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Hiroshima University
Dr. of Philosophy, Ph.D.(Hiroshima University), Master of Art(Hiroshima University)
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Okamoto, Yuko, Ph.D. Professor, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University.
Resaerch Field: Developmental and Clinical Psychology in Adulthood.
Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs Center, USA.

Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2013
Director of Training and Research Center for Clinical Psychology, Director of Training and Research Center for Clinical Psychology
Apr 2004
Professor, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
Oct 1991
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Hiroshima University


Apr 1980
Mar 1983
Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
Apr 1978
Mar 1980
Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
Apr 1973
Mar 1978
Faculty of Education, Hiroshima University

Awards & Honors

Aug 2012
The lifelong development of identity annd psychotherapy on the basis of developmental crises, Erikson Scholar

Published Papers

Insights on the process leading to sexual orientation disclosure in adolescent males identifying as homosexual and bisexual in Japan
Takafuji, shinsaku; Okamoto, Yuko
Journal of Japanese clinical psychology   35(3) 297-303   Aug 2017   [Refereed]
Examination of elementary and junior high school teacher's psychological experiences which parents occupation elicit: The factors that cause differences in children's cognition towards mothers and mothers' occupation.
Uchida, S. Okamoto, Y.
Bulletin of Training and Research Center for Clinical Psychology   15 41-55   Mar 2017
Relatively mild stressors and dissociative experiences: Effect of positive interpersonal cognition.
24(1) 91-93   Jul 2015   [Refereed]
The Japanese Journal of Adolescent Psychology   25(1) 13-27   Aug 2013   [Refereed]
Individuality Based Identity Scale (IBIS) and Relatedness Based Identity Scale (RBIS) were developed. In Study 1, adults and adolescents (N = 521) responded to items based on definitions following Josselson (1992, 1994), Okamoto (1997, 2007), and ...
The lifelong development of identity and psychotherapy o the basis of developmental crises
Hiroshima Psychological Research   11 117-136   Mar 2012   [Invited]
Personality Development after Bereavement: Based on Interview Investigation of those Bereaved due to Cancer
Qualitative Research in Psychology   5 99-120   Mar 2006   [Refereed]
Analysis of the development of relatedness: Constructed through relationships with significant others.
The Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology   53(3) 331-343   Sep 2005   [Refereed]
The Japanese Journal of Adolescent Psychology   (17) 27-42   Feb 2006
The purposes of this study were to develop a separated-identity scale (SIS) and a related-identity scale (RIS), and to examine the concepts of the separated-identity and the related-identity in adolescents. Study I (Items were chosen based on the ...
The relationship between the factors of past meal scenes and parent-child psychological connection of university students.
Journal of Home Economics of Japan   57(2) 71-79   Feb 2006   [Refereed]
Watanabe Terumi;Okamoto Yuko
The Japanese journal of developmental psychology   16(3) 247-256   Dec 2005
This investigation focused on personality development following bereavement and identified variables that were associated with positive change. Bereaved persons (N=424) and non-bereaved persons (N=40) answered a questionnaire concerning personalit...
The relationships among family identity development and contact with family in adolescence
Japanese Journal of Family Psychology   19(1) 13-29   May 2005   [Refereed]
Psychological features of children in family pictures depicting a meal scene
Japanese Journal of Family Psychology   19(2) 77-90   Nov 2005   [Refereed]
Reviews of Research Trends in Educational Psychology in Japan During the Past Year: Development in Adulthood and Elderly
The Annual Report of Educational Psychology in Japan   43 58-67   Mar 2004   [Refereed]
The relationship among enervation,identity development, and family functioning in university students.
The Japanese Journal of Adolescent Psychology   17 1-13   Feb 2006   [Refereed]
A review and some considerations on studies in eating disorders
54 319-327   Mar 2006
Consideration of processes of inner experiences through continuing work on collage
Journal of Japanese Clinical Psychology   24(5) 548-558   Dec 2006   [Refereed]
Self-acceptance of contemporary adolescence: From the aspect of sense of self-acceptance besed on self and on others.
55 339-348   Mar 2007

Books etc

The Perspective on Generativity Research :From Identity to Generativity
Oct 2018   ISBN:ISBN978-4-7795-1308-4
The footsteps of a clinical psychologist living at boundary: An oral legacy by Mikihachiro Tatara
Yuko Okamoto, Tatara Mikihachiro, Yamamoto tsutomu (Part:Joint Work)
Sep 2016   ISBN:978-4-7795-1093-9
Lifespan Developmental Psychology of Married Couple.
Yuko Okamoto, Hiroshi Utsunomiya, Tetsuji Kamiya. (Part:Joint Work)
May 2016   ISBN:ISBN978-4-571-23055-4
Achievement and Succession of Professional Identity: Ripening in Middle Age.
Aug 2014   ISBN:9784779508622
Handbook of developmental and clinical psychology in adulthood
Apr 2010   
Psychology: A student's handbook
Nov 2008   

Conference Activities & Talks

Borderline Personality Disorder and treatment resistance: Rediscovering the bio-psycho-social model [Invited]
Eric M. Plakun
The 31st International Congress of Psychology   28 Jul 2016   
Achievement and succession of professional identity: The cases of ceramic artist and psychotherapist. [Invited]
Yuko Okamoto
Erikson Scholar Seminar in Austen Riggs Center   17 Sep 2012   Austen Riggs Center
Psychodynamic understanding and psychotherapy of middle age crisis: The meaning of re-writing and re-creating the life stories. [Invited]
Yuko Okamoto
Erikson Scholar Seminar in Austen Riggs Center   11 Sep 2012   Austen Riggs Center
Identity crises and development in middle age. [Invited]
Yuko Okamoto
Erikson Scholar Seminar in Austen Riggs Center   3 Sep 2012   Austen Riggs Center

Research Grants & Projects

Project Year: 2013 - 2016
Generativity on Professional Identity
Project Year: 2012   
Project Year: 2009 - 2012    Investigator(s): OKAMOTO, Yuko
The psychological characteristics and the achievement and succession process of professional identity of psychotherapists and ceramic artists were analyzed by individual semi-structured interviews. The psycho-social tasks in Epigenetic Scheme by E...
Project Year: 2008 - 2012    Investigator(s): YAMADA, Yoko
The polyphonic narrative fieldworks were conducted at the main universities in Vienna,London, Hanoi, and Chicago, by qualitative methods and narrative approach. We organizedthe multicultural and cross-disciplinary projects collaborated with psycho...
Project Year: 2006 - 2008    Investigator(s): OKAMOTO, Yuko
Project Year: 2003 - 2005    Investigator(s): OKAMOTO, Yuko
<Study I>
The psychological meaning of care and caring for adult development was discussed, and "The Cyclic Developmental Model of Identity and Care in Adulthood" was introduced.
<Study II>
A Separated-Identity Scale (consisted of 12 items) and A ...
Project Year: 1999 - 2001    Investigator(s): OKAMOTO, Yuko
The purpose of this study was to analyze the process of identity development in adult women from the view points of self-independence and caring for others. Semi-structured interview was carried out to 20 women aged 40's and 50's.
Main results wer...
Project Year: 1997 - 1999    Investigator(s): WATANABE, Kazuhiko
The International research project between Japan and China for 3 years, the following points are reported by four research groups :
1) The Japanese men do more exercise and sport than women. The Japanese women do exercise and sport more but a litt...
Project Year: 1995 - 1997    Investigator(s): OKAMOTO, Yuko
The present study was designed to investigate women's identity crisis and development by care-giving empirically.
1. A Study on Women's Identity Crisis and Development in Child-rearing Stage
Ananyzin Ss's identity status from the view points of ac...
Project Year: 1993 - 1995    Investigator(s): TATARA, Mikihachiro
This is a three year research project on Identity Reorganization in Life Cyclw base on E.H.Erikson's idea of life cycle and identity crisis. In the first year, we surveyed literatures of the research on Identity. This survey has published in book ...