Dr. Takagi earned her Master’s in Educational Psychology with a concentration on Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University in 1999. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. She has worked clinically with inner-city, ethnically, financially and culturally diverse populations and with adult and child victims of sexual abuse. Dr. Takagi is a trained forensic evaluator and has worked at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey doing assessment and treatment of children and families impacted by allegations of abuse and/ or neglect. Additionally, she has also worked as an extern during her doctoral training at the Metropolitan Regional Child Abuse Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Newark, New Jersey. She has testified as an expert and fact witness in New Jersey’s civil courts. Dr. Takagi is a licensed psychologist in NJ and in NY. She is also a Past-President of the GSAPP Alumni Association at Rutgers University; a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); a member of the Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of APA; a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA); a member of the Essex and Union County Association of Psychologists (EUCAP); a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a member of the Latino Psychological Association of NJ (LPANJ). Currently, she is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association's Ethics Education and Resource Committee; is the recipient of the 2013 Grace Smith Award for service given to GSAPP and its Alumni Organization; works with children, adolescents and adults in her private practice in Cedar Grove, New Jersey and with the Portuguese-speaking community in the Ironbound section of Newark. Dr. Takagi has been a Professor at MSU since the Spring of 2011.