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Clinical Specialist, Social Work and Child Advocacy
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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 in May, ,2006.
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 done assessments and treatments of victims impacted by abuse and neglect. She has testified as an expert and fact witness in New Jersey’s civil courts. Dr. Takagi has also worked forensically, evaluating undocumented immigrants applying for documentation. Currently, she paused her forensic work, and is only doing clinical adult work because of her other work commitments.
Dr. Takagi is a licensed psychologist in NJ and in NYS. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); a member of the APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Links to an external site.)); a member of the APA Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women (Links to an external site.)); a member of the APA Division 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (Links to an external site.)); a member of the APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Links to an external site.); a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA); a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a member of the Latino Mental Health Association of NJ (LMHANJ).
Dr. Takagi is the 2020 President of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA); 2019-2021 elected Member at Large (MAL) of the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee of State Leaders (CSL); 2019 Past-President of the Essex County Association of Psychologists (EUCAP), and a Past-President of the GSAPP Alumni Association at Rutgers University.
In NJPA, Dr. Takagi co-chaired a Task Force in 2017 on the needs of Early Career Psychologists (ECP) and Permit Holders in NJ. This Task Force eventually led to the formation of the NJPA ECP Committee which advocated for changes in the NJ Licensing Law, now under revision in the NJ legislature. NJPA was recognized through a plaque from the American Psychological Association (APA) for "Efforts to Count Practicum Hours for Licensure" in 2018.
In 2019, Dr. Takagi testified in the NJ Regulated Professions Committee In Trenton for Bill # 5307, revising psychologists training requirement for licensure. She again testified on the same Bill in 2020 for the NJ Assembly. The Bill was unanimously passed both times. Additionally, in December 2017, Dr. Takagi and five other psychologists from NJPA, crafted a letter protesting the exclusion of psychodynamic and other psychological treatments from the list of effective treatments in the APA Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD. Her letter, co-authored by a group affectionately known as the "NJ6", eventually led to the development of the Alliance for the Inclusive Integration of Science and Practice in Psychology (Links to an external site.), a group that authored and supported the PTSD Petition ((https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/480/492/776/?cid=headerClick (Links to an external site.)) (Links to an external site.)). The petition has gathered over 57,000 signatures.
Dr. Takagi has been teaching at MSU Center for Child Advocacy and Policy in the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy since 2011.
Lucy Sant'Anna Takagi, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, NJ and NYS
2020 President New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA)
2019-2021 Member at Large of American Psychological Association (APA) Committee of State Leaders (CSL)
Past President Essex-Union County Association of Psychologists (EUCAP)
Past President GSAPP Alumni Organization
Center for Child Advocacy and Policy
Montclair State University Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy
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