Clinical Medicine, Radiology and Bioimaging, Rehabilitation


Protect Mental Health and Prevent Mental Illness

  • Master / Doctoral Degree


TOMITA, HiroakiTOMITA, Hiroaki
TOMITA, Hiroaki

Professor, M.D. Ph.D.

Research Theme

  • Research on psychiatric treatment to children and their family
  • Early intervention and prevention in psychiatry
Research Keywords:

child and adolescent psychiatry, neurodevelopmental disorders, early intervention in psychiatry, preventive psychiatry, early psychosis

Technical Keywords:

psychotherapy, play therapy, neuroimaging, cognitive function, cognitive behavioral therapy

Laboratory Introduction

(1) Child and adolescent psychiatry: We have various research targets: developmental disorders, problem in school and society, child abuse, eating disorder, anxiety disorder and psychosis. We are undertaking some collaborative studies: 1) psychiatric issues in children with pediatric surgery diseases; 2) trauma and resilience after the Great East Japan Earthquake with the team in Miyagi Psychiatric Center.
(2) Early intervention in psychiatry: We are conducting researches on early intervention and prevention in psychiatry. We are now doing comprehensive clinical studies on first episode psychosis (FEP) and at-risk mental state (ARMS). We are interested in biological and psychological mechanism in the early course of psychosis and developing intervention for the population. Current main research themes are as follows: 1) longitudinal clinical follow-up study of ARMS and FEP; 2) brain structural study using MRI in ARMS and FEP; 3) feasibility study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ARMS in Japan: an open-label pilot study; 4) effect of cognitive training on cognition and brain structure in schizophrenia; 5) functional MRI study on ego disturbance of schizophrenia.

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Recent Publications

  • Sakai M, et al, Polymorphisms in the microglial marker molecule CX3CR1 affect the blood volume of the human brain.Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 72:409-422, 2018
  • Ohmuro N, et al, The relationship between?cognitive insight and cognitive performance among individuals with at-risk mental state for developing psychosis. Schizophr Res 192:281-286, 2018
  • Nakaya N, et al, Effect of tsunami drill experience on evacuation behavior after the onset of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Int J Disaster Risk Reduction 28:206-213, 2018
  • Yu Z, et al, Microglial production of TNF-alpha is a key element of sustained fear memory.Brain Behav Immun 59:313-321, 2017
  • Yoshida H, et al, Post-traumatic growth of children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and their attitudes to memorial services and media coverage.Psychiatry Clin Neurosci?70:193-201, 2016