Dr. Emily S. Ihara

(Health Fellows & Scholars)
Associate Professor
Fairfax, Virginia
United States

Focus Areas

Aging / Gerontology
Social Justice
Human Rights
Social Justice
Youth Development
Adoption / Foster Care


Emily S. Ihara is an Associate Professor of Social Work at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the social determinants of health inequities across the life course, particularly for older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved populations. She is actively engaged in implementing intervention studies for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, using agent-based modeling to address the complexity of caregiving, and assessing the role of health inequities for dialysis patients. Dr. Ihara is a graduate of UC Berkeley (A.B.), UCLA (M.S.W.), and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (Ph.D., M.A.).