Associate Professor and Department Chair
Michael Ichiyama, PhD, has been a member of the USD faculty since 1995. He offers undergraduate courses in the area of clinical psychology. His primary research interests focus on college alcohol abuse prevention, the study of parental influences on college student alcohol use, and social influences on the self-concept. Ichiyama is a licensed psychologist in California and active member of the National Register of Health Service Providers.
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, Clinical Psychology
M.A., University of Cincinnati, Clinical Psychology
B.A., California State University, Fresno; Psychology
Former Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry Alcohol Research Center
Scholarly and Creative Work
Dr. Ichiyama’s recent research has focused on the investigation of risk and protective factors related to heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems among university students with an emphasis on incoming freshmen and their transition to college. He was the principal investigator on a NIH-NIAAA research grant (#U18AA15631) entitled the University of San Diego Freshmen Research Initiative. The main objective of this project was to evaluate the efficacy of a parent-based intervention in the prevention and reduction of problem drinking in matriculating college freshmen. Dr. Ichiyama’s other research interest is in the study of social and cultural influences on the self-concept. His peer-reviewed scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Psychological Inquiry, Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, and the International Journal of Small Group Research.
Dr. Ichiyama has taught a variety of upper division courses at USD, including abnormal psychology, theories of personality, multicultural psychology, and contemporary topics in personality theory and research. He provides instruction and supervision in applied experiences for psychology majors through the internship in psychology course and also mentors psychology majors in collaborative and independent research projects. Ichiyama developed the first peer counseling course at USD and helped to create the USD Peer Advising Program.