I joined the Human Development and Psychology departments this fall. I’m originally from Japan, but I moved to Wisconsin when I was 18 and graduated from UW-Superior majoring in Psychology and Art therapy. Maybe Superior, WI was not cold enough for me (!), so I moved to Edmonton, Alberta in Canada to complete my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Social and Cultural Psychology.
Currently I am teaching Intro to Human Development and Infancy and Early Childhood courses. My research examines cross-cultural differences and similarities in cognitive development. My current project studies how children understand “nice people” and “mean people” in the U.S. and Japan.
I am happy to be back in Wisconsin! I am especially grateful that I can get my favorite snacks – the “good kind of” string cheese at any gas station.