Phone: (509) 527-5804
Office: Maxey Hall 352
Born and raised in Japan, I first moved to the US to study international relations at the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota. After graduation I returned to Japan to work in the pharmaceutical industry. Although I enjoyed my work, I felt I wanted to do something more with my life, so I took the plunge and came back to the US to become a social psychologist. I received my second B.A. in psychology at Mills College in California, and Ph.D. in social psychology at Ohio University. My research interests include the sense of self, self-protection, and well-being. I am particularly interested in how frames of mind influence the way people perceive themselves and cope with threatening information. I currently teach introductory psychology and social psychological perspectives on well-being, and advise seniors on their senior thesis.