School of Education and Human Development

Naoko "Yura" Yasui Ph.D., CRC

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Office Location

400 Bailey Hall



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan


Yasui began her career working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing counseling and support services through community outreach in the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She served as a consultant to family caregivers and professional service providers also on best practices in supporting individuals with these disabilities. As she met with people in their homes, schools, workplaces, and other places in which people live their lives, integration of people with diverse backgrounds in community settings became her focus in clinical service and research. Since then, she provided outreach services for individuals with psychiatric disabilities in the Program of Assertive Community Treatment in Madison, WI, and conducted neuropsychological evaluation in Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI. At the University of Washington Seattle, she sought clinical training in dialectical behavior therapy, while providing program evaluation and consultation for community mental health agencies.

In her teaching and research, Yasui continues to explore the significance of community in people’s lives and integration of people with diverse backgrounds. Since joining the USM community, she has found a niche in growing effective in facilitating service-learning in courses on community-related topics, such as medical and psychological aspects of disability, multicultural counseling, and professional issues in mental health counseling, in which her interest can be fused with community members’ and students’ interests.