About

Senior Researcher at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.

Psychologist, psychoanalyst.

Degree: Doctorat (PhD), Psychopathology (2014)
MA, Philosophy & Psychoanalysis (2009)
MA, Child and Adolescent Psychology (2005)

Professional Training. I have trained in various psychoanalytical associations, including but not limited to years of seminars, workshops, clinical groups, reading groups, group supervision, and individual supervision. I was also trained in psychoanalytic family therapy for two years, and part of my training and clinical practice focuses on counseling infants and their mothers. Individual psychoanalysis (9 years).

Clinical Practice. My professional experience includes working in a medico-social institution for children and adolescents (1 year), the Neuropediatrics department of a Children’s hospital (1 year), an adolescent psychiatric hospital (1 year), Welfare services (2 years), and a guidance center (4 years) where I have conducted psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families. Counseling in Kyoto since 2017.

Scientific Research. I have been researching for 6 years at Kyoto University Institute for Research in Humanities, on acute social withdrawal and trauma (2011-2017). My investigations in history and anthropology of mental medicine continue as a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH-NCNP Japan) and at Ritsumeikan University. I am a reviewer for journals such as Transcultural PsychiatryCulture, Medicine, and Psychiatry; Healthcare; and Social Science. With Matsumoto Takuya, we organize Kyoto University international mental health seminar.

Professional organizations. I am a member of the Japanese Society of Transcultural Psychiatry; International Mental Health Practitioners Japan; Lacan Society of Japan; and Le Pari de Lacan Association.

For an interview or questions about mental health in Japan, journalists might contact me at n.tajan2@gmail.com