Last Updated :2024/05/16

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor
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I am an assistant professor at Hiroshima University with special training in mental health/psychosocial support programs. My research interests encompass the measurement of self-efficacy domains and interventions related to learning behavior.

Basic Information

Educational Backgrounds

  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.), Japan, 2016, 2020
  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Education, Psychology (Master's), Japan, 2014, 2016
  • University of Oklahoma, College of International Studies, International & Area Studies (Asian Studies), United States of America, 2007, 2011
  • University of Oklahoma, Department of Biology, Zoology, United States of America, 2007, 2011

Academic Degrees

  • Hiroshima University
  • Hiroshima University

Research Keywords

  • psychometrics, learner beliefs, self-regulation, interoceptive sensibility, self-efficacy in intercultural communication, relaxation, experiential learning

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2024, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, CommunicationIA
  2. 2024, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 3Term, Communication IIA
  3. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 1Term, Research Tutorial IIB
  4. 2024, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
  5. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 1Term, English Communication I
  6. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, English Communication Practice II
  7. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Study on English Language Education I
  8. 2024, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Study on English Language Education II
  9. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Graduation Thesis
  10. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 2Term, International Perspectives in Positive Education
  11. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Humanities and Social Sciences and Society(English Class) Students enrolled before AY 2023
  12. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 3Term, Humanities and Social Sciences and Society(English Class) Students enrolling in AY 2024 or later
  13. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Special Study in English Language Education A
  14. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Special Study in English Language Education A
  15. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Basic Study in Academic Ability and Competency Design
  16. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 4Term, Advanced Study in Academic Ability and Competency Design

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. Get the Picture: Learning Referents in a Single-Day Context, Word, 70(1), 22-43, 20240311
  2. Trust in government moderates the association between fear of COVID-19 as well as empathic concern and preventive behaviour, Communications Psychology, 1(43), 20231215
  3. Dispositional Associations Between Interoceptive Attention Tendencies and Effortful Control: Cross-sectional Findings from an Online National Survey of Japanese Working Adults, JAPANESE PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 65(4), 310-323, 202310
  4. Self-Active Relaxation Therapy (SART) and Self-Regulation: A Comprehensive Review and Comparison of the Japanese Body Movement Approach., Frontiers in human neuroscience, 12, 2018
  5. Editorial: Meditative movement for mental and physical health., Frontiers in psychology, 14, 2023
  6. Trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress, and identity content valences among Japanese adolescents, Journal of Adolescence, 1-15, 20230323
  7. Disambiguating the relationship between processing modes and mindfulness in Japan, Cogent Psychology, 10(1), 20231231
  8. ★, Modeling personality antecedents and L2 self-efficacy constructs with emerging adults in Japan: domain-specific matching for assessing global competence in applied contexts, Frontiers in Psychology, 7816, 1-18, 20221215
  9. Experimental manipulation of guided attention to the shoulder movement task in Clinical Dohsa-hou induces shifts in the reactive mode and indicates flexible cognitive control performance, Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 1-16, 20220406
  10. Social engagement forums to strengthen intercultural ties: piloting community outreach workshops for needs assessment of educational support services among ethnic minorities in Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan, Hiroshima Daigaku Kyouikugakubu Kyodokenkyuu Project Hokokusho, 20, 33-42, 20220318
  11. Reading Instruction in the EFL Classroom: Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant as an Authentic Text for Senior High School Learners in Japan, Hiroshima Journal of School Education, 28, 31-36, 20220318
  12. ★, Positive youth development and environmental concerns among youth and emerging adults in Ghana, Handbook of Positive Youth Development, 81-94, 20211023
  13. Book review: Roma Minority Youth across Cultural Contexts: Taking a Positive Approach to Research, Policy and Practice, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 7(4), 601-603, 20211001
  14. ★, Connection in Youth Development Key to the Mental Health Continuum in Ghana: A Structural Equation Model of Thriving and Flourishing Indicators, Frontiers in Psychology, 4830, 20211021
  15. Spontaneous facial expressions are different from posed facial expressions: morphological properties and dynamic sequences, Current Psychology, 35(129), 1-13, 2017
  16. A review of the long-term psychological effects of radiation exposure in the cases of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Hiroshima Psychological Research, 16, 49-68, 2017
  17. Spontaneous facial actions map onto emotional experiences in a non-social context: toward a component-based approach, Frontiers in Psychology: Emotion Science, 8(633), 2017
  18. Dynamic displays enhance the ability to discriminate genuine and posed facial expressions of emotion, Frontiers in Psychology: Emotion Science, 9(672), 2018
  19. Promoting self-regulatory management of chronic pain through Dohsa-hou: single case series of low-functioning hemodialysis patients, Frontiers in Psychology: Psychology for Clinical Settings, 10(1394), 2019
  20. Interoceptive attention tendencies predict trait anxiety in undergraduate students and hospital nurses participating in stress management programs, Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University, Part III, 68, 111-120, 2019
  21. Referencing the body for mood state regulation: an examination of stress management using Dohsa-hou as a primary prevention program for nurses, Environmental and Occupational Health Practice, 1(2), 1-6, 2019
  22. Convergent associations between interoceptive attention tendencies and the experience of embodied self-awareness and feeling states related to self-active relaxation tasks, The Japanese Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology, 45(1), 57-68, 2019
  23. Exploring the assumption of congruent mimicry in emotional contagion by leveraging experienced emotions as facial stimuli, In F. L. Osório and M. F. Donadon (Eds.), Facial Expression: Recognition Technologies and Analysis, 137-168, 2019
  24. ★, Interacting with competence: a validation study of the Self-Efficacy in Intercultural Communication Scale-Short Form, Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 11(2086)
  25. Survey and comparison of psychological factors between descendants and non-descendants of survivors of the atomic bomb: Generational differences in mental health indicators, Journal of Psychiatric Research, 136, 398-401, 202104
  26. Fantasy Component of Interpersonal Reactivity is Associated with Empathic Accuracy: Findings from Behavioral Experiments with Implications for Applied Settings, Reading Psychology, 1-9, 20210824
  27. The Coronavirus Anxiety Scale: Cross-national measurement invariance and convergent validity evidence., Psychological assessment, 2023

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Positive identity in Japan: structural equation modeling of youth strengths and dimensions of identity development with merging and established adults, Shogo Hihara, Nora Wiium, IPPA World Congress on Positive Psychology, 2023/07/21, Without Invitation, English, International Positive Psychology Association, Vancouver Convention Centre
  2. Communicating advances in public mental health monitoring through an open review of social dynamics in Japan​, The Importance of Communicating Scientific Facts: Addressing Radiation Concerns in Societies-The Role of Science, Technology, and Society, 2022/11/03, With Invitation, English, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mol, Belgium (Hybrid)
  3. Evaluating courses in intercultural education at a Japanese university: quasi-experimental comparisons with cultural intelligence assessment tools, IDentities: Cultural Diversity and Integration, 2022/10/21, Without Invitation, English, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania
  4. Building Self-efficacy in Intercultural Communication in Japan: Transferable Skills for Teacher Education and Professional Development, Hiroshima JET Program ALT Orientation, 2022/09/27, With Invitation, English, Hiroshima City International House
  5. Metafor or metaSEM? An Unconference Agenda about Analytical Plan Choices and Applications, Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) 2022 Meeting, 2022/06/28, Without Invitation, English, Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS), Victoria, B.C., Canada (Hybrid Conference)
  6. Structural equation modeling of personality antecedents and self-efficacy in intercultural communication with university students in Japan, Gahl Liberzon, Aaron Sponseller, Psychology of Language Learning Conference 2022, 2022/06/24, Without Invitation, English, International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Hybrid Conference, Concurrent)
  7. Engaging with the UNESCO report on the Futures of Education: calls to improve framing with local definitions for the next sociotechnical imaginary, Futures of Education Workshop, Educational Policy Studies (EPS) Conference, 2022/03/25, With Invitation, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States, Virtual
  8. Promoting adaptive behavior in guided communication efforts: a research synthesis of key factors from observational studies in public mental health, IAEA Technical Meeting on Radiation in Medicine Communications and Technologies: International Perspectives and the Role of Science, Technology and Society in Low-Dose Radiation Settings, 2021/11/09, With Invitation, English
  9. Concurrent US-Japan findings on interoceptive attention tendencies and perceived health competence, Without Invitation, English, International Congress of Psychology 2020+, Prague, Czech Republic
  10. School Education in the Post COVID-19 Pandemic Era (6): Current Perspectives on Teacher Education and Educational Research Across Countries, "Workarounds Worldwide: Brief Reports on the Institute of Education (IOE) Seminars Examining the Effects of Covid-19 on Teacher Education", Brett Raymond Walter, School Education in the Post COVID-19 Pandemic Era (6): Current Perspectives on Teacher Education and Educational Research Across Countries, With Invitation, English, Educational Vision Research Institute
  11. Looking back, looking in: moral motivators and prosocial civics in case studies of the health consequences of CBRN disasters in Japan, The International Atomic Energy Agency's 3rd Technical Meeting on Science, Technology, and Society Perspectives on Nuclear Science, Radiation and Human Health: The View from Asia, 2016, With Invitation, National University of Singapore
  12. Item response analysis of the Japanese adaptation of the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness, Kabir RS, Namba S, Haramaki Y, The 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology, 2019, Without Invitation, International Positive Psychology Association, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Promoting Effective Intercultural Communicative Competence for Japanese University Students in Cross-Cultural Negotiating Settings, 2022/04/01, 2025/03/31
  2. Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Exploratory), Examination of the mechanism of stress management effects using peripheral biological responses
  3. Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Investigating the intercultural development of Japanese undergraduates attributable to study tours abroad
  4. Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists, Development and Evaluation of a Foreign Language Anxiety Management Program for Self-Efficacy in Intercultural Communication: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Educational Intervention

Social Activities

History as Peer Reviews of Academic Papers

  1. 2023, Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, Editor, Guest Associate Editor, 1
  2. 2022, Frontiers in Psychology, Editor, Guest Associate Editor, 2
  3. 2023, Emerging Adulthood, Reviewer, 1
  4. 2023, International Journal of Psychology, Reviewer, 1
  5. 2023, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Reviewer, 1
  6. 2021, Journal of International Students, 1
  7. 2021, Frontiers in Psychology, Reviewer, 3
  8. 2020, Psychological Assessment, Reviewer, 1
  9. 2020, Personality and Individual Differences, Reviewer, 1
  10. 2020, Japan Society for Research on Emotions, Reviewer, 1
  11. 2020, Heliyon, Reviewer, 1
  12. 2020, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Reviewer, 1