Machiko R. Tomita, PhD

Clinical Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science

Contact Information

623 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-6740
Fax: (716) 829-3217


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Research Interests: Fall and frailty prevention in older adults with a chronic illness, a past fall, Alzheimer’s disease and/or cancer, often using technology. Caregivers of older adults are also her research interest. 


Machiko Tomita, PhD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. She is also a gerontologist who has devoted 25 years to researching ways to improve quality of life for older adults and their caregivers, which is evidenced in her numerous publications and the support she receives through federal, state, regional and local funding. One of her products developed to prevent older adults’ falls (Home Safety Self Assessment Tool) has been translated into five other languages and used in over 40 states in the U.S. In addition to her teaching and research efforts, Tomita also serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Canadian Institute on Health Research. 


  • PhD, Social Research/Statistics/Communication, University of Minnesota (1989)
  • MA, Mass Communication Research, University of Minnesota (1981)
  • MA, Mass Communication, Sophia University (1976)
  • BA, Journalism, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (1974)

Professional Affiliations

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • New York State Association of Aging 
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Global Forum on Innovation for Aging Populations