Yamanaka Lab | University of Tsukuba

We hope that our studies will contribute to elderly care and aging society.
  • Japanese
  • English


Katsuo Yamanaka (Ph.D) is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences, in the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He is a clinical psychologist and his major is clinical geropsychology (generally speaking, psychology for the elderly). He is particularly interested in nonpharmacological interventions, including psychosocial approaches for people with dementia, and the development of assessments to examine the effects of the approaches. He teaches doctoral students in Kansei, Behavioral & Brain Sciences (http://www.kansei.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/) in the University of Tsukuba.

His self-introduction is as follows

Hello Everyone,
I’m Katsuo Yamanaka. I have been mainly studying psychosocial approaches for people with dementia, and the development of assessments to examine their effects, for a long time. It is important for us to bridge evidence with practices. I welcome students and researchers interested in the following academic themes which are being studied in my laboratory:

  • Psychosocial approaches for people with dementia
    ・Structured group activities for people with dementia, such as cognitive stimulation and reminiscence therapy.
    ・Individual interventions to challenging behaviors in people with dementia, such as applied behavioral analysis and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Assessments to understand everyday conditions of cognitions, mood, and behaviors of people with dementia, with which we study the effects of interventions.
  • People’s image of aging and dementia, and the enlightenment of the correct knowledge about them

Academic Papers

Yamanaka,K., Todo, N., Yoshizawa, M., Uchida T. (2020). Cross-sectional survey of the replacement of the Japanese term for dementia: Did it reduce discomfort in family members? Brain and Behavior, 11(3):e02012. doi: 10.1002/brb3.2012.

Niikawa,H., Kawano,Y., Yamanaka,K., Okamura, T., Inagaki, H., Ito, K., Awata, S. (2019) Reliability and validity of the Japanese version of a self-report (DEMQOL) and carer-proxy (DEMQOL-PROXY) measure of health-related quality of life in people with dementia? Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 19(6):487-491. doi: 10.1111/ggi.13646

Amano, T., Yamanaka, K., & Carpenter, B. D. (2019). Reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale. Dementia 2019, Vol.18(2) 599-612 doi: 10.1177/1471301216685943

Yamanaka,K., Ueda,Y., & Chihiro Matsuda: CST (2017). International perspective; Japan (Chapter 11).Yates, L., A., Yates, J., Orrell, M., Spector, A., Woods, B., Eds.: Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for Dementia: History, Evolution and Internationalism (Aging and Mental Health Research). Routledge, 220-232.

Warren, N. J., Kamimura,A., Trinh, H. N., Stephens, E., Omi, K., Kanaoka, A., Ishikawa, A., & Yamanaka, K. (2015). Perceptions of aging and disability among college students in Japan. Journal of Education and Practice, 6(33), 52-60.

Yamanaka, K., Kawano, Y., Noguchi, D., Nakaaki, S., Watanabe, N., Amano, T., & Spector, A. (2013). Effects of cognitive stimulation therapy Japanese version (CST-J) for people with dementia: a single-blind, controlled clinical trial. Aging & Mental Health, 17(5), 579–586. doi:10.1080/13607863.2013.777395

Noguchi, D., Kawano, Y., & Yamanaka, K. (2013). Care staff training in residential homes for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia based on differential reinforcement procedures of applied behaviour analysis: a process research. Psychogeriatrics, 13(2), 108–117. doi:10.1111/psyg.12006