analysis of mental health services consistent with national standards among children in the child welfare system. American Journal of Public Health, 100(4), 742-749.

Inoue, M., Pickard, J., Welch-Saleeby, P., & Johnson, S. (2009). African American caregivers’ breast health behavior. Health Education Research, 24(5), 735-747.

Books and Book Chapters

Inoue, M. (in press). Do not resuscitate (DNR) order. In M. H. Bornstein, M. E. Arterberry, K. L., Fingerman, & J. E. Lansford (Eds), The SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc.

Rose, S. R., & Inoue, M. (2016). Group work with people who have cancer. In G. L. Grief & C. Knight (Eds). Group work with populations at risk (4th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Inoue, M., Keary, S., & Moorman, S. (2016) End-of-life planning. In M. Harrington Meyer & E. Daniele (Eds), Gerontology: Changes, challenges, and solutions (pp. 251-270). Westport, CT: Praeger. **Alphabetical authorship reflects equal contributions.**


"A Web-Based Training Program for Direct Care Workers in Long-Term Care Communities: Providing Knowledge and Skills to Implement a Music and Memory Intervention," Virginia Center on Aging. Tompkins, C. (Principal Investigator), December 2017-June 2018. Role: Co-Investigator. $20,000.

"Advance Care Planning Training in Medicare/Medicaid Funded Agencies," Virginia Center on Aging. January 2017-June 2017. Role: Principal Investigator. $12,500.

"Addressing Staff Perceived Barriers in Advance Care Planning in Critical Care and Oncology Units," INOVA Seed Grant Award. Mohess, D. (Principal Investigator), July 2016-July 2017. Role: Consultant. $10,000.

"Understanding Experiences, Trends & Needs in SD Programs," Subcontract from University of Illinois at Chicago Family Support Research & Training Center under grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Frant # 90RT503200100. Magana, S. (Principal Investigator), July 2016-August 2017. Role: Consultant (Mahoney, E. - PI, Mahoney, K.J. - Co-PI).

"The Social Work Integrative Research Lab (SWiRL)," The University Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, & Research (OSCAR). March 2016-June 2017. Role: Co-Principal Investigator (with Tsai, L.C. - Co-PI, Lee, J. - Co-PI, Ihara, E. - Co-PI, Tompkins, C. - Co-PI). $47,500.

"Procedures for Administering Advance Directives in Medicare and Medicaid Funded Institutions: An Exploratory Study," The University Summer Research Funding, George Mason University. July 2015-June 2016. Role: Principal Investigator. $4,900.

"Examining the Effects of Personalized Music on Behavior and Emotion," Virginia Center on Aging. Tompkins, C. (Principal Investigator), Ihara, E. (Co-Principal Investigator), July 2015-June 2016. Role: Co-Investigator. $45,000. 

"Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Project-Services 2," The ARC of the United States. November 2014-August 2015. Role: Principal Investigator. $9,000.

"Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Project-Services 1," The ARC of the United States. August 2014-January 2015. Role: Principal Investigator. $5,250.