The primary focus of my research is on how perfectionism can be positive or negative, and how people with obsessive compulsive disorder seek and receive reassurance. The ultimate aims of these projects are to help perfectionists to thrive on perfectionism rather than suffer from perfectionism, and to help people with OCD and their carers to manage excessive reassurance seeking and providing.

  • BA, Educational Psychology, University of Tokyo
  • MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Sciences, University of Tokyo
  • PhD, Cognitive Behavioural Sciences, University of Tokyo

Areas of Expertise

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Health Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Reassurance Seeking and Help Seeking
  • Sport Psychology

Publications

  1. & I do not know what else to do: Caregivers' perspective on reassurance seeking in OCD. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders 8, 21-30.
  2. et. al. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder Who Remain Symptomatic following Antidepressant Treatment: A Randomized, Assessor-Blinded, Controlled Trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 85(4), 208-217.
  3. & Reassuringly calm? Self-reported patterns of responses to reassurance seeking in obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 49, 203-208.
  4. & Changes in picturing of ‘self’ in social anxiety disorder: a case report. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist 8
  5. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Health Anxiety Disorder: A Case Report of a Japanese Male Suffering the After Effects of Apoplexy and Attempted Suicide. Journal of Psychotherapy & Psychological Disorders 02(01)

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Teaching

  • PS-M15 Special Research Skills

    Specialists from a variety of fields in psychology discuss the methods used in their own research area. The subject areas will vary from year to year depending upon the current research interests and activities of the staff. Each seminar is grounded by showing the application of these methods to a particular theory or issue in psychology. Students select two options from those presented (one in TB1 and TB2) and write an essay after consultation with the presenter on a topic geared to their own research interests.

  • PS-M56 Affective and Somatoform Disorders

    Mental health disorders encompass three broad sub-types of condition, Anxiety, Mood and Somatoform disorders. The module will consider each disorder from biological/genetic, social/familial, and psychological explanatory frameworks. It will also critically review established and emergent theory-driven interventions. All three disorders are covered by specialist lecturers who will highlight research and issues in several key areas.

  • PS-M65 Psychotherapy

    This module will focus on the key skills required in the practice of psychotherapy and their use in clinical contexts. It focuses on the development of theory-based clinical formulation and interventions using cognitive behavioural and third wave strategies of change. It also provides practice in the use of core skills involved in formulation development and treatment. The module will translate a theoretical understanding of psychological disorders to a more clinical case relevant understanding. Students will learn about the key elements of second and third wave cognitive behavioural therapies both from a theoretical and practical perspective. This module is appropriate for students wishing to pursue a career in clinical, health or other abnormal psychological fields.

  • PSGR01 Year aboad, University of Mannheim

    This module is for Psychology students taking the intercalary study year at Mannheim University.

  • PSGR02 Year Abroad at Groningen University

    This module is for Psychology students taking the intercalary study year at Groningen University.

  • PSGR03 Year Abroad, Hong Kong City University

    This module is for Psychology students taking the intercalary study year at Hong Kong City University.

  • PSGR04 Year Abroad, Trinity College Dublin

    This module is for Psychology students taking the intercalary study year at Trinity College Dublin.

  • PSGR05 Year Abroad, University of New South Wales

    This module is for Psychology students taking the intercalary study year at University of New South Wales.

  • PSGR06 Year Abroad, University of New Brunswick

    This module is for Psychology students taking the intercalary study year at University of New Brunswick

  • PSGS09 Year Abroad, Brock University

    This module is for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology with an intercalary study year at Brock University.

  • PSGS10 Year Abroad, University of Canterbury

    This module is for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology with an intercalary study year at University of Canterbury.

  • PSGS11 Year Abroad, University of Jagiellonian, Krakow

    This module is for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology with an intercalary study year at University of Jagiellonian, Krakow.

  • PSGS12 Year Abroad, University of Texas at Austin

    This module is for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology with an intercalary study year at University of Texas at Austin.

  • PSGS13 Year Abroad, University of Victoria

    This module is for students undertaking the BSc (Hons) Psychology and the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology with an intercalary study year at University of Victoria.

  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY320 Dissertation

    This optional module provides students with the opportunity to conduct an extended literature review to discover what is currently known about an interesting, but less well known, area of psychology that is not taught as part of the psychology curriculum in Level 5 or 6. Students work independently, guided by their dissertation supervisor, to research a topic of their choice. In recent years students have written dissertations about `political psychology¿, `positive psychology¿ `why people take part in extreme sports¿, `does cannabis use cause schizophrenia¿ and many other diverse lines of enquiry.

  • PSY325 Independent Research Project - Joint Honours

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

  • PSY355 Psychopathology: Anxiety Disorders

    The module will address the cognitive model of anxiety in order to understand how anxiety, the emotion we feel every day, start causing problems. The module will also look at cognitive models and empirical studies for range of anxiety disorders including panic, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, cognitive treatment strategies for anxiety disorders are presented and demonstrated.

  • PSY358 Psychobiology of Sport and Exercise

    This module will examine psychobiological factors as they relate to exercise and sport. Questions addressed will include: Why do athletes fail to perform under pressure? Are athletes born or made? What are the long term consequences of sports related concussion? Are athletes at an increased risk of eating disorders and drug abuse? Can physical activity / exercise be used to enhance mental health? An emphasis on mental skills training (e.g. imagery / biofeedback) will be evident throughout the module.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2010 2014 Associate Professor Centre for Forensic Mental Health, Chiba University, Japan
2006 2010 Post-doctoral research fellow Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Key Grants and Projects

  • Cognitive Behavioural Model of Health Anxiety and its Relation to Healthcare Costs 2013 - 2016

    Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, $24,000

  • Reassurance Seeking Behavior in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 2013 - 2016

    Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, $13,000

External Responsibilities

  • Member, Japanese Association for Cognitive Therapy

    2003 - Present

  • Member, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

    2006 - Present

  • Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

    2014 - Present