We run a "Shichigahama Health Promotion Project" as a collaborative project integrating an annual health survey of residents affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and psychosocial support of residents and the official workers. Based on the survey, we investigate the effects of a disaster on the mental health conditions of people in the affected communities, and factors affecting the trajectory of recovery from the impact.
We run researches to develop technologies useful to improve mental health in the communities affected by a disaster. We investigate the biological mechanisms underlying the pathogeneses of posttraumatic stress disorder to improve the assessment and treatment of the disorder.We intgrate virtual reality and biosensing technologies to understand and manage stress caused by a disaster.
We run researches to develop mental health systems resilient to disasters. We accumulate information regarding mental health support at postdisaster settings and extract the essensse of the activities and promlems to be improved. Also, we We accumulate information to improve disaster preparedness of psychiatric medical institutes.
Kobayashi N, et. al., Tomita H. (2020). Experiences of perinatal women and public healthcare providers in a community affected by the great east Japan earthquake and tsunami: Concerns that must be considered for the mental healthcare of perinatal women in postdisaster settings.
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 51, 101767, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101767
Seto M, et. al. Tomita H. (2019). Post-disaster mental health and psychosocial support in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake: a qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry. 19(1):261, doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2243-z.
Nakaya N, et. al., Tomita H. (2018). Effect of tsunami drill experience on actual evacuation behavior after the onset of the Great East Japan Earthquake. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 28, 206-213, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.02.037
Yu Z, et. al., Tomita H. (2017). Microglial production of TNF-alpha is a key element of sustained fear memory. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 59, 313-321, doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2016.08.011.
Tsuchiya N, et. al., Tomita H. (2017). Impact of social capital on psychological distress and interaction with house destruction and displacement after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 71(1), 52-60, doi: 10.1111/pcn.12467.