Psychiatric NursingSchool of Human Health Sciences

Ph.D., RN, PHN, Professor Rie Chiba

Maintaining and recovering mental health, as well as supporting community life for people with mental illnesses have become significant social issues. Psychiatric nursing is a field of nursing science that concentrates on the care for better mental health, with a focus on human mind and behavior. Our laboratory is dedicated to the academic exploration of care for people with mental illness, their families, and all other people of various ages, to help them live in a healthier mental state. If you are interested in, please feel free to contact us.

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Research and Education

In recent years, the fields of nursing and psychology have come to focus not only on the perspective of alleviating symptoms and difficulties, but also on the transformation that occurs through facing adversity and the growth process of individuals living with illnesses. Our laboratory is engaged in research to generate high-quality evidence to support individuals with mental illnesses and their families as they go through these processes. We aim to contribute to the establishment of an academic foundation and the evidence-based care in psychiatric nursing.

Practice for Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing is held at Kyoto University Hospital, home-visit nursing stations, daycare centers at clinics, and other welfare facilities so that students can learn a wide range of practical skills from inpatient treatment to community life support. Graduate education accepts students from the psychiatric nursing and related areas. We welcome students from overseas. Lectures are held in English and Japanese. We also have Advanced Practice Researcher Training Program to foster Certified Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.


  1. Chiba R, Funakoshi A, Miyamoto Y. The Preliminary Efficacy of a Program to Facilitate Benefit Finding for People with Mental Illness: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial in Japan. Healthcare (Basel). 2022 Aug 8;10(8):1491. doi: 10.3390/healthcare10081491. PMID: 36011148; PMCID: PMC9408221.
  2. Chiba R, Yamazaki Y, Miyamoto Y, Funakoshi A. Related Changes in Personal Recovery, Benefit Finding, and Sense of Coherence among People with Chronic Mental Illness: A Two-Wave Study. J Psychol. 2021;155(3):292-308. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2021.1880360. Epub 2021 Feb 12. PMID: 33577744.
  3. Chiba R, Funakoshi A, Yamazaki Y, Miyamoto Y. The Benefit Finding Questionnaire (BFQ): Scale Development, Validation, and Its Psychometric Properties Among People with Mental Illness. Healthcare (Basel). 2020 Aug 26;8(3):303. doi: 10.3390/healthcare8030303. PMID: 32858891; PMCID: PMC7551197.
  4. Chiba R, Umeda M, Goto K, Miyamoto Y, Yamaguchi S. Factors related to recovery knowledge and attitudes among professionals in mental health in Japan. Jpn J Nurs Sci. 2020 Apr;17(2):e12295. doi: 10.1111/jjns.12295. Epub 2019 Aug 27. PMID: 31454176.
  5. Yamanouchi T, Hiroshima M, Takeuchi Y, Sawada Y, Takahashi M, Amagai M. Factors Associated With Worsened or Improved Mental Health in the Great East Japan Earthquake Survivors. Arch Psychiatr Nurs. 2018 Feb;32(1):103-111. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2017.10.005. Epub 2017 Oct 14. PMID: 29413059.


[Professor] Rie Chiba
[Assistant Professor] Tomoko Yamanouchi
[Assistant Professor] Masako Mitsui

e-mail: chiba.rie.2c atmark

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