Teaching Interests

Adam Valerio teaches courses in religious studies and intellectual heritage at TUJ. In addition to teaching at TUJ and several Japanese universities, he taught for six years at Temple Main Campus in the Department of Religion. As a teacher, Adam wields both pedagogical research and empathy in creating a safe and connected classroom where students are empowered to identify, pursue, and grow the life-long skills that most matter to them.


While Adam Valerio’s broad academic interests include such areas as animal ethics, gender study, research methodologies, and medical epistemology, Adam’s research areas usually related to Meditation and Mindfulness, Buddhist Philosophy, and Buddhism and Psychology. His bibliometric approach to the study of mindfulness is one of the most popular journal articles in Contemporary Buddhism, cited over two dozen times and viewed in the thousands. Adam has presented to a wide array of academic audiences, including at the American Academy of Religion, International Congress of Psychology, American Psychological Association, Association for the Sociology of Religion, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Mind & Life Institute International Symposium for Contemplative Studies.

Representative publications

  • Valerio, Adam. (2016). Owning Mindfulness: A Bibliometric Analysis of Mindfulness Literature Trends Within and Outside of Buddhist Contexts. Contemporary Buddhism, 17(1), 157-183.
  • Cheung, K., Valerio, A., Kunu, V., & Bingenheimer, M. (2015). Chinese Religion(s): A Survey of Textbooks. Studies in Chinese Religions, 2(3), 315-328. https://doi.org/10.1080/23729988.2016.1242234 
  • “Valerio on Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan.” Review of Harding, Christopher; Iwata Fumiaki; Shin’ichi Yoshinaga, eds., Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan. H-Buddhism, H-Net Reviews. August, 2015.
  • Valerio, A. (2015, August). Valerio on Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan. [Review of the book Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan, by C. Harding, I. Fumiaki, Y. Shin’ichi, eds.]. H-Buddhism, H-Net Reviews.


  • Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Religion, Temple University
  • M.A. in Religion, Temple University
  • B.S. in Exercise Physiology, Rutgers University
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Rutgers University

Previous Appointments

  • Asian Studies Program and Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University Japan Campus (2019-present)
  • International Studies and Communication, Wayo Women’s University (2018-present)
  • Foreign Languages, Nihon University College of Art (2017-present)
  • Academic English Program, Temple University Japan Campus (2017-2019)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2017-2019)
  • Religion, Temple University Main Campus (2010-2015)

Professional Associations

  • Japanese Association for the Study of Buddhism and Psychology 日本仏教心理学会
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Tokyo Buddhist Studies Discussion Group