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Research Spotlight: Sachiko Nagasawa

PhD Candidate
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology


How, and in what ways, do sociocultural factors restrict physical activities of girls?


My research focuses on female embodiment and how varied social processes disrupt girls’ connection to their bodies during adolescence.

In order to understand how varied social domains impact upon adolescent girls’ physical activity levels, I will examine longitudinal data from a larger study exploring girls’ body image development, with a specific focus on physical activity. I will conduct several focus groups with girls from various geographical areas in Ontario. Together these two studies will combine to assist in the development of school-based prevention initiatives to foster greater body satisfaction in adolescent girls.

Sachiko works with Feature d Research Celebration Professor Niva Piran

I feel both honoured and privileged to be mentored by Dr. Niva Piran. Dr. Piran has gone well beyond the duties of a supervisor by the ways in which she has inspired me to grow as a researcher, a clinician, and most importantly as a human being. Her dedication to her students, passionate engagement with her research projects and extensive knowledge in the field of women’s embodiment are an inspiration for those who have the opportunity to work with her.


The OISE community supports and nourishes my dedication towards a society that is more equitable, inclusive, and valuing of all of its members. I believe that the groundbreaking research at OISE provides students with the opportunity to openly critique and change harmful systemic social discourses.

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