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Mieko Yoshihama

Professor of Social Work

Mieko Yoshihama

Professor Yoshihama's research interests are violence against women, immigrants, mental health, and community organizing. Combining research and social action at local, state, national, and international levels over the last 25 years, Dr. Yoshihama focuses on the prevention of gender-based violence and promotion of the safety and wellbeing of marginalized populations and communities. Dr. Yoshihama’s research in both the U.S. and Japan is diverse methodologically, spanning from participatory action research to surveys with complex sampling design, from epidemiologic investigation to intervention/prevention research, including a nationwide survey in Japan, a study of Japanese American women in Los Angeles, and Life History Calendar studies of battered women in Michigan, Tokyo, and San Francisco. In Michigan, she directs participatory action research projects aimed at organizing and mobilizing local community members to promote collective action to prevent domestic violence. One recent project involves developing, implementing, and evaluating a broad communications campaign in a local Indian community. In addition to serving on the steering committee of the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, Dr. Yoshihama serves on advisory committees of various organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence.

Research Interests/Focus

Violence against women, community organizing and participatory action research in immigrant and marginalized communities, theatre-based prevention, mental health.

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Year Degree   School
1996 PhD Social Welfare University of California, Los Angeles
1986 MSW Social Welfare University of California, Los Angeles
1984 BA Literature and Linguistics Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Gonzalez Benson, O., Yoshihama, M., Ellis, J., Pimentel Walker, A., Usui, M. & Chang, S. (in press). Piloting participatory action research: Community as intermediary in education pathways of Congolese refugee youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Gonzalez Benson, O.& Yoshihama, M. (2019). Post-resettlement refugee collectives in the United States: Processes of emergence and development. Sharing Society Project (Ed.), Sharing Society International Conference 2019 Proceedings. Bilbao, Basque Country, (Spain): Sharing Society Project-The Impact of Collaborative Collective Actions in the Transformation of Contemporary Societies, University of the Basque Country.

Gonzalez Benson, O., Pimentel Walker, A. P., Yoshihama, M., Burnett, C. & Asadi, L. (2019). A framework for ancillary health services provided by refugee and immigrant-run CBOs: Language assistance, systems navigation, and hands on support. Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education, 9(5), 665.

Yoshihama, M. (2016). Domestic violence in Japan. In E. Buzawa (Ed.), Global responses to domestic violence. New York: Springer.

Yoshihama, M. & Tolman, R. M. (2015). Using interactive theater to create socioculturally relevant community-based intimate partner violence prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2), 136-147.

Yoshihama, M., & Dabby C. (2015). Facts and stats report: Domestic violence in Asian & Pacific Islander homes, updated. Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence.

Muramoto, K., Kamiyama, M., Yoshihama, M., Dan, S., & Hisata, M. (2015). Higashinihon daishinsai gono community empowerment [Community empowerment after the East Japan Great Earthquake]. Community Shinrigaku Knkyu. Japanese Journal of Community Psychology, 19(1), 1-3.

Yoshihama, M. (2015). The great east Japan earthquakes through women's lenses: Past, present, and future. U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 16-17. Genderscape.

Yoshihama, M. (2015). Community empowerment after the East Japan great earthquake. Japanese Journal of Community Psychology, 9(1), 1-36.

Yoshihama, M., & Tsunoda, Y. (2014). Violence against women. JAWW NGO Report for Beijing 20+. In Japan Women's Watch (Ed.) Tokyo, Japan: Japan Women's Watch, 16-21.

Yunomae, T., Tsuge, A., & Yoshihama, M. (2014). Violence against women and children after the Great East Japan Disasters. Japanese Journal of International Society for Gender Studies, 12, 21-39.

Ghanbarpour, S., Yoshihama, M., & Dabby, F. C. (2014). Evidence-based practice: Knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of domestic violence programs serving Asian and Pacific Islanders. Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence. San Francisco, CA.

Yoshihama, M. (2014). Group work with women affected by disasters. Casebook Based on the Counseling Program for Women in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Disasters. Tokyo, Japan: Japanese Government Cabinet Office Gender Equity Bureau.

Yoshihama, M., Blazevski, J., & Bybee, D. (2014). Enculturation and attitudes toward intimate partner violence and gender roles in an Asian Indian populations: Implications for community-based prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 53(3), 249-260.

Kamimura, A., Bybee, D., & Yoshihama, M. (2014). Factors affecting intimate partner violence-specific health care seeking in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Japan. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Yoshihama, M., Tsuge, A., & Yunomae, T., Ikeda, K., & Masai, R. (2013). Violence against women and children after the Great East Japan Disasters: results from a case-finding survey. Japan Women's Watch 1-24. Tokyo: Japan Women's Watch.

Yoshihama, M. (2013). Communications campaign to prevent intimate partner violence among Metro Detroit Indians [Report]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yoshihama, M., Tsuge, A., & Yunomae, T. with Ikeda K. & Masai, R. (2013). A report of the study of violence against women and children in/after the Great East Japan Disasters. Report to the Women's Network for East Japan Disaster. Tokyo, Japan: Women's Network for East Japan Disaster.

Kamimura, A., Yoshihama, M., & Bybee, D. (2013). Trajectory of intimate partner violence and healthcare seeking over the life course: Study of Japanese women in the Tokyo metropolitan area, Japan. Public Health, 127(10), 902-907.

Yoshihama, M., Ramakrishnan, A., Hammock, A. C., & Khaliq, M. (2012). Intimate partner violence prevention program in an Asian immigrant community: Integrating theories, data, and community. Violence Against Women.

Yoshihama, M., Bybee, D., & Blazevski, J. (2012). Day-to-day discrimination and health among Gujarati men and women in Metropolitan Detroit. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Vol35(5), 471-83.

Yoshihama, M & Bybee, D. (2011). The Life History Calendar method and multilevel modeling: Application to research on intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 17(3), 295-308.

Devries., K. M., Watts, C. H., & Yoshihama, M. (2011). Violence against women is strongly associated with suicide attempts: Evidence from the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence against women. Social Science and Medicine, 73, 79-86.

Yoshihama, M., Bybee, D., Dabby, C., & Blazevski, J. (2011). Lifecourse experiences of intimate partner violence and help-seeking among Filipino, Indian, and Pakistani women: implications for justice system response [Report]. National Institute of Justice.

Hong, J. S., Kim, S., Yoshihama, M., & Byoun, S. J. (2010). Wife battering in South Korea: An Ecological Systems Analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(12), 1623-1630.

Yoshihama, M. & Horrocks. J. (2010). Risk of intimate partner violence: Role of childhood sexual abuse and sexual initiation in women in Japan. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 28-37.

Yoshihama, M., Horrocks. J., & Bybee, D. (2010). Intimate partner violence and initiation of smoking and drinking: A population-based study of women in Yokohama, Japan. Social Science and Medicine, 71(6), 1199-1207.

Yoshihama, M. (2009). Application of the Life History Calendar approach to understand women's experiences of intimate partner violence over the lifecourse. In R. F. Belli, F. Stafford, & D. Alwin (Eds.), Calendar and Time Diary Methods in Life Course Research. Sage Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Yoshihama, M., Horrocks, J., & Kamano, S. (2009). The role of emotional abuse in intimate partner violence and health in women in Yokohama, Japan. American Journal of Public Health, 99(4), 647-653.

Yoshihama, M. (2009). One unit of the past: Action research project on domestic violence in Japan. In J. Sudbury & M. Okazawa-Rey (Eds.), The Challenge of Activist Scholarship: Antiracist Feminism and Social Change. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Yoshihama, M. (2009). Literature on intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities: review and recommendations. In Family Violence Prevention Fund (Ed.), Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices and Recommendations 34-64. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Yoshihama, M. (2009). Toward the eradication of domestic violence: analysis of U.S. movements and challenges. In Women's Space Yui (Ed.), Reflections on the Process of Creating Domestic Violence Prevention Act (15-22). Tokyo: Women's Space Yui.

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