Sayaka Machizawa was born and grew up in a suburb of Tokyo. She came to the United States after graduating from high school in Japan, and studied psychology at Cornell College in Iowa, graduating with a summa cum laude and a membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. She then moved to Chicago and received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Sayaka works as an Associate Director of the Community Partnerships Department at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), where she coordinates and oversees various community engaged scholarship activities. She develops mutual partnerships with community organizations to address community needs and social problems. She leverages her research skills to implement community-based participatory research projects, aiming to provide the community with the tools and information necessary to enact change. She is currently involved in a pilot study with JASC, UIC, and Northwestern University (funded by Northwestern University, Clinical and Translational Research Sciences Institute) that explores ways to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) knowledge and screening with educational materials among Japanese American parents and adult offspring. In 2009, she helped the TCSPP secure funding from Learn and Serve America Higher Education Grant at the amount of $581,000 to develop and expand community engaged scholarship between TCSPP and community partner agencies. She recently received $13,800 from Japan Foundation to implement study abroad courses in Japan.
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, she works at a clinic in a suburb of Chicago where she specializes in neuropsychological and fitness-for-duty evaluation, as well as psychotherapy. She works primary with adults with cognitive and/or mental disabilities.
Sayaka also work with Japan Intercultural Consulting where she facilitates seminars on a range of topics including stress management, cross-cultural adaptation, effective management and leadership styles based on personality types, and corporate wellness.
Sayaka considers herself as a transnational feminist psychologist. She is currently serving as a Chair for International Committee for Women (ICfW), a standing committee of APA Division 52 and International Mentoring Organization Committee (IMOC), a subcommittee of APA Division 17. She is currently co-authoring a book chapter on “Transnational Psychological Practice with Women in Global Context: Perspectives from East Asia.”
Chair, International COmmittee for Women (ICfW), Standing Comittee of APA Division 52 International Psychology (2012-present)
Chair, International Mentoring Organization Comittee, Standing Comittee of APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology (2012-present)
Machizawa, S. & Hayashi, K (2012). Birthing across cultures. Toward Humanization of Childbirth, pp. 231-250. Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern. Chrisler J.C. (Ed). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Lau, D., Machizawa, S. (2012). Informal and formal support among community-dwelling Japanese American elders living alone in Chicagoland: An in-depth qualitative study. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 27(2), 149-161. doi10.1007/s10823-012-9166-1.
Machizawa, S. & Kopp, R. (2011). メンタルヘルス対策の実態(Mental health prevention at the workplace: Global perspectives). スタッフアドバイザー, 261, 84-133.
Machizawa, S & Lau, D. (2010). Psychological needs of Japanese Americans: Implications for culturally competent interventions. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 25(2), 183-197.
Machizawa, S. (2007). Childhood trauma and parental bonding among Japanese female patients with borderline personality disorder. International Journal of Psychology, 42, 265-273.
Machizawa, S., Lau, D., & Fujiu, J. (2007). Aging Alone in the City and Aging in the Suburbs: A Qualitative Needs Assessment of Isolated Nikkei Elders in Chicago. Chicago IL: Japanese American Service Committee.
Machizawa, S. & Epstein, P. Neuropsychological and Medical Perspectives of Humor. Annual Cultural Impact Conference, Chicago IL, February 8, 2012.
Machizawa, S., Aoki, K, Yoshikawa, M. Supporting the Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake: Culturally Sensitive Interventions. Symposium presentation at the 119th American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL, August 2012.
Machizawa, S. & Guarrine, M. How Can We Balance Student and Community Needs? Perspectives from the Community and Higher Education. Symposium presentation at 2012 WASC Academic Resource Conference, Costa Mesa, CA. April 2012.
Machizawa, S. Fostering Student Leadership in the Local and Global Communities. Poster presentation at 2012 WASC Academic Resource Conference, Costa Mesa, CA. April 2012.
Machizawa, S. Resiliency and Creativity among Children in post-Earthquake Japan. Cultural Impact Conference, Chicago IL, January 2012.
Lau, D., Machizawa, S., Carmeron, K., Henker, R., Demonte, W., Mizuno, E., Muramatsu, N., and Tanimura, M. Colorectal Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, Screening, and Communication among Japanese American Families: An exploratory, Community-based Participatory Research in Chicagoland. Paper presentation at American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington DC, October 2011.
Machizawa, S. What is Control? Oral Contraceptive Practices in Japan. Symposium presentation at the 119th American Psychological Association, Washington DC, August 2011.
Machizawa, S. Birthing across Cultures: Toward Humanization of Childbirth. Symposium presentation at the 119th American Psychological Association, Washington DC, August 2011.
Machizawa S, Lau DT. Psychological needs of Japanese American elders in Chicago: Implications for culturally competent interventions. The American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 2010.