Areas of Expertise

Cross-cultural perspective in clinical assessment and treatment.

Yuko Watabe is a researcher, educator, and therapist. Her goal is to assist students to think critically and to search for their passion and aspirations.


Yuko Watabe has been conducting research for culturally responsive assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mental health literacy and mood regulation. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in both Japan and the US since 2012 and provided mental health services as a clinician in various settings, elementary schools, universities, hospitals, community mental health centers, and rehabilitation facilities since 2006.

Representative Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Watabe, Y., Lee, S. K., & Matsuhashi, Y. (Submitted 2021). Cross-cultural investigation in differential perceptions of externalizing symptoms. Japanese Psychological Research.
  • Watabe, Y., Owens, J. S., Serrano, V., & Evans, S. W. (2018). Is positive bias in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder a function of low competence or disorder status? Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 26(2), 79–92.
  • Mearns, J., Self, E., Kono, K., Sato, T., Takashima, E., Tresno, F., Watabe, Y., & Catanzaro, S. J. (2016). Measuring generalized expectancies for negative mood regulation in Japan: The Japanese language NMR Scale. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, 3, 109-127.
  • Owens, J. S., Holdaway, A. S., Serrano, V. J., Himawan, L. K., Watabe, Y., Storer, J., Grant, M., and Andrews, N. (2016). Screening for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems at Kindergarten Entry: The Utility of Two Teacher Rating Scales. School Mental Health.
  • Owens, J. S., Storer, J., Holdaway, A. S., Serrano, V., Watabe, Y., Krelko, R., Vause, K., Girio-Hererra, E., Andrews, N., & Himawan, L. (2015). Screening for social, emotional, and behavioral risk at Kindergarten entry: The diagnostic and predictive validity of parent report. School Psychology Review.
  • Watabe, Y., Owens, J., Evans, S. W., & Brandt, N. (2014). The relationship between sluggish cognitive tempo and impairment in children with and without ADHD. Journal Of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(1), 105-115. doi:10.1007/s10802-013-9767-3
  • Watabe, Y., Stewart, J. L., Owens, J., Andrews, N., & Griffeth, J. C. (2013). Effectiveness and sustainability of school-based interventions for youth with or at risk for ADHD. School Mental Health, 5(2), 83-95. doi:10.1007/s12310-012-9094-9
  • Schultz, B. K., Storere, J., Watabe, Y., Sadler, J., & Evans, S. W. (2011). School-based treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Psychology In The Schools, 48(3), 254-262.

Book Chapters

  • Petca, A. R., Zoromski, K. A., Evans, S. W., & Watabe, Y. (2015). Advancing the evidence-base interventions for school-mental health: A life course perspective. In S. Kutcher, Y. Wei, & M. Weist (Eds.), International School Mental Health for Adolescents – Global Opportunities & Challenges. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.
  • Owens, J., Watabe, Y., & Michael, K. D. (2013). Culturally responsive school mental health in rural communities. In C. S. Clauss-Ehlers, Z. N. Serpell, M. D. Weist (Eds.), Handbook of culturally responsive school mental health: Advancing research, training, practice, and policy (pp. 31-42). New York, NY, US: Springer Science + Business Media. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-4948-5_3


  • 佐藤徹男・渡部裕子・今井アキ・安ティンティン・葛西真記子(2019年8月)エビデンスに基づいた心理実践の異文化修正. 日本文化を考慮した心理臨床と、日本に住む様々な文化背景を持つ人々への支援における文化配慮とは?日本心理学会第84回大会. 大阪・日本
  • Yamamiya, Y., Watabe, Y., Park, J., Nevans, M., Kimpara, S. (2017, June). School-wide support for struggling students: Role of multidisciplinary team. In Y. Yamamiya (Chair). Support/promote physical and mental health of foreigners in Japan. Symposium presented at Japanese Association of Health Psychology, (Kyoto, Japan).
  • Watabe, Y, & Owens, J. S. (2013, November). Is positive bias in children with ADHD a function of low competency or a function of ADHD status? In Y. Watabe (Chair). Perceptual bias of competence in youth with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Clinical presentation and treatment implications. Symposium accepted for the 46th annual convention for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashvillle, TN.
  • Serrano, V., Watabe, Y, & Owens, J. S. (2013, February). Comprehensive kindergarten screening: The relationship among multiple domains of competency. Symposium presented at the annual convention for the National Association of School Psychologists, Seattle, WA.


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Ohio University
  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology, California State University Fullerton
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)