Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Interventions for People with Dementia
Many research groups have been undertaking research to discover any evidence of nonpharmacological approaches for people with dementia in the world, including high quality randomized controlled trials. Compared to other developed countries, Japan has few studies, especially ones with psychosocial approaches, while studies of dementia have a long history with a rapid increase of people with dementia in our aged society.
Therefore, this research unit aims to develop psychosocial interventions for people with dementia, based on the progress of the disease, that is, from a biological perspective. Moreover, we will systemize the interventions inclusively and develop assessment tools useful to evaluate their effects. Hopefully, we would like to provide such evidence and techniques to practitioners and specialists all over the world in the near future.
Katsuo Yamanaka, PhD.
He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences, in the University of Tsukuba, Japan. His specialty is clinical geropsychology, and he is particularly interested in psychological research contributing to care settings for people with dementia.
Ichiro Okawa, PhD.
He is a Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences, in the University of Tsukuba. His specialty is geropsychology, and he is the chairperson of the Japanese Society of Behavioral Sciences for the Elderly.
Muto Takashi, PhD.
He is a Professor in the Faculty of Psychology, in Doshisha University. His specialty is clinical psychology, and he is a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. He has been studying Acceptance Commitment Therapy for many years and is dedicated to spreading the clinical technique, including publications of handbooks in Japan. Recently, he has been applying the technic to various targets.
Nanako Tamiya, PhD.
She is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, in the University of Tsukuba. Her specialty is hygiene and public health, and she is particularly interested in the quality of medical services through the method of health services research. She is also the leader preparing the Global Aging Center in the University of Tsukuba.
Yoshiyuki Kawano, PhD.
He is an Assistant Professor in Office of Diversity, in the University of Tsukuba, Japan. His specialty is clinical geropsychology, and he is particularly interested in the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers, and social enlightenment of dementia.
Dai Noguchi, PhD.
He is a Junior Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences, in the University of Tsukuba. His specialty is elderly care, and he is particularly interested in behavioral support of people with dementia.
He is an Associate Professor in the Health Department of Rehabilitation, in the University of Tokyo Health Sciences. His specialty is occupational therapy, and he is particularly interested in paradigms of dementia care, contributing to spread person-centered care in Japan.