Division of Occupational Therapy

Research Themes in Occupational Therapy
1. Research themes in basic and clinical occupational therapy
Some of the research themes in basic occupational therapy include pathological investigation of the muscular tissue and rehabilitation, application of methods of neurophysiology in rehabilitation, physiology in motion and activities, and development of new welfare equipment. 
Some of the research themes in clinical occupational therapy include assessment of and therapy/training for those with eating disorders, disabilities in daily activities due to psychological disorders, international psychology, psychological and palliative care for traumatic stress (for disaster and radiation event victims), rehabilitation for those with psychological disorders, and assistance for children and youths with developmental disorders.
2. Research themes for graduation thesis
Some of the research themes students chose for their graduation thesis in 2011 include: “Manic depression symptoms among university students and blood volume change of the cerebral cortex”, “Botulinum toxin type A in the treatment and rehabilitation for upper limb contracture resulting from cerebral vascular disturbance”, “ Effectiveness of “blowouts” as an assessment tool for respiratory functions”, “Baseline survey for establishing a support system for children by nursery teachers ”,”Effect of shiatsu massage on the shoulders in improving muscle hardness and blood flow”  “Association between Sensory Modulation Disorder and psycho-social problems”, “Association between stress and acceptance of parents of children with developmental disorders”, and “Stress effect of clinical practices among students”. 

Some of the themes of graduation thesis in 2014 included “Effect of use of facial massage equipment on sensory functions”, “Manic depression symptoms and blood volume change of the cerebral cortex”, “Effectiveness of ‘parent training’ for nursery teachers”, “Psychological and physical effects of oil massage”, “Factors influencing motivation towards rehabilitation among users of special elderly nursing home”, “On gender identity disorder”, “Excitability changes in the motor cortex during recalling of simple and complex movements”, and “Evaluating the characteristics of, and supporting maltreated children at a children’s institution”.