Michiyo   Hirai

Associate Professor  

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

Dr. Michiyo Hirai





Selected Publications


  • Michiyo Hirai, Laura Vernon, and Serkan Dolma. "(online first) A gender invariant model of disgust propensity in blood-injection-injury phobia in Latina/o individuals," Psychology, Health, & Medicine (1-year impact factor; 1.589) (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018).

  • 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 (1-year impact factor: 3.197) 25, no. 6 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018): 759-768.

  • Michiyo Hirai, Serkan Dolma, Jason Popan, and Mark Winkel. "(online first) Machismo predicts prejudice toward lesbian and gay individuals in a Latino sample: testing a mediating role of contact," Sexuality Research and Social Policy (1-year impact factor: 1.806) (November 2017).

  • 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 (1-year impact factor: 1.375) 3, no. 2 (May 2015): 88-102.

  • Michiyo Hirai, S. Skidmore, G. Clum, and S. Dolma. "An investigation of the efficacy of online expressive writing among Hispanic individuals," Behavior Therapy (1-year impact factor: 3.228) 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 (1-year impact factor; 0.479) 3, (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2012): 409-422.

  • 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 (1-year impact factor; 1.792) 33, (2011): 470-479.

  • Michiyo Hirai and L. Vernon. "The role of disgust in blood-injection-injury phobia: comparisons between Asian Americans and Caucasian Americans," Cognition and Emotion (1-year impact factor; 2.563) 25, (2011): 1500-1509.

  • Michiyo Hirai, H. Cochran, J. Meyer, J. Butcher, L. Vernon, and E. Meadows. "A preliminary investigation of the efficacy of disgust exposure techniques in a subclinical population with blood and injection fears," Behaviour Change (1-year impact factor; 1.343) 35, (2008): 129-148.

  • Michiyo Hirai and G. Clum. "A meta-analytic study of self-help interventions for anxiety disorders," Behavior Therapy (1-year impact factor: 3.228) 37, (2006): 99-111.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


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

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

  • Michiyo Hirai. The South Texas Border Health Disparities Center Award, $11,640.00 ( 2010)



Selected Presentations


  • D. VIllarreal and Michiyo Hirai. "Gender differences in religious coping and anxiety control beliefs and their relationship to obsessive-compulsive symptomology in a Hispanic sample," Will be presented at the 52nd annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington D.C. (November 2018)

  • D. Dials and Michiyo Hirai. "Maladaptive coping associated with comorbid post-traumatic stress symptoms and social anxiety symptoms in a Hispanic sample," Will be presented at the 52nd annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington D.C. (November 2018)

  • D. Dials and Michiyo Hirai. "Maladaptive religious coping as a mediator in relation to resilience and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in a Hispanic sample," Will be presented at the 52nd annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington D.C. (November 2018)

  • K. Chacon, Laura Seligman, Joseph Hovey, Ruby Charak, and Michiyo Hirai. "The moderating effect of emotion on the relationship between anxiety and childhood obesity.," Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies., San Diego, CA (November 2017)

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

  • K. Chacon, R. Charak, Michiyo Hirai, J. Hovey, L. Seligman, "The moderating effect of emotional eating on the relationship between anxiety and childhood obesity. ," the 51st annual convention of 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," the 38th Annual Meeting of the 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," the 50th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York (October 2016)

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