Michiyo   Hirai

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABN 352
Phone: (956) 665-2638
Email: michiyo.hirai@utrgv.edu

Dr. Michiyo Hirai





Selected Publications


  • Jason Popan, J Acosta, and Michiyo Hirai. "Latinos’ Intergroup Contact and Prejudice in the United States," Hauppauge, NY: NOVA, 2018.

  • Michiyo Hirai and Serkan Dolma. "Machismo predicts prejudice toward lesbian and gay individuals in a Latino sample: testing a mediating role of contact," Sexuality Research and Social Policy (2017).

  • Michiyo Hirai, Laura Vernon, and George Clum. "Factor structure and administration measurement invariance of the Beliefs toward Mental Illness Scale in Latino college samples: paper-pencil vs. internet administrations," Assessment (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2016).

  • Michiyo Hirai, Laura Vernon, Jason Popan, and George Clum. "Acculturation and enculturation, stigma towards psychological disorders, and treatment preferences in a Mexican American sample: the role of education in reducing stigma," Journal of Latina/o Psychology (May 2015).

  • Michiyo Hirai, Mark Winkel, and Jason Popan. "The role of machismo in prejudice toward lesbians and gay men: personality traits as moderators," Personality and Individual Differences (November 2014): 105-110.

  • S. Skidmore, L. Zientek, J. Combs, M. Fuller, Michiyo Hirai, D. Price, and G. Moore. "A Systematic Review (UCJC-2013-0019)," Community College Journal of Research and Practice (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2014).

  • Michiyo Hirai, S. Skidmore, G. Clum, and S. Dolma. "An investigation of the efficacy of online expressive writing among Hispanic individuals," Behavior Therapy 43, (2012): 812-824.

  • L. Vernon and Michiyo Hirai. "Considering ethnicity and gender effects in disgust propensity and spider and snake phobia: comparing Asian Americans and European Americans," Journal of Experimental Psychopathology 3, (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2012): 409-422.

  • L. Vernon and Michiyo Hirai. "Chapter 5: Trait anxiety and trait disgust in spider phobia," Advances in Psychology Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Vol. 87, 2011.

  • Michiyo Hirai, L. Vernon, G. Clum, and S. Skidmore. "Psychometric properties and administration easurement invariance of social phobia symptom measures: paper-pencil vs. internet administrations," Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 33, (2011): 470-479.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Michiyo Hirai. Faculty Travel Support Program, $600.00 (January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017)

  • Michiyo Hirai. STEM ADVANCE Summer Writing Retreat, NSF, $3,000.00 (2017 - 2017)

  • Michiyo Hirai. STEM ADVANCE Associate to Full Professor Program, $500.00 (January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017)

  • Michiyo Hirai. STEM ADVANCE Graduate Assistant Support Program , $10,000.00 (January 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017)

  • Michiyo Hirai. Faculty Travel Support Program, $600.00 (January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016)

  • Michiyo Hirai. Summer Writing Program, $500.00 (January 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016)

  • Michiyo Hirai. Undergraduate Research Initiative Award, $1,996.00 (2014 - 2014)

  • Michiyo Hirai. Developing Successful Mentor Relationships, UTPA, $500.00 (October 2011)

  • Michiyo Hirai. Faculty Development Council Award, $1,500.00 ( 2010)

  • Michiyo Hirai. Faculty Research Council Award, $4,065.00 ( 2010)



Selected Presentations


  • D. Dials and Michiyo Hirai. "Acculturation as a moderator of the relationship between obsessive-compulsive and disgust propensity in a Hispanic sample.," 51th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego (November 2017)

  • R. Charak, Michiyo Hirai, T. Smith, J. Ruiz, J. Dietch, and D. Taylor. "Assessing the dimensionality of posttraumatic stress disorder and its association with insomnia," 51th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego (November 2017)

  • D. Dials, Michiyo Hirai, J Ruiz, and T Smith. "Perceived social support is associated with severity of trauma symptoms in female victims of sexual assault: coping as a mediator and ethnicity as a moderator.," 51th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego (November 2017)

  • M Flores, J Ruiz, C Goans, Michiyo Hirai, E Buttler, M Hirai, and T Smith. "Ethnic Differences in Social Networks and Support: Measurement Considerations, and Implications for Disparities Research," 38th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego (March 2017)

  • Nazli Rodriguez and Michiyo Hirai. "Gender differences in panic symptoms in a Hispanic sample: the role of stress and enculturation," 50th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York (October 2016)

  • Christian Goans, John Ruiz, J. Hook, Michiyo Hirai, and Timothy Smith. "Racial/Ethnic differences in social support," 50th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York (October 2016)

  • Nazli Rodriguez and Michiyo Hirai. "Sexual re-victimization predicting avoidance behavior and negative self-perceptions. ," 50th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York (October 2016)

  • Andrew Dials and Michiyo Hirai. "The relation between anxiety sensitivity, trauma symptoms, and negative emotional experiences in Latina/o sexual assault victims," 50th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York (October 2016)

  • Andrew Dials and Michiyo Hirai. "The Relation between Anxiety Sensitivity, Trauma Symptoms, and Negative Emotional Experiences in Latina/o Sexual Assault Victims," Engaged Scholar Symposium of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, UTRGV, Edinburg, TX (April 2016)

  • Nazli Rodriguez and Michiyo Hirai. "Gender differences in panic symptoms: the role of stress and enculturation," The annual conference of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas (April 2016)

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