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Megumi Kitagawa


Prof. M. Kitagawa Ph.D.
+31 71 527 3441

Short CV

Megumi Kitagawa is a vice president and a professor at Konan University in Japan. She graduated from Kyoto University, from which she also received her PhD. She is a clinical psychologist and a certified public psychologist. She was a visiting researcher at Leiden University (2019-2020).


Her research interests lie mainly in examining what influences the quality of the child-caregiver relationship and how can it be improved not only for clinical groups, but also for community populations. She is a provider of an attachment-based intervention, the Circle of Security program, and also a trainer for the Circle of Security Parenting program. She is currently conducting research to study the effectiveness of these programs in improving the quality of Japanese child-parent relationships.

Selected Publication

Kitagawa, M., Iwamoto, S., Umemura, T., Kudo, S., Kazui, M., Matsuura, H., & Mesman, J. (2021). Attachment-based intervention improves Japanese parent-child relationship quality: A pilot study. Current Psychology.



  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Opvoeding en Ontwikkeling

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4B34


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