Division of Expressive Therapies
Professional Title: Assistant Professor of Expressive Therapies
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Embodied, artistic analysis in qualitative research; community building and reconciliation through the use of performative arts; developing an approach to assist with the professional development of DMT practitioners.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Dance/Movement Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: ▪ Examining Power, Privilege, and Oppression in Clinical Practice ▪ Research and Evaluation ▪ Thesis Seminar ▪ Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice I & II ▪ Clinical Skills and Applications ▪ Orientation to Expressive Therapies ▪ Psychopathology ▪ Supervision I
Education: B.A., International Relations, International Christian University (Tokyo); M.A., Somatic Counseling Psychology, Naropa University; Ph.D., Expressive Therapies, Lesley University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Peer-Reviewed Presentations“Dance/Movement Therapy as an Embodied-Artistic Approach to Qualitatively Analyzing Interviews.” American Dance Therapy Association Annual [Conference], (October 20-23, 2016), Washington, DC.“American Academic Norms: A Primer.” International Student Orientation, September 2, 2016, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.“Cross Discipline Classroom Activities that Foster Inclusion.” Faculty Development Day: Fostering Cultural Responsiveness and Inclusivity in Our Classrooms, May 26, 2016, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.“Dance/Movement Therapy as an Embodied-Artistic Approach to Analyzing Qualitative Interview Data.” New England American Dance Therapy Association [Conference], April 2, 2016, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.“Addressing Non-verbal Biases in Clinical Practice and Supervision.” Clinical Instructors Continuing Education Seminar, November 20, 2015, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.Embodied Arts Therapies and Ritual as Transcultural Practices, Expressive Therapies Summit, November 7-10, 2013, New York, NY.Building Connections through a Hiroshima Memorial, American Dance Therapy Association Annual Conference, October 24-27, 2013, Brooklyn, NY.Improvised Dance-Music as Emotional Reflections of the Participants’ Experiences of a Hiroshima Memorial, Arts in Healthcare Conference, November 9-10, 2012, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.Dance/Movement Therapy as Radical Approach to Community Building, American Dance Therapy Association Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2011, Minneapolis, MN.Research ExperienceDeveloping an Embodied Form of Data Analysis for Qualitative Interviews (Dissertation in progress), as Lead Researcher (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robyn Flaum Cruz). Awarded the Lesley University Research Fellowship (2015)Embodied Arts and Communal Ritual (2012-2013), as Lead Researcher (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robyn Flaum Cruz) for a pilot study on the benefits and limitations of a dance/movement therapy ritual for new professionals in the fieldThe Importance of Making Art for the Creative Arts Therapist: An Artistic Inquiry (2005), as Co- Researcher (Lead Researcher: Corinna Brown)Relational Differences between Japanese and American Women: Implications for Dance/Movement Therapy as Lead Researcher (Master’s Thesis, Faculty Advisor: Amber Gray). Awarded the Honors Scholarship (2002) and Naropa Grant (2002, 2003)
Fun Facts: Born in Japan, Dr. Kawano grew up traversing four different continents and many more cultures speaking Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and English (American and British). Japanese was the language used in her household. She lived off the grid for three years after too much urban living. Dr. Kawano has an advanced certificate in pianoforte from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Great Britain, and loves to play ensemble music.
Dr. Kawano's upbringing prepared her to work interdisciplinarily, drawing from multiple sources of knowledge and forms of communication. Her diverse clinical experience includes working with acute inpatient psychiatric adults, inner-city teenagers, immigrant children of refugees, teenage sex offenders, and families and individual victims of domestic violence spanning ten years, as well as 5 years in educational settings ranging from local arts and wellness initiatives to higher education.In her clinical work as a dance/movement therapist, Dr. Kawano has been drawn to reconciliation and community building through group work, communal rituals and embodied performance, which are reflected in her research interests. It is her belief that while progress has been made to better understand the significance of the body and associated arts modalities across disciplines, efforts to align with the mainstream neuroscience paradigm may have undermined the expressive arts therapies' potential for deeper knowledge discovery.Dr. Kawano was awarded a research fellowship at Lesley for her study of a systematized embodied-artistic approach to the analysis of interviews to expand the understanding of narratives through and of the role of dance and the body. In addition to the benefits and limitations of embodiment as an analysis tool, the study yielded insights into the capacity of an embodied performance to communicate and represent research findings. It is hoped that such efforts will contribute to reevaluating positions of the artistic and the embodied in North American societies.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Ph.D. in Expressive Therapies
Graduate Certificate in Expressive TherapiesGraduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Play Therapy
Graduate Certificate in the Arts in Health
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Expressive Therapies
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