Human Sciences

Until the end of the 2020 school year, the Department of Human Sciences will have two specializations in the environment, art, thought, and psychoclinical practice, aiming to cultivate human resources who can explore the minds of modern people from a wide range of perspectives and at the same time engage in practical activities from the viewpoints of the environment, art, thought, and psychology.

The clinical psychologist training course will be closed after students who entered in 2018 graduate from it. We will then launch a new curriculum starting in the 2021 school year, in which the two specialized disciplines will be integrated. This new curriculum will better enable the student to engage in interdisciplinary research on philosophy, art theory and psychology.

In addition, we frequently participate in research projects and workshops held by the Konan Institute of Human Sciences in order to to deepen the interdisciplinary nature of our research.


Name Title Research areas Research conten
IKEGAMI, Tomoko Professor Psychology Research on person perception based on the information processing models, with the aim of explicating how people understand other’s mind. Research on the issues of discrimination, prejudice, disparity and inequality, based on the theories of social identity and system justification, from the perspective that processes within an individual and societal structure correlate with each other.
OSAWA Kaori Professor Clinical psychology, Health psychology Clinical and health psychological research for traumatic stress: effectiveness of psychoeducation about recollection of traumatic memories as a preventive intervention of trauma-related illness, development of cognitive and behavior therapies for trauma-related stress disorder such as PTSD
ONISHI Ayako Professor Psychology Major research interests include school bullying (relational aggression, physical aggression), peer relationships, school adjustment and evidence-based practice in school-based interventions.
KAWATA, Tokiko Professor modern art criticism Historical studies on the modern art criticism supported by some aesthetics or other philosophies. For example, Clement Greenberg and Kantian aesthetics, Harold Rosenberg and Sartre's existentialism, and so on.
KITAGAWA, Megumi Professor Psychology Research on personality development based on early relationships with caregivers; Attachment theory and its assessment; Practice and research on early relationship intervention based on attachment theory.
TOGASHI, Koichi Professor Psychoanalysis, Clinical Psychology 1. Clinical case studies on theory and techniques of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, with particular emphasis on the emergence of intersubjective/relational understanding and questions of ethical responsibility of clinicians.
2. Qualitative research on societal and historical trauma, such as natural disasters and war trauma, including a focus on the intergenerational transmission of memory and the process of integration of traumatized experiences.
NISHI, Kinya Professor Intellectual history, theory of art and literature Critical analysis of the historical process in which European thought has shaped the logic of modern non-European aesthetics and especially the “structure of feeling” in contemporary Japan.
NISHIO,Chihiro Lecturer Psychology Research from an ecological perspective focusing on the development of children’s movement, play and expression. Specifically, research on the process of skill acquisition and the resulting changes in cognition and social behavior. Mainly based on fieldwork at homes and other childcare settings. Research interests also include art activities in childcare and educational settings.
NOZAKI, Yuki Associate Professor Psychology Psychological studies on individual differences and cognitive mechanisms of emotion regulation in interpersonal situations such as emotional intelligence; Theoretical modeling of extrinsic emotion regulation (i.e., regulation of another person’s emotions)
HATTORI, Tadashi Professor Art History, Art Theory and Museum Studies Critical analysis of visual arts in contemporary society, especially of art by the people with disabilities, outsider art, and art with its contact zone.
FUKUI, Yoshikazu Professor Clinical Psychology
Personality Psychology
Health Psychology
Effects of body-oriented and resource-oriented approach for complex trauma or dissociative disorders.
Effects of childhood abuse, attachment and dissociation on trauma-related symptoms
YOSHIKAWA, Takashi Professor Philosophy Phenomenological philosophy (especially, moral philosophy and aesthetics) and applied philosophy based on the phenomenological method