Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Education, College of Staten Island, Dr. Someki worked as a university faculty member and certified clinical psychologist in Japan. One of the projects she led was the development of the Japanese version of several North American psychological scales (e.g., Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scales: CAARS, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition: VABS-II) with a focus on ensuring its cultural validity. Her ongoing research projects include investigation of cultural validity of adapted/standardized assessment scales, improving educational assessment practices in juvenile justice setting and, in collaboration with researchers in Japan, cultural perspectives of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and its stigma in society. As a former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Someki believes in the importance of understanding and embracing diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds to truly understand all students.

Dr. Someki has rich experiences both in the United States and Japan in assessing and providing services for students with disabilities, such as ASD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Her work on assessment also includes the translation of books on assessment, such as "Essentials of Assessment Report Writing," written by her mentor, Dr. Alan Kaufman (Yale University). Dr. Someki believes that solid assessment (both formal and informal) holds the key to developing effective individual education plans (IEPs) and intervention planning for all students.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Educational Psychology

M.Ed., Tokyo Gakugei University (Japan), School Education

B.A., Waseda University (Japan), Human Sciences

Special Education Licensure (Emotional/Behavior Disorders), Minnesota

Scholarship / Publications

Selected Publications (English publications only):
Someki, F., Ohnishi, M., Vejdemo-Johansson, M. & Nakamura, K. (2019). Reliability, validity, factor structure and measurement invariance of the Japanese Conners' Adult ADHD Rating Scales (CAARS). Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment,1-13. doi:10.1177/0734282919842030

Gillespie-Lynch, K., Daou, N., Ruiz, M. J. S., Kapp, S. K., Obeid, R., Brooks, P. J., Someki, F., Silton, N., & Abi-Habib, R. (2019). Factors underlying cross-cultural differences in stigma towards autism among college students in Lebanon and the United States. Autism: Journal of Research and Practice, 1-14. doi:10.1177/1362361318823550

Someki, F., Torii, M., Brooks, P. J., Koeda, T., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2018). Stigma associated with autism among college students in Japan and the United States: An online training study. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 76, 88-98. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2018.02.016

Gillespie-Lynch, K., Brooks, P. J., Someki, F., Obeid, R., Shane-Simpson, C., Kapp, S. K., Daou, N., & Smith, D. S. (2015). Changing college students’ conceptions of autism spectrum disorders (ASD): Potential benefits of online training in terms of knowledge and stigma associated with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(8), 2553-2556. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2422-9

Noda, W., Ito, H., Fujita, C., Ohnishi, M., Takayanagi, N., Someki, F., et al. (2013). Examining the relationships between attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and developmental coordination disorder symptoms, and writing performance in Japanese second grade students. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2909-2916.

Kawakami, C., Ohnishi, M., Sugiyama, T., Someki, F., Nakamura, K., & Tsujii, M. (2012). The risk factors for criminal behaviour in high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASDs): A comparison of childhood adversities between individuals with HFASDs who exhibit criminal behaviour and those with HFASD and no criminal histories. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 949–957. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2011.12.005

Jitendra, A. K., Star, J. R., Rodriguez, M., Lindell, M., & Someki, F. (2011). Improving students’ proportional thinking using schema-based instruction. Learning and Instruction, 21, 731-745. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2011.04.002

Someki, F., & Burns, K. B. (2009). Measuring student response to stimulant medication: A meta-analytic review. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 388-396. doi: 10.1002/pits.20383
Selected Assessment Tool Developments and Translations (English to Japanese):
Nakamura, K. (Ed.), Someki, F., & Ohnishi, M. (Eds. & Trans.). (2012). CAARS manyuaru [Japanese Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scales Manual]. Tokyo, Japan: Kaneko Shobo. (Adapted from Conners’ Adult ADHD Rating Scales (CAARS), by C. K. Conners, D. Erhardt, & E. Sparrow, North Tonawanda, NY: MHS)

Nakamura, K. (Ed.), Someki, F., & Ohnishi, M. (Eds. & Trans.). (2012). CAADID manyuaru [Japanese Conners’ Adult ADHD Diagnostic Interview for DSM-IV Manual]. Tokyo, Japan: Kaneko Shobo. (Adapted from Conners’ Adult ADHD Diagnostic Interview for DSM-IV (CAADID), by J. Epstein, D. E. Johnson, & C. K. Conners, 2001, North Tonawanda, NY: MHS)

Tsujii, M., Murakami, T., Someki, F., Kuroda, M., Hagiwara, T., Yukihiro, R., et al. (2014). Vainrando-II tekiou koudou shakudo manyuaru [Japanese Vineland-II Adaptive Behavior Scales Manual]. Tokyo, Japan: Nihon-Bunka Kagakusha. (Adapted from Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition, by S. S. Sparrow, D. V. Cicchetti & D. A. Balla, 2005, San Antonio, TX: Pearson)
Selected Presentations/Symposiums (English presentations only):
Someki, F., & Allen, D. (Accepted, expected in February 2020). How do teachers of incarcerated youth conceptualize assessment? Oral presentation at the 2020 Annual Meeting for the Council for Exceptional Children, Portland, OR.

Someki, F., & Allen, D. (2019, April). Reframing assessment as relational: How Do Teachers of Incarcerated Youth Understand and Operationalize Assessment? Paper will be presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Torii, M., & Someki, F. (2017, May). Positive contact decreases stigma associated with autism spectrum disorder: Study through interviews with Japanese high school students. Paper presented at the 2017 International Meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco, CA.

Ohnishi, M., & Someki, F. (2016, July). A comparison of Japanese and North American data of adult ADHD symptoms: Findings from the standardization process of the Japanese version of the Conners' Adult ADHD Rating Scales (CAARS). In T. Takahashi (Chair), Cultural impact on the assessment of individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), learning disabilities (LD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Symposium conducted at the 31st International Congress of Psychology 2016, Yokohama, Japan.

Someki, F., Torii, M., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2016, May). Social desirability, collectivism/ individualism and stigma towards individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Japanese and American college students. Paper presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Obeid, R., Someki, F., Daou, N., Brooks, P. J., DeNigris, D., Shane-Simpson, C., Torii, M., Kapp, S., & Gillespie-Lynch, K. (2016, March). Changing college students’ conceptions of ASD: An online training about ASD is associated with increased knowledge and decreased stigma in the US, Lebanon and Japan. In K. Gillespie-Lynch (Chair), Developing evidence-based supports for autistic college students: Insights from a multi-site collaboration. Applied Symposium conducted at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.

Someki, F., Ito, H., Nakajima, S., Mochizuki, N., Noda, W., Takayanagi, N., & Tsujii, M. (2013, May). Sensitivity of screening toddlers at risk of autism spectrum disorders using M-CHAT through mandatory health checkups at 18 and 36 months in Japan. Presented orally at the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research, San Sebastian, Spain.

Someki, F., Chang, P. N., & Jitendra, A. (2013, April). Executive function deficits among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with and without fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Someki, F., Miyachi, T., Tsuchiya, K. J., Matsumoto, K., Seno, Y., Nakajima, S., & Tsujii, M. (2012, May). Prospective case study of siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders in Japan. Paper presented at the 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto, Canada.