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Assistant Lecturer (Teaching) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures+44 (0) 191 33 42457


My first degree was in Linguistics at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, and I completed MA and PhD in Applied Linguistics at University of East Anglia. Having worked as teaching associate in Japanese at the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield, I joined Durham University in 2021 and currently teach Japanese Language modules in the BA Japanese Studies programme. I convene Japanese Language 1A/2B (JPNS1062/2012). I also hold Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

My research interests include analysing health discourses on patient narratives, health inclusivity and accessibility, clinical empathy, person-centred communication in health and social care, neurodiversity, and public health messaging. My approach is grounded in sociolinguistics, ethnography, pragmatic functions, politeness theories, qualitative methodologies, and mixed methods. My work has been published as a monograph, Patient-centred Communication: Discourse of In-home Medical Consultations for Older Adults (Multilingual Matters) in the Language at Work series. I am also co-editor of Pandemic and Crisis Discourse: Communicating COVID-19 and Public Health Strategy (Bloomsbury).

I am currently working on a new book project and co-editing volumes, Healthcare, Language and Inclusivity (Routledge). I look at media discourses of health, focusing on the voices of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in the context of employment, social inclusion, and health in the UK and Japan. I am also working on a research project on goal setting in Japanese language teaching in the UK higher education context.

Research interests

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Health discourse
  • Japanese language and linguistics
  • Learning disabilities
  • Medical humanities
  • Neurodiversity
  • Person-centred communication


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