Masako Tanaka

Research Coordinator

Masako Tanaka was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She received her Ph.D. in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University in 2010. Her research has focused on the methodological issues in assessment of childhood maltreatment and its relationship to young adult functioning, including educational attainment, income, employment, quality of life, and the sex differences. She also used clinical and child welfare samples to examine the association between childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence and adolescent dating violence. She was involved with the project to develop a global violence prevention research agenda on behalf of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance using a modified Delphi consensus development process with Dr. Harriet MacMillan.

Current Activities

  • Interventions to family violence
  • Child welfare research and practice


  • Tanaka, M., Afifi, T.O., Wathen, C.N., Boyle, M.H., & MacMillan, H.L. (2014). Evaluation of sex differences in health-related quality of life outcomes associated with child abuse: Results from the Ontario Child Health Study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. DOI:
  • Tanaka, M., Wekerle, C., Leung, E., Waechter, R., Gonzalez, A., Jamieson,E.,Macmillan, H.L. (2012). Preliminary evaluation of the childhood experiences of violence questionnaire short form.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence27 (2) 396-407.
  • Tanaka, M., Jamieson, E., Georgiades, K., Duku, E., Boyle, M., & MacMillan, H.L. (2011).       The association between childhood abuse and labor force outcomes in young adults: Results from the Ontario Child Health Study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma 20(8) 821-844.
  • Tanaka, M, Jamieson, E, Wathen, CN, & MacMillan, H. (2010) Methodological standards for randomised controlled trials of interventions for preventing recurrence of child physical abuse and neglect. Child Abuse Review.19(1): 21-38.

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Research Interests

  • Social and psychiatric epidemiology
  • Public health approach to violence prevention
  • Promotion of health and wellbeing of children and youth

Education, Memberships & Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Health Research Methodology
  • M.P.H., Epidemiology
  • B.A. in Psychology, Sociology