Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Major in Rehabilitation Sciences
Field of Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapy is the art and science aiming at the re-construction of the occupational (life-related) functions of people with physical or mental disorders. It is the field in which treatment, guidance and support are performed through the engagement in meaningful and purposeful activities in accordance with the clients’ needs. In the field of occupational therapy, we conduct both basic and clinical research for the evaluation and treatment of life dysfunctions caused by physical or mental disorders. In this field, we raise highly skilled professionals capable of conducting evaluation, treatment, guidance and support not only from the perspectives of physical and mental functions, but also from those of human activities and society. In addition, on the basis of highly specialized knowledge, we educate brilliant researchers capable of contributing to the development of occupational therapy, and competent educators in charge of the training and education of occupational therapists.


In the field of occupational therapy, experts in each area teach students the knowledge and skills to verify effectively and scientifically the life functions of the clients in order to respond to the needs of the real world.

Conducting research in a wide range of specialties

In the field of occupational therapy, both basic research (e.g. kinesiology) and clinical studies (e.g. research on the hand surgery) are conducted.

Education provided by experts in each area

In the field of occupational therapy, the teaching staff plays an active and leading role in each academic society in the fields of hand therapy, study of higher brain functions, study of internal organ disorders, and sensory integration and ADL.

Master’s Degree

Master of Rehabilitation Science (M.Rehab.Sc) in Occupational Therapy

Examples of Research Topics

  1. Muscle activity proprerties of the flexor carpi radialis muscle and flexor carpi ulnaris muscle by the difference in foream position.
  2. The relationship between the motor imagery ability and the corticospinal excitability during gazing at mirror hand with voluntary movement.
  3. The effects of cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation of the supplementary motor area on the function of anticipatory postural adjustments.
  4. Study of the utility of the mirror box task.
  5. Regulating characteristics of the finger extensor.
  6. Regulating characteristics of the extrinsic muscle and intrinsic muscles of the hand during flexion movement of the finger.
  7. Muscle activity proprerties of Flexor carpi ulnaris and Abductor digiti minimi.
  8. The relationship between the students’ anxiety and personality characteristics and their results of fieldwork: before and after study.
  9. Short intra-cortical inhibition and intra-cortical facilitation about the antagonist muscle at agonist muscle contractile.
  10. Characteristic of the anconeus muscle function as a varus stabilizer in the elbow joint.
  11. Motor control properties about extensor indicis proprius and extensor digitorum.
  12. Reliability and responsiveness of the Japanese version of utility instruments.
  13. Re-standardization of the Kids Play Scale for 6 to 8 years old children.

Teaching Staff

Shinichi Noto / Professor / Ph. D. (Chair)
Neuropsychology, Clinical economics, Intervention for unilateral spatial neglect and apraxia, Assessment of utilities used by the health utilities index and the EQ-5D, Cost-effectiveness analysis of rehabilitation

Mineo Oyama / Professor / Ph. D.
Biomechanical study in neuromuscular function of the upper extremity, Brain research using somatosensory evoked magnetic fields

Yoichi Nagai / Professor / M. Sc.
Occupational therapy for handicapped children, Effects of sensory integration therapy, Occupational science, Measuring the effects of inter-professional education, Therapy effects on sensory modulation disorders in adults, Re-standardization of pediatric interest profiles in Japan, Assessment of the outcome of inter-professional education

Rika Imanishi / Professor / Ph. D.
Lower urinary tract rehabilitation for urinary storage symptoms in older adults, Sleep research for insomnia in older adults

Tomonori Nomura / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Study of the recovery of activities in the frail elderly, Physical activity analysis of after stroke