Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa

Department of Psychology Faculty Profile

Akihiko Masuda

Akihiko Masuda

Associate Professor

Education

PhD, University of Nevada, Reno (2006); MA, University of the Pacific (2000); BA, West Virginia University (1997).

Research

Following the framework of contextual behavioral science, my research and writings encompass a broad range of topics, including philosophy of science, principle-based psychotherapies, Zen Buddhism, diversity, cultural humility, mental health related stigma, spectrum of disordered eating, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Clinically, I have exceptional training in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral interventions, especially ACT. My clinical experiences are broad with diverse clinical populations in a wide range of clinical settings, including university counseling center, inpatient and outpatient hospital, and residential home. Recently, I have been actively involved in therapist training, supervision, and treatment consultation. I am a peer-reviewed ACT therapist trainer recognized by the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).

Publications

Understanding self-concealment within a framework of disordered eating cognitions and body image flexibility: Conceptual and applied implications. (2018)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Latner, J. D., Barlie, J. P., & Sargent, K.

Mindfulness as a moderator of the association between eating disorder cognition and eating disorder behavior among a non-clinical sample of female college students: A role of ethnicity. (2018)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Marshall, R. D., & Latner, J. D.,

Understanding the link between self-concealment and distress in Asian American, Black American, and White American College Students: The role of psychological inflexibility. (2018)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Mendoza, H., Tully, E. C., Goodnight, B. L, & Gray, J.

Handbook of Zen, Mindfulness, and Behavioral Health. (2017) : This comprehensive handbook presents a Zen account of fundamental and important dimensions of daily living. It explores how Zen teachings inform a range of key topics across the field of behavioral health and discuss the many uses of meditation and mindfulness practice in therapeutic contexts, especially within cognitive-behavioral therapies. Chapters outline key Zen constructs of self and body, desire, and acceptance, and apply these constructs to Western frameworks of health, pathology, meaning-making, and healing. An interdisciplinary panel of experts, including a number of Zen masters who have achieved the designation of roshi, examines intellectual tensions among Zen, mindfulness, and psychotherapy, such as concepts of rationality, modes of language, and goals of well-being. The handbook also offers first-person practitioner accounts of living Zen in everyday life and using its teachings in varied practice settings.
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author
  Co-Authors: O'Donohue, W
  ISBN: 978-3-319-54593-6

Principle-based cultural adaptation of cognitive behavioral therapies: A functional and contextual perspective. (2016)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Psychological distress in sexual minorities: Examining the roles of self-concealment and psychological inflexibility (2015)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Leleux-Labarge, K, Hatton, A., & Goodnight, B. L.,

The role of psychological inflexibility and mindfulness in somatization, depression, and anxiety among Asian Americans in the United States. (2014)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Mandavia, A., & Tully, E. C.

Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency: A Contextual Approach to Sociocultural Diversity in Theory and Practice. (2014) : In recent years, mindfulness and acceptances-based therapies have gained immense popularity in the field of behavioral health. And as these therapeutic models have proliferated, their teachings and practices have been introduced to a wide range of diverse applications.Cognitive behavioral approaches often rely on a client's values as a catalyst for treatment. But because values are often culturally biased, it can be difficult to apply the same techniques to clients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. That's why multicultural competency training for mental health professionals is so important. Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency presents a contextual approach to sociocultural diversity in both theory and practice. In this book, author Akihiko Masuda examines the cultural competency and cultural adaptation of three major therapeutic models based in mindfulness and acceptance: dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Readers will learn how to translate these treatment models to other language communities, and how to tailor therapeutic approaches to address a number of cultural factors, including religion and spirituality, social stigma, and prejudice.
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author
  ISBN: 9781608827466

Mindfulness as therapy for disordered eating: A systematic review. (2013)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hill, M. L.

Examining mindfulness and psychological inflexibility within the framework of Big Five Personality (2013)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Latzman, R. D.

A stage I pilot study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for methadone detoxification. (2012)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Stotts, A. L., Green, C., Grabowski, J., Wilson, K., Northrup, T., Moeller, F. G., & Schmitz, J.

The role of mindfulness and psychological flexibility in somatization, depression, anxiety, and general psychological distress of a non-clinical college sample. (2012)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Tully, E. C.

A psychological flexibility-based intervention for modulating the impact of stigma and prejudice: A descriptive review of empirical evidence. (2012)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hill, M. L., Morgan, J., & Cohen, L. L.

Seeking cultural competence from the ground up. (2011)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hayes, S. C., & Muto, T.

The effects of cognitive defusion and thought distraction on emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts (2010)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Twohig, M. P., Stormo, A. R., Feinstein, A. B., Chou, Y., & Wendell, J. W.

The role of psychological flexibility in mental health stigma and psychological distress for the stigmatizer. (2009)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Price, M., Anderson, P. L.,Schmertz, S. K., & Calamaras, M. R.

Teaching acceptance and mindfulness to improve the lives of obese: A preliminary test of a theoretical model. (2009)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Lillis, J., Hayes, S. C., & Bunting, K.

The impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy versus education on stigma toward people with psychological disorders. (2007)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hayes, S. C., Fletcher, L. B., Seignourel, P. J., Bunting, K., Herbst, S. A., Twohig, M. P., & Lillis, J.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Model, processes and outcomes. (2006)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hayes, S. C., Luoma, J. B., Bond, F. W., & Lillis, J.

DBT, FAP, and ACT: How empirically oriented are the new behavior therapy technologies? (2004)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hayes, S. C., Bissett, R., Luoma, J., & Guerrero, L. F.

Cognitive defusion and self-relevant negative thoughts: Examining the impact of a ninety year old technique. (2004)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hayes, S. C., Sackett, C. F., & Twohig, M. P.

Prejudice, terrorism, and behavior therapy. (2002)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Hayes, S. C., Niccolls, R., & Rye, A.

Brief functional analysis and treatment of bizarre vocalizations in an adult with schizophrenia. (2001)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Wilder, D. A., O'Connor, C., & Baham, M.

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