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Akihiko Masuda

Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2006
Associate Professor
Member, Clinical Psychology Program

amasuda@.gsu.edu
1182 Urban Life
404-413-6298

Research and Clinical Interests

I am a contextual behavioral scientist. I have a solid background in clinical behavior analysis and acceptance- and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. I am very much interested in experimental analysis of psychopathology and a functional and contextual account of well-being.

Diversity issues are also of my great interest. I have been working on research projects, investigating mental health related stigma in diversity contexts and the role of psychological flexibility in the relation between mental health stigma and psychological distress.

Clinically, I have exceptional training in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral interventions, especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My clinical experiences are broad with diverse clinical populations in a wide range of clinical settings, including university counseling center, inpatient and outpatient hospital, and residential home. Recently, I have been actively involved in therapist training, supervision, and treatment consultation.

Representative Publications

Stotts, A. L., Green, C., Masuda, A., Grabowski, J., Wilson, K., Northrup, T., Moeller, F. G., & Schmitz, J. (in press). A stage I pilot study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for methadone detoxification. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

*Wendell, J. W., & Masuda, A. & *Le, J. K. (2012). The Role of body image flexibility in the relationship between disordered eating cognitions and disordered eating symptoms among non-clinical college students. Eating Behaviors, 13, 240-245.

Masuda, A., *Hill, M. L., & Tone, E. B. (2012). The role of mindfulness and disordered eating cognitions in psychological distress among college females with elevated disordered eating. Mindfulness, 3(2),132-138.

Masuda, A., *Price, M., & Latzman, R. D. (2012). Mindfulness moderates the relationship between disordered eating cognitions and disordered eating behaviors in a non-clinical college sample. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 34, 107-115.

Masuda, A., & Tully, E. C. (2012). The role of mindfulness and psychological flexibility in somatization, depression, anxiety, and general psychological distress of a non-clinical college sample. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 17, 66-71.

Masuda, A., & Boone, M. S. (2011). Mental health stigma, self-concealment, and help-seeking attitudes among Asian American and European American college students with no help-seeking experience. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 33, 266-279.

Hayes, S. C., Muto, T., & Masuda, A. (2011). Seeking cultural competence from the ground up. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 18, 232-237.

*Feinstein, A. B., Forman, E. M., Masuda, A., Cohen, L. L., Herbert, J. D., Moorthy, L N., et al. (2011). Pain intensity, psychological inflexibility, and acceptance of pain as predictors of functioning in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: A preliminary Investigation. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 18, 291-298. 

Masuda, A., & Latzman, R. D. (2011). Examining the associations among factor-analytically derived components of mental health stigma, distress, and psychological flexibility. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 435-438.

Masuda, A., Cohen, L. L., Wicksell, R. K., Kemani, M, & Johnson, A (2011). A case study: Acceptance and commitment therapy for pediatric sickle cell disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36, 398-408.

Masuda, A., Boone, M. S., & Timko, C. A. (2011). The role of psychological flexibility in the relationship between self-concealment and disordered eating symptoms. Eating Behaviors, 12, 131-135.

Masuda, A., Anderson, P. L, *Wendell, J. W., *Price, M., *Feinstein, A. B., & *Chou, Y. (2011).   Psychological flexibility mediates the relation between self-concealment and negative psychological outcomes.  Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 243-247.

Masuda, A., *Feinstein, A. B., *Wendell, J. W., & *Sheehan, S. T. (2010). Cognitive defusion versus thought distraction: A clinical rationale, training, and experiential exercise in altering psychological impact of negative self-referential thoughts. Behavior Modification, 34, 520-538.

Masuda, A., & *Wendell, J. W. (2010). The role of mindfulness on the relations between disordered eating-related cognition and psychological distress, Eating Behaviors, 11, 293-296.

Masuda, A., *Wendell, J. W., *Chou, Y., & *Feinstein, A. B.(2010). Relationships among self-concealment, mindfulness, and negative psychological outcomes in Asian American and European American college students.  International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 31, 165-177.

Masuda, A., *Price, M., Anderson, P., & *Wendell, J. W. (2010). Disordered eating-related cognition and psychological flexibility as predictors of psychological health among college students. Behavior Modification, 34, 3-15.

Masuda, A., Twohig, M. P., *Stormo, A. R., *Feinstein, A. B., *Chou, Y., & *Wendell, J. W. (2010). The effects of cognitive defusion and thought distraction on emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 41, 11-17.

Masuda, A., Anderson, P. L., & *Sheehan, S. (2009). Mindfulness and mental health among African American college students. Complementary Health Practice Review, 14, 115-127.

Masuda, A., *Price, M., Anderson, P. L.,*Schmertz, S. K., & *Calamaras, M. R. (2009). The role of psychological flexibility in mental health stigma and psychological distress for the stigmatizer. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 1244-1262.

Masuda, A., Anderson, P. L., Twohig, M. P., *Feinstein, A. B., *Chou, Y., *Wendell, J. W., & *Stormo, A. R.(2009). Help-seeking experiences and attitudes among African American, Asian American, and European American college students, International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 31, 168-180.

Masuda, A., Hayes, S. C., Twohig, M. P., Lillis, J., Fletcher, L. B, & Gloster, A. T. (2009). Comparing Japanese international students and U.S. college students’ mental health related stigmatizing attitudes. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 37, 178-189.

Stotts, A. L., Masuda, A., & Wilson, K. (2009). Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy during methadone dose reduction: Rationale, treatment description, and a case report. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16, 205-213.

Lillis, J., Hayes, S. C., Bunting, K., & Masuda, A. (2009). Teaching acceptance and mindfulness to improve the lives of obese:  A preliminary test of a theoretical model. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 58-69.

Masuda, A., Hayes, S. C., Twohig, M. P., Drossel C., Lillis, J., & Washio, Y. (2009). A parametric study of cognitive defusion and the believability and discomfort of negative self-relevant thoughts, Behavior Modification, 33, 250-262.

Masuda, A., Hayes, S. C., Fletcher, L. B., Seignourel, P. J., Bunting, K., Herbst, S. A., Twohig, M. P., & Lillis, J. (2007). The impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy versus education on stigma toward people with psychological disorders. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 2764-2772.

Twohig, M. P., Hayes, S. C., & Masuda, A. (2006). A preliminary investigation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a treatment for chronic skin picking. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 1513-1522.

Twohig, M. P., Hayes, S. C., & Masuda, A. (2006). Increasing willingness to experience obsessions: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder. Behavior Therapy, 37, 3-13.

Hayes, S. C., Luoma, J. B., Bond, F. W., Masuda, A., & Lillis, J. (2006). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Model, processes and outcomes. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 1-25.

Masuda, A., Hayes, S. C., Sackett, C. F., & Twohig, M. P. (2004). Cognitive defusion and self-relevant negative thoughts: Examining the impact of a ninety year old technique. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42, 477-485.

Hayes, S. C., Masuda, A., Bissett, R., Luoma, J., & Guerrero, L. F. (2004). DBT, FAP, and ACT: How empirically oriented are the new behavior therapy technologies? Behavior Therapy, 35, 35-54.

Hayes, S. C., Niccolls, R., Masuda, A., & Rye, A. (2002). Prejudice, terrorism, and behavior therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 9, 296-301.

Akihiko Masuda