Associate Professor

Mika Nonoyama

Physical Therapy


University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario Canada L1G 0C5
Research Interests
Movement Science
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Dr. Nonoyama is a registered respiratory therapist with a PhD in the Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Toronto. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She is currently an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), a Health Clinician Scientist at SickKids in the Respiratory Therapy Department and Clinical Health Evaluative Sciences, and a status-only assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Twitter @mikaRRT.


Research Synopsis


My research program is in respiratory therapy, specifically, respiratory disease management across all age groups. Programs across the whole healthcare continuum are needed to improve prevention; provide effective management; and supply alternative, consistent models of service delivery for those living with respiratory-related diseases and disorders. I am involved with several different research areas to help address these issues. First, I am invested in optimizing the quality of healthcare services for individuals affected by long-term respiratory failure and use of prolonged or long-term mechanical ventilation. Secondly, I am a health clinician scientist at SickKids researching innovative approaches to paediatric respiratory therapy. Finally, I have an interest in the management of chronic respiratory disease, including rehabilitation and exercise. Therefore, the goals for my research are to gather information, understand, develop and evaluate effective respiratory therapies to help individuals affected by respiratory related diseases and disorders across their life span.


Recent Publications


  1. Nonoyama M, Papaconstantinou E, D’Cruz R, Kurketi V (2019). Children with Bronchiolitis admitted to a Community Based Hospital Emergency Department: A Retrospective Chart Review. Canadian Journal of Respiratory Therapy. 55(1). 16-20.
  2. Nonoyama ML, McKim DA, Road J, Guerriere D, Coyte PC, Wasilewski M, Avendano M, Katz SL, Amin R, Goldstein R, Zagorski B, Rose L (2018). Healthcare utilisation and costs of home mechanical ventilation. Thorax. 73(7):644-651.
  3. Gionfriddo A, Nonoyama ML, Laussen PC, Cox PN, Clarke M, Floh AA (2018). Retrospective Application of New Pediatric Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia criteria identifies a High-Risk Population. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 19(6):507-512.
  4. Rose L, Katz S, Amin R, McKim D, Leasa D, Nonoyama M, Tandon A, Qing Bai Y, Goldstein R, Gershon A (2018). Respiratory health service utilization of children with neuromuscular disease. Pediatric Pulmonology. 53(10): 1378-86.
  5. Dale CM, King J, Nonoyama M, Carbone S, McKim D, Road J, Rose L (2018). Transitions to home mechanical ventilation: The experiences of Canadian ventilator assisted adults and their family caregivers. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 15(3):357-64.


Honours and Awards



  • $100 Margaret Fitch award for best poster at the Ontario Lung Association Better Breathing Conference: “A Novel Device Providing Apneic Oxygenation and On-Demand Suction through the Endotracheal Tube” [Jan 25 2019]
  • $90,000 Canadian Lung Association, Canadian Thoracic Society Research Fellowship Award. [Sep 2011 – Sep 2013]
  • Ontario Lung Association Meritorious Service Award. Presented at The Better Breathing Conference, Toronto, Ontario. [2015]