Division and Department

Occupational Therapy

A Greeting from the Professor

Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with helping people participate in day-to-day activities that are important and meaningful to their health and well-being through engagement in valued occupations. Occupational therapists deal with occupational dysfunctions of clients of all ages. Therefore, occupational therapists are required to possess a wide range of skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation. Occupational therapy students in this department can receive a broad education, including knowledge of medicine, psychology, development, environment, and so on. Long-term fieldwork in the final school year provides a full-time supervised working experience for integration of the skills and knowledge that students have learned in class.

Occupational therapists work with all age groups and in a wide range of physical and psychosocial areas. Places of employment may include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, community mental health centers and inpatient psychiatric units, vocational rehabilitation programs, sheltered workshops, and adult day care centers.

Eligibility for the national exam for Occupational Therapists can be obtained after graduation, and students may also continue their education in graduate school.


Kazuo OHTOMNO, Takao YUASA, Yoshitsugu NIIYAMA and Takashi ISHIKAWA
Associate Professors:
Masaji KINJO
Assistant Professors:
Megumi TUGARUYA, Nachiko ISHII, Keiichi TAKAHASHI and Yuu KUME

Research Areas

The research field covers occupation therapy for physical, mental and neuropsychological disorders, and for the elderly. We are particularly concerned with research on the therapeutic use of reminiscence in the aged, communication in health care, special support education, barrier free design, assistive technology, clinical practice, models of human occupation, psychopathology of schizophrenia, and neuroscience of circannual rhythms.

Contact Information

Department of Occupational Therapy, Akita University Graduate School of Health Sciences.
1-1-1, Hondo, Akita, 010-8543, Japan,
Fax: +81-18-884-6500