Sayaka Machizawa



Sayaka Machizawa

Associate Director, Community Partnership

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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 clinics in the Chicagoland 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 works for the Japan Intercultural Consulting where she serves as a translator/interpreter as well as a facilitator for seminars on a range of topics including stress management, cross-cultural adaptation, effective management and leadership styles based on personality types, and corporate wellness.

She is actively involved in leadership roles in APA Divisions, Committees, and Task Forces. She currently serves as Secretary of APA Division 52 International Psychology and Membership Officer for APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology International Section. Furthermore, as Chair of APA Division 35 Society for Psychology of Women, Task Force on Enhancing International Perspectives on Psychology of Women., she is organizing an international women's leadership summit at 2015 APA Convention in Toronto.

She considers herself as a transnational feminist psychologist and has collaborated with international feminist psychologists on multiple publication projects. She co-authored a chapter titled, Toward Humanization of Birthing, in J. Chrisler (Ed), Reproductive Justice: A Global Concern (2013). This book examined the status of reproductive rights for women in global contexts, covering a wide range of issues such as women's rights to determine their own sexuality and choose their own partners, rape, sex trafficking, fertility treatments and other assisted reproductive technologies, contraception and abortion, maternal and infant mortality, postpartum support, and breastfeeding. Recently, she co-authored a book chapter titled, Transnational Psychological Practice with Women: Perspectives from East Asia and Japan, in C. Enns (Ed), Psychological Practice With Women: Guidelines, Diversity, Empowerment (2014).

Education History
Degree Institution
BA Psychology Cornell College (1997-2001)
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2001-2005)
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Secretary APA DIvision 52 International Psychology (2014-present)
Board of Directors The Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) (2013-present)
Chair International Committee for Women (ICfW), Standing Comittee of APA Division 52 International Psychology (2012-2013)
Chair International Mentoring Organization Comittee, Standing Comittee of APA Division 17 Counseling Psychology (2012-2013)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois

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.

Professional Skills
Community-based participatory research, Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological assessment, Fitness-for-duty evaluation, Cultural competency training, Feminist psychology, Cross-cultural psychology