Yukiko Uchida is Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology at the Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University. Upon receiving her PhD in Social Psychology from Kyoto University in 2003, she started her academic career as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Michigan and Stanford University.
Since 2008, she has been based at the Kokoro Research Center and she has been a full Professor from 2019.
As a cultural psychologist, she studies the psychological mechanisms behind the experience of emotions like happiness. Her cross-cultural studies also examine how a participation in meaningful cultural practices fosters these psychological processes.
Dr Uchida was a 2019-20 Berggruen fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford University.