Naoko Kishita

Dr

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Biography

Naoko is an Associate Professor in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life at the School of Health Sciences. She is a clinical psychologist by background (Waseda University, Japan) with a PhD in Psychology (Doshisha University, Japan). Naoko has more than 15 years of research and clinical experience in mental health care and has collaborated with various international colleagues in Brazil, Ireland, Japan and Spain. Her current research areas include dementia care, family carers, older people and later life mental health.

Naoko has a particular interest in using technology to deliver psychosocial interventions to improve accessibility and equality of opportunities for care.
She leads research programmes on improving mental health in family carers of people with dementia, including the iACT4CARERS programme.

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme 2019-2021 (PB-PG-0418-20001)
Online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for family carers of people with dementia: A feasibility study of a new mode of delivery (iACT4CARERS)

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme 2022-2026 (NIHR150071)
The clinical and cost effectiveness of internet-delivered self-help Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for family carers of people with dementia (iACT4CARERS): A randomised controlled trial with ethnically diverse family carers

iACT4CARERS Project website: https://iact4carers.com

Career

2020 August - Present: Associate Professor in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life: University of East Anglia

2016 - 2020: Lecturer in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life: University of East Anglia

2014 - 2016: Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Clinical Psychology: University of East Anglia

2013 - 2014: Post-Doctoral Fellowship: National University of Ireland, Galway (Funding: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

Academic Background

2013: Ph.D. in Psychology, Doshisha University, Japan

2010: M.A. in Human Science (Clinical Psychology), Waseda University, Japan (1st class)

2008: B.A. in Human Science, Waseda University, Japan

Key Research Interests

  • Dementia, family carers, older people
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapies with special interests in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapies for dementia carers
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapies for older people

External Activities

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, East of England Regional Advisory Committee 2022-2024
Editorial Board Member: Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being