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Mitsunao Tomioka Last modified date:2021.06.17

Assistant Professor / Department of Psychosomatic Medicine
Department of Clinical Medicine
Faculty of Medical Sciences

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Academic Degree
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Clinical Psychology
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
Psychotherapy and psychological test for a psychosomatic disorder patient in department of psychosomatic medicine.
Lectures of a psychological test and autogenic training and psychotherapy for medical department students.
Research on application of psychotherapy and development of psychological tests for psychosomatic patients and insomnia with physical illness.
Research Interests
  • Development of structured interview to evaluate alexithymia in psychosomatic disorder
    keyword : alexithymia, structured interview
  • Effect research of an autogenic training to patients with insomnia:Using 24-hour Holter ECG
    keyword : insomnia, autogenic training,24-hour Holter ECG
  • A study about psychological intervention and evaluation for patients of psychosomatic disorders.
    keyword : Psychosomatic disorder, Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychological Asessment
Current and Past Project
  • The autogenic training (AT) is a psychotherapy that has been described as a non-drug therapy in "The Treatment and Treatment Guidelines for Sleep Disorders" (Second Edition). Gradually repeat self-intention, create a relaxed state, and promote sleep by releasing mind and body tension. Thus, although it is described that it is effective for insomnia, there are few studies that demonstrated its mechanism of effect expression from the physiological aspect. It is known that autonomic nervous function differs between daytime and nighttime, and it differs greatly in the first half and the second half while sleeping.
    In this study, we aim to clarify how AT changes nighttime autonomic nervous activity and promotes sleep using 24-hour Holter ECG.
Academic Activities
1. M. Tomioka, C. Kubo, Group autogenic training in psychosomatic medicine: A pretreatment interview reduces the dropout rate, International congress series, 2006.01.
1. 富岡 光直, 須藤 信行, Image-exposure during autogenic training alleviates physical symptoms in patients with anxiety disorder., The 17th Asian Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine, 2016.08, Objective: Patients with anxiety disorder often show not only emotional symptoms but also physical symptoms following exposure to external stimuli. In vivo exposure to such external stimuli has been established as a useful treatment option; however, whether image-exposure exerts positive effects on anxiety-induced physical symptoms is inconclusive.
Methods: We treated two patients with anxiety disorder using image-exposure therapy. After the introduction of autogenic training (AT), patients were asked to imagine anxiety-evoking scenes and retain the scenes in their mind for 1 min; they then performed a 30 second AT. They did the image-exposure three times per visit.
Results: At the first trial, the patients complained about anxiety-related physical symptoms such as chest oppression, congested feeling, thirst, and palpitations. Their physical symptoms and anxiety levels in daily life decreased after repeated image-exposure trials.
Conclusion: Image exposure during AT was effective for reducing anxiety-related physical symptoms in patients with anxiety disorder..
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Internal Medicine
Educational Activities
Guidance of autogenic training and intake interview in psychosomatic medicine training of medical department fifth grader.
The psychosomatic medicine lecture to a medical department fourth grader (autogenic training and cognitive behavior therapy) .
Other Educational Activities
  • 2020.12.
  • 2019.11.
  • 2018.12.