Biography

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Behavioral Science, Hokkaido University, Japan. Member of Dr. Masaki Yuki’s Culture, Social Ecology, and Psychology Lab.

My research sits at the crossroads of cross-cultural psychology (more specifically, a socio-ecological approach to human behavior) and “cyber-behavior.” Specifically, I conduct multi-country studies exploring predictors of self-expression on social network sites. My aim is to uncover culture-specific challenges and opportunities relating to social capital generation online.

I happen to hold the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard. The clip above (in Japanese) explores how that led to pursuing a career in the field of cyber-psychology.

    Positions

    • present2013

      JSPS Research Fellow

      Hokkaido University, Japan

    • present2013

      Lecturer (media effects)

      Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan

    • 20132012

      Research Assistant

      Hokkaido University, Japan

    Education

    • PhD current

      Behavioral Science

      Hokkaido University

    • M.A. 2011

      Media and Communication

      Hokkaido University

    • B.A. (hons. 1st class) 2003

      Japanese

      Canterbury University, New Zealand

      Honors, Awards, Grants

      • 2013-2016
        JSPS PhD Research Fellowship
        Three year contestable fellowship for doctoral candidates, awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Fellowship of JPY2,400,000 (US$25,000) per year.
      • 2014
        JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
        Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
      • 2013
        JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
        Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
      • 2013
        Distinguished Paper Award
        Awarded at the 2013 International Conference on Internet Studies (NETs2013), Hong Kong, China.
      • 2010-2013
        Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
        Sum awarded: JPY2,308,000/year
      • 2012
        Asia:NZ Foundation Travel Grant
        Sum awarded: NZ$2,000
      • 2012
        IMCTS Young Researcher’s Development Fund
        Sum awarded: JPY56,000

      Affiliations

      • International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
      • Japan Society for Social Psychology (JSSP)
      • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
      • Asia:NZ Foundation Leaders Network

      Certifications

      • Level 1 2004

        Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

        See my 2013 Masters Thesis (written in Japanese) for a more recent indication of my Japanese proficiency.