Kanako Taku, Ph.D. - Oakland University

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Kanako Taku, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor 
Office: 123 Pryale Hall 
Phone: 248-370-2309 
Fax: 248-370-4612 
E-mail: taku@oakland.edu 
Personal Web Page: http://kanakotaku.wordpress.com/ 

Major Field 
Clinical, Trauma, Cross-Cultural, and Social/Personality Psychology

Certified Clinical Psychologist (#8235) by Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologist 

Degrees 
Ph.D., Psychology (Department of Clinical Study for Development), Nagoya University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Japan, 2005 
Master of Education, Chiba University, Graduate School of Education, Japan, 1998 
Bachelor of Education, Kobe University, Japan, 1996 

Undergraduate Courses
PSY245 Introduction to Individual Differences and Personality Psychology
PSY251 Statistics and Research Design
PSY445 Seminar in Individual Differences and Personality Psychology
PSY461 Advanced Statistics in Psychology

Graduate Course
PSY655 Personality, Individual Differences, and Intelligence

Research Interests 
My line of research has centered on the construct of posttraumatic growth (PTG), personal growth experienced as a result of the struggle with major life crises or traumatic events. My research has included the areas of clinical, trauma, developmental, personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology. 

Most Recent Publications 

Taku, K., Cann, A., Tedeschi, R. G., & Calhoun, L. G. (in press). Psycho-educational intervention program about posttraumatic growth for Japanese high school students. Journal of Loss and Trauma.

McDiarmid, L., & Taku, K. (in press). Family valued and personally important posttraumatic growth in American and Japanese adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Eckleberry-Hunt, J., Kirkpatrick, H., Taku, K., Hunt, R., & Vasappa, R. (2016). Relationship between physicians' work lives and happiness. Southern Medical Journal, 109, 207-212.

Anderson, D., Prioleau, P., Taku, K., Naruse, Y., Sekine, H., Maeda, M., Yabe, H., Katz, C., & Yanagisawa, R. (2016). Post-traumatic stress and growth among medical student volunteers after the March 2011 Disaster in Fukushima, Japan: Implications for student involvement with future disasters. Psychiatric Quarterly, 87, 241-251. doi:10.1007/s11126-015-9381-3

Matsui, T., & Taku, K. (2016). A review of posttraumatic growth and help-seeking behavior in cancer survivors: Effects of distal and proximate culture. Japanese Psychological Research, 58, 142-162.

Taku, K., Cann, A., Tedeschi, R. G., & Calhoun, L. G. (2015). Core beliefs shaken by an earthquake correlate with posttraumatic growth. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 7, 563-569.

Taku, K., & McDiarmid, L. (2015). Personally important posttraumatic growth in adolescents: The effect on self-esteem beyond commonly defined posttraumatic growth. Journal of Adolescence 44, 224-231. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.08.001

Hayashi, M., Ichii, M., Taku, K., & Tominaga, Y. (2015). The role of event-related rumination, self-disclosure, perceived reactions of listeners in post-traumatic stress reactions and posttraumatic growth (Written in Japanese with English abstract). Japanese Journal of Traumatic Stress, 13, 51-59.

Taku, K., & Oshio, A. (2015). An item-level analysis of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory: Relationships with an examination of core beliefs and deliberate rumination. Personality and Individual Differences, 86, 156-160.

Taku, K., Tedeschi, R. G., & Cann, A. (2015). Relationships of posttraumatic growth and stress responses in bereaved young adults. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 20, 56-71.

Taku, K. (2014). Relationships among perceived psychological growth, resilience and burnout in physicians. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 120-123.

Taku, K., & Cann, A. (2014). Cross-national and religious relationships with posttraumatic growth: The role of individual differences and perceptions of the triggering event. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(4), 601-617.

Taku, K. (2013). Posttraumatic growth in American and Japanese men: Comparing levels of growth and perceptions of indicators of growth. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 14, 423-432.

Taku, K., Kilmer, R.P., Cann, A., Tedeschi, R.G., & Calhoun, L.G. (2012). Exploring posttraumatic growth in Japanese youth. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4(4), 411-419.

Taku, K. (2011). Commonly-defined and individually-defined posttraumatic growth in the US and Japan. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 188-193.

Cann, A., Stilwell, K., & Taku, K. (2010). Humor styles, positive personality and health. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 3, 213-235. 

Taku, K., (2010).Posttraumatic growth in cancer survivors. Clinical Oncology (Tokyo), 5, 211-217. 

Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G., Tedeschi, R. G., Taku, K., Vishnevsky, T. (2010). A short form of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 23, 127-137. 

Taku, K., Tedeschi, R. G., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2009). The culture of disclosure: Effects of perceived reactions to disclosure on posttraumatic growth and distress in Japan. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 1226-1243. 

Kilmer, R. P., Gil-Rivas, V., Tedeschi, R. G., Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G., Buchanan, T., & Taku, K. (2009). Use of the revised Posttraumatic Growth Inventory for Children (PTGI-C-R). Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22, 248-253. 

Taku, K., Cann, A., Tedeschi, R. G., & Calhoun, L. G. (2009). Intrusive versus deliberate rumination in posttraumatic growth across U.S. and Japanese samples. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 22, 129-136. 

Taku, K., Calhoun, L. G., Cann, A., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2008). The role of rumination in the coexistence of distress and posttraumatic growth among bereaved Japanese university students. Death Studies, 32, 428-444. 

Taku, K., Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2008). The factor structure of the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory: A comparison of five models using confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21, 158-164. 

Taku, K., Calhoun, L. G., Tedeschi, R. G., Gil-Rivas, V., Kilmer, R. P., & Cann, A. (2007). Examining posttraumatic growth among Japanese university students. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 20, 353-367. 

Book and Book Chapters

Prioleau, P., Pham, T., Anderson, D., Yanagisawa, R., Taku, K., Lobel, M., & Katz, C. (2016). 3/11 and 9/11: A multifaceted investigation of a survivor exchange program. In J. Shigemura, & R. K. Chhem (Eds.), Mental health and social issues following a nuclear accident: The case of Fukushima (pp.83-97). Springer.

Oshio, A., & Taku, K. (2015). Workbook for senior research project in psychology: 10 stages from getting ideas to completing the thesis paper [written in Japanese]. Kaneko Shobo, Tokyo, Japan.

Taku, K. (2014). When people grow from sorrow: PTG. Kazama Shobo.

Taku, K., & Shimizu, K. (2013). Shinteki-gaishogo seicho handbook: Taegatai taiken wa hitono kokoroni dou sayousuruka [Japanese translation of Posttraumatic Growth Handbook. L. G. Calhoun & R. G. Tedeschi. (Eds.), 2006, Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth: Research and Practice. Mahwah, NJ. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates)], Igaku Shoin, Tokyo.

Taku, K. (2012). PTG research in the U.S.: From the cross-cultural perspectives (written in Japanese). In T. Kondo (Ed.), PTG Shinteki gaishogo seicho: Beyond trauma. (pp.170-182). Kaneko Shobo, Tokyo, Japan.

Taku, K., (2010). Research on posttraumatic growth: Psychological changes as a result of the stressful experiences among Japanese adolescents. Kazama Shobo. 

Taku, K., (2010). Posttraumatic growth in Japan: A path toward better understanding of culture-constant and culture-specific aspects. In R. Berger., & T.Weiss (Eds.), Posttraumatic growth and culturally competent practice: Lessons learned from around the globe. (pp. 146-163). Wiley, John & Sons 

Recent Presentations

Dominick, W. S., & Taku, K. (2016, November). Individual images of personal growth and posttraumatic growth in American youth. Poster session to be presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Dallas, TX.

McDiarmid, L., Britton, M., & Taku, K. (2016, November). When does time heal? Perceived stressfulness as a moderator of time and posttraumatic growth. Poster session to be presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Dallas, TX.

Taku, K. (2016, November). Core belief disruption and posttraumatic growth following the Great East Japan earthquake. Symposium paper to be presented in R. G. Tedeschi (Chair), Core belief disruptions contributing to posttraumatic growth in Japan, Australia, and Puerto Rico, at the 32nd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Dallas, TX.

Eckleberry-Hunt, J., Kirkpatrick, H., Taku, K., Hunt, R., & Vasappa, R. (2016, September). Physician wellness and happiness in the workplace. Oral presentation will be made at the 2016 International Conference on Physical Health (ICPH), Boston, MA.

Taku, K. (2016, July). PTG and resilience in Hong Kong, Turkey, Japan, and the US: Toward culturally-sensitive research. Symposium organized and paper presented for the 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP), Yokohama, Japan.

Iimura, S., & Taku, K. (2016, July). Assessing the current sense of personal growth among Japanese middle school children. Poster session [rapid communication] presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP), Yokohama, Japan.

Kamijo, N., Taku, K., & Yukawa, S. (2016, July). Gender differences in the role of intrusive and deliberate ruminations on posttraumatic growth after 3.11. Poster session presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP), Yokohama, Japan.

Matsui, T., & Taku, K. (2016, July). Association between posttraumatic growth and personality among cancer patients in Japan. Poster session presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP). Yokohama, Japan.


TA or RA Positions
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