Occupational Therapy (Mental function)

Hiroshi Yamane, OTR, Ph.D.

“Brain Function and Rehabilitation” is a new occupational therapy program established in Graduate School of Medicine, Human Health Science Department in 2007. It is an academic program, the purpose of which is to bring together the knowledge and the art regarding rehabilitation, from the view point of “interaction between human functioning and the environment”. We research on the ways to support the persons with mental dysfunction and developmental disorders to control their lives and adjust to the environment. As the basis of our research, we adopt medical and psychological assessment methods, such as motor function assessment, mental processing assessment, and information regarding the relation between the disease and the disability.

Research and Education

In “Brain Function and Rehabilitation” program, we carry out clinical research, education and clinical guidance, regarding techniques and methodology to facilitate rehabilitation and development of the central nervous system. The subjects of our practice are problems caused by functional or organic dysfunction of the central nervous system (including developmental disorders) such as mental disorder, brain function disorder caused by brain injury, and developmental disability. Our clinical fields are hospitals, day care centers, rehabilitation facilities, and schools. Let’s think, for instance, what differences in the brain or the body makes a person capable or incapable to imitate another person’s movement? Occupational therapy in brain function rehabilitation is a process of communication between the person, the person’s body and the occupation. We study the interaction between the brain, body and the environment which occurs during carrying out the occupation, and utilize the results for early rehabilitation, supporting development, daily lives and education of the disabled people.
Our research and educational interests are the occupational therapy, medical and social models of disability, the acute occupational therapy system, and supporting participation in the society, for people with mental dysfunctions such as psychiatric disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, and higher brain dysfunction.
Photo1. NIRS measurement of brain function when acting
Photo2. Laboratory members


1. Hiroshi Yamane (2010), History and current state of Japanese psychiatric occupational therapy. Journal of Korean Association of Occupational Therapists
2. Mutsumi Abiru, Hiroshi Sakai, Yasuhiro Sawada, Hiroshi Yamane (2011) The relevancy of music stimulus and frontal lobe function, Japanese Occupational Therapy Research 30: 593-601.
3. Yoon-jeong, Hiroshi Yamane (2011) The present state and tasks of Korean psychiatric occupational therapy-Throughout histories of psychiatry and occupational therapy-, Japanese Occupational Therapy Research 30:137-146
4. Sayo Harada, Hiroshi Yamane (2013) Effect of Education Programs for Caregivers with the Provision of the Elderly with Mental and Cognitive Impairments, Asian Journal of Occupational Therapy 11
5.Hiroshi Yamane, Toshihiko Kinoshita (2001), An interactional model of mental disability based on the international classification of functioning and disability (ICIDH-2). Asian Journal of Occupational Therapy 1:1-11


Professor: Hiroshi Yamane
Instructor: Sumie Yamada
TEL: +81-75-751-3943
FAX: +81-75-751-3909
e-mail:yamane.hiroshi.5r atmark kyoto-u.ac.jp