Division of Principle of Psychological Development

Systematic study about “science of mind”, to be a specialist of psychology

psychology, life-span development, clinical and developmental psychology, adaptation support, self-development, cognitive development

In the Master’s Program students are provided specialized knowledge and techniques in psychology, enabling students to research all aspects of psychological development and to manage adaptive personal relationship. The program therefore offers a fundamental and comprehensive curriculum covering the functions, mechanisms, and development of human mind, as well as the method of understanding and providing support for individuals with developmental disabilities. Students are expected to combine clinical and practical understanding and knowledge about fundamental theories in psychology, by taking these classes both in Clinical Psychology Course and in this course. Potential careers include local officials as psychologist, government officials (for example, family court probation officer, discrimination officer), local officials in general, and workers in private corporations.

The Doctoral Program is a continuation of the courses completed during the Master’s Program (including the clinical psychology course). It is necessary for understanding of life-span development to inquiry issues in personality development or developmental psychology, and psychological problems of adaptation, mental health, mental disorder, and developmental disabilities. Students will acquire a deeper, specialized understanding of psychological development throughout life span, and undertake a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to topics that require further research to publish their own research. The program also enables students to develop educational skills in preparation to be a teaching staff at a university following the completion of their course. Potential careers that students may pursue after completing the Doctoral Program include research positions at universities and other educational establishments.


Name E-Mail/Personal Site Title Research Field/Research Interest
AKAGI Kazushige
(赤木 和重)
akagi [at] pearl.kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Psychology of Developmental Disabilities

Development on teaching behavior on children with autism spectrum disorder

(林 創)
hajimu [at] port.kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Cognitive Development, Educational Psychology

Social Cognitive Development in Children

SAITOH Seiichi
(齊藤 誠一)
ssaito [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Developmental Psychology

Pubertal Development and Psychological Adaptation

(坂本 美紀)
msakamo [at] pearl.kobe-u.ac.jp
Professor Educational Psychology, Learning Science

Knowledge building in childhood, especially, scientific thinking.

TANI Fuyuhiko
(谷 冬彦)
ftani [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Personality Psychology

Ego Identity Formation in Adolescence

TORII Miyuki
(鳥居 深雪)
kotori [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Professor Clinical Studies of Developmental Disabilities

Cognitive functions in children with developmental disabilities
Intervention for children with developmental disabilities