Areas of Expertise

Body Image, Eating Disorders, Cross-Cultural Research


Yuko Yamamiya, Ph.D., has been teaching undergraduate psychology courses, while conducting research on body image issues. Her research interest focuses on sociocultural risk factors and negative consequences of body image problems. Also, she investigates possible prevention and intervention programs. Recently, her research interest extends to positive body image and how to promote it.

Representative Publications

  • Yamamiya, Y., Shimai, S., & Homan, K. J. (2021). Exploring the gratitude model of body appreciation and intuitive eating among Japanese women. Body Image, 36, 230-237.
  • Yamamiya, Y., Shimai, S., Schaefer, L. M., Thompson, J. K., Shroff, H., Sharma, R., & Ordaz, D. L. (2016). Psychometric properties and validation of the Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Appearance Questionnaire-4 (SATAQ-4) with a sample of Japanese adolescent girls. Body Image, 19, 89-97.
  • Yamamiya, Y., & Thompson, J. K. (2009). An experimental investigation of a psychoeducational strategy designed to reduce men’s endorsement of societal ideals of women’s attractiveness. Body Image, 6, 48-51.


  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychopathology, University of South Florida, 2007.
  • M.S. in General Psychology, Old Dominion University, 2002.
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1999.

Professional Associations

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • The Japanese Association of Health Psychology