Nagoya University Psychological Support & Research Center for Human Development


Faculty Staff



Current specialism

Clinical psychology of children

Current research agenda

Her research in the clinical psychology of children and adolescents has three main themes:

The first theme is the clinical psychological assessment of children. In particular, she is interested in the method of assessment using projective methods such as Rorschach's and drawing methods. Non-verbal intervention is an extremely important method for approaching children whose linguistic ability is not fully developed. From the children's perspective, non-verbal expression is effective not only as a form of assessment but also as a means of psychological assistance. As regards the use of Rorschach's method with children, she has been endeavoring to identify the psychological characteristics of typical Japanese schoolchildren through international comparison. Currently, she is working on international comparative research and clinical case studies in reference to Kinetic School Drawing , Sentence Completion Test and Image Association Methods with postgraduate students.

The second theme revolves around the environment of children and support for their mental health. In particular, she is collaborating with researchers in Finland, where is well known for providing high-quality welfare to children, to pursue international comparative research on primary and secondary school environments and children's mental health, again with her postgraduate students. Family and school are two major influences on children's mental health. They are examining the kind of environment critical to children's mental health and the kind of support clinical psychology can offer.

The third theme entails the development of a program for psychological education to reduce the impact of disasters on mental health; she is pursuing this work in collaboration with Nagoya University's Disaster Mitigation Research Centre. With assistance from my postgraduate students, she is developing and testing psychological educational lessons to prepare people for large-scale earthquakes (in Tokai, Tonankaii, and Nankai) that are predicted to occur in the near future. The aim of the program is not limited to dealing with stress as a means of reducing the impact of disasters on mental health; it also aims to contribute to improvement in capabilities for self-recovery, self-respect, and inter-personal relations. This research is actively ongoing.

The forth theme is the study of the support for developmental disorder child and student. As a study on individual support for developmental disorder child, she is going to push forward the collaborative investigation with the Mongolian researcher with developmental disorder child support project (Center for Developmental Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry) about the support for developmental disorder child in Mongolia. About developmental disorder student, she is going to proceed with the teachers (clinical psychologists) in Clinical Psychological Counseling Center of Nagoya University as one of the supports for their students.

She is pursuing her research with her postgraduate students in the hope that their efforts will help support children's mental health and their future by integrating different strands of research.

Publications (selected)


  1. Matsumoto,M. (ed.) Kosodate o sasaeru Sinrikyouiku toha nanika (What is psychological education that supports child-rearing?), Japanese Jurnal of Modern esprit, Shibundo, 2008 (in Japanese)
  2. Kawase,M., Matsumoto,M., Mitsuhiro,T, Korekara o ikiru Sinnrigaku (Psychology that helps in moving on in life), Nakanishiya Shuppan, 2008 (in Japanese)
  3. Matsumoto,M., and Morita,M., (eds.) Kodomono Rorshacha hannou (Children's responses to the Rorschach's test): Standard forms and response content, Kongo Shuppan, 2009 (in Japanese)
  4. Matsumoto,M., and Kaneko,K. (eds.) Kodomono RinsyouSinri Asesumento・Kodomo・Kazoku・Gakkousien notameni (Clinical psychological assessment of children: "supporting children, families, and schools.")  Kongo Shuppan, 2010 (in Japanese)
  5. Iwazumi,T., Matsumoto,M., and Iida,J. (tras.) Sekai no Gakkou Sinrigaku (School psychology of the world), Akashi Shoten, 2013 (forthcoming) (in Japanese)


  1. Iida,A., and Matsumoto,M., Tsuujyougakkyu nioite Kobetusien o okonatta Hattatsusyougaiji no jirei ・jikoishiki no henka to sien no arikata no kenntou ( A case study of a child with developmental difficulties who received individual support in a mainstream classroom: an examination of change in self-awareness and the nature of support) 2011, Japanese journal of child and adolescent psychiatry supplement, Vol. 52, 1. 45-59 (in Japanese)
  2. Matsumoto,M., et al. Nihonjinjidou no Rorschachahou niokeru Popular hannou・seisa no siten o chushin ni (Popular response in Rorschach's test administered to Japanese schoolchildren: focusing on gender difference) , 2011, Journal of Japanese clinical psychology , Vol. 28, 6. 805-810.(in Japanese)
  3. Hiraishi, H., Matsumoto, M., et al. Differences in Prefrontal Context Activity among Picture-Based Personality Tests: A Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Study. 2012 Journal of Personality Assessment, 94(4), 366-371.
  4. Nomura,A., Matsumoto,M., et al. Bunsyoukanseihou kara mita syou・cyu gakusei no gakko niokeru jikozou oyobi taijinkankei no hattatsutekihenka (Developmental changes in self-image and inter-personal relationship of primary and secondary schoolchildren found through sentence completion) 2013, Research of school mental health, in press (in Japanese).
  5. Tsuboi, H. Matsumoto, M., et al. Japanese Children's QOL: A Comparison with Finnish Children 2013 Japanese Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 45, Supplement in print (in Japanese)


  • Japanese Psychological Association
  • Japanese Educational Psychology Association
  • The Association of Japanese Clinical Psychology
  • Japanese Society for the Rorschach and Projective Methods
  • Japanese Association of Clinical Drawings
  • Japanese Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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