Dr. Noriko Toyokawa likes to practice Japanese Martial Arts & more

Noriko Toyokawa
Assistant Professor, Human Development


How long have you worked at  CSUSM?
2 and a half years

What brought you to CSUSM? 
Presence of the Department of Human Development! I was so excited to find Human Development at CSUSM!

What is your research, background or academic interests?
I am a family gerontologist. My broad research interest is in how family relationships are associated with health in later life. Under this broad interest, I am currently working on three lines of studies.

(1) aging in place: How older adults can utilize a variety of types of support (e.g., familial support, support devices) to enjoy their autonomy

(2) aging together: How family members’ aging processes mutually influence with each other (e.g., couples, aging parents-adult children)

(3) family responsibility: How individuals’ concept of their responsibility in a family changes over time and how the sense of responsibility is associated with their well-being

What is the biggest challenge in your job?
To facilitate people’s understanding of what Human Development as a field of study

What is the greatest reward of your job?
To be able to observe students enjoying studying Human Development

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I practice Kendo, a Japanese martial art with a bamboo sword.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Jogging with my family

What’s the best part about working at CSUSM?
Being able to work with amazing students!

What is your short-term goal?
To encourage students to present their studies at professional conferences

What is your long-term goal?
To receive external grants to support students’ research involvement

What is your favorite movie?  
Star Wars series

What would you like to do when you retire?
Write cute romantic stories of older couples

Anything else you’d like to add?
Enjoy your campus life, everyone!

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