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Satoko Kimpara, PhD


Clinical Supervisor & Interim Assistant Director

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PhD & MS Clinical Psychology: Palo Alto University
MS Counseling: Oregon State University
BA Yokohama National University, Japan


Dr. Kimpara graduated from Yokohama National University, Japan, received her master’s in counseling psychology from Oregon State University, her master’s and doctoral in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University (PAU). She trained at the Shyness Clinic supported by PAU and Stanford University, and completed her internship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Counseling Wellness Services and her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Adolescent Alcohol & Drug Program in San Jose, California.

Dr. Kimpara is a licensed psychologist (CA). She has been a researcher and clinician at several behavioral health clinics that specialize in treating minority populations in Northern California. She has worked both with the Japanese Association of Health Psychology and Division 52 (International Psychology) of American Psychological Association (APA) to develop intercultural awareness, transcultural clinical psychology training programs, and to develop international research programs that foster culture-sensitive interventions.

She has published on patient-treatment fit and matching and is skilled in the Systematic Treatment Selection (STS) approach to enhancing and optimizing psychotherapy outcome/process. Her research interests include the STS cross-cultural studies.

Selected Publications:

Beutler L. E. & Kimpara, S. (In preparation). Conducting Evidence-Driven, Principle-Based Psychotherapy. NY: Oxford University Press.

Kimpara, S, & Aoki, K. (In Process). Japanese version of Prescriptive Psychotherapy (Beutler & Harwood). Tokyo: Fukumura Publisher.

Kimpara, S. (2022). Psychological recovery for firefighters in their daily lives. In T. Tanaka, Practical Application: Health Psychology. Tokyo: Kitaouji Publisher.

Stein, M., Beutler, L. E., Kimpara, S., Hang, N., Somoeh, K., Edward, C. & Macias, S. (2021). Casting and Advocacy Model of Training Helpers: Principle-Based Supervision in a Training Clinic to Strengthen Health and Well-being. In A. DiFabio, Cross-cultural Perspectives on Wellbeing and Sustainability in Organizations. (pp. 37 - 52). Springer Nature Switzerland. AG.

Kimpara, S. (2021). Effectiveness of Two Different Treatment Models and Coping Styles (Extravert and Introvert) in Systematic Treatment Selections (STS) and Their Potential Role in Western and Eastern Cultures. Journal of Health Psychology Research, 33, Special Issue, 271-278.

Kimpara, S., Goodmann, D., & Faerman, A. (2021). Feedback, Stress, and Physical Symptoms, Following an 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Class in Japan: A Pilot Study. Journal of Health Psychology Research, 33, Special Issue, 203-210.

Katayanagi, A., Nakajima, S., & Kimpara, S. (2020). Health and Behavioral Medicine: Interventions of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In Y, Tanno (ed), Textbook of Japanese National MH License, Health Psychology. Tokyo:Toumi Publisher.

Chen, H., Wang, L., Kimpara, S., & Beutler, L. E. (2019). An Integrative Model of Systematic Treatment Selection: Assessment & Cross-cultural Consideration in Taiwan. In A. Di Fabio, Positive psychology for healthy organizations: the challenge of primary prevention in a cross-cultural perspective(pp17-36). New York: Nova Science Book.

Beutler, L.E., Edward, C., Kimpara, S. & Miller, K. (2019) Coping Styles. In J. Norcross & J. Wampold (Eds), Psychotherapy Relationship That Works (3rd Volume). NY: Oxford University Press.

Kimpara, S. (2019). What do you think about Cognitive Behavioral Therapies from perspectives of Systematic Treatment Selection? In Y. Ono, & H. Shmoyama (eds), Textbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for Nationally Licensed Clinicians. Tokyo: Kongo Publisher.

Beutler, L.E., Kimpara, S., Edward, C., & Miller, K. (2018). Fitting Psychotherapy to Patient Coping Style: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(11), 1980-1995. Retrieved from

Kimpara, S. Lenore, S., & Beutler, L. E. (2017). Resistance/Reactance. In V. Zegler-Hill, and T. K. Shackelford (Eds), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York, NY: Springer Publisher

Bussolari, C., Habrth, J., Kimpara, S, Katz, R., Carlos, F., Chow, A, Osada, H., Osada, Y., Carmack, B. J., Field, N. P., Packman, W. (2017). Posttraumatic Growth Following the Loss of a Pet: A Cross Cultural Comparison Among North America, Canada, Hong Kong, and Japan. Journal of Death and Dying, 1-19.

Kimpara, S., Holt, H., & Beutler, L. E. (2016). Client, therapist, and treatment variables Client-therapist “matching.” In S. Maltizman,(Ed), the Oxford Handbook of Treatment Processes and Outcomes: A Multidisciplinary, Biopsychosocial Approach, pp 157-182. NY: Oxford University Press.

Beutler, L. E, Somoeh, K., Kimpara, S., & Miller K. (2016). Selecting the most appropriate treatment to each patient. International Journal of Clinical Health Psychology, 1, 99-108.

Holt, H., Beutler, L.E., Kimpara, S., Macias, S., Haug, N., Shiloff, N., Temkin, R., & Stein, M. (2015). Evidence-based Supervision: Tracking Outcome and Teaching Principles of Change in Clinical Supervision to Bring Science to Integrative Practice. Psychotherapy, 52(2):185-9.