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Lucy Takagi

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. Dr. Takagi has worked clinically with inner-city, ethnically, financially and culturally diverse populations and with adult and child victims of sexual abuse. She 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, in NYS, registered to practice telehealth in FL, and has the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) through PsyPact. She was 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 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 and was signed into law on December 14, 2020 by Governor Murphy (S2582/A543 (

Dr. Takagi has also advocated and testified representing NJPA for the PsyPact Law, signed by Governor Murphy on September 24, 2021, A4505/S2506, entering NJ into Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (

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, a group that authored and supported the PTSD Petition ( The petition has gathered over 57,000 signatures.

From September 2023 until December 2023, Dr. Takagi became an Affiliate Member of the United Nations (UN) Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). As a SPSSI Affiliate member, she participated in the Psychology Coalition (PCUN) meetings, attended and became a rapporteur for the "Peace, Human Security and Sustainability of People and the Planet" Conference on 09/07/23 hosted and organized by the Conference of NGOs (CoNGO) at the United Nations.

Since January 2011, Dr. Takagi has been teaching at MSU Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy. In 2023, she was nominated to become the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) for the Child Advocacy graduate program. As such, she developed a Graduate Student Handbook, is leading the refresh of the Online MA Program in Child Advocacy and Policy, in addition to reviewing applications, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses full-time, addressing student issues and collaborating with the MSU Graduate School.

In 2021, Dr. Takagi received the "Outstanding Psychologist Award" in a State Provincial or Territorial Psychological Association given by the American Psychological Association Division 31. In 2022, Dr. Takagi also received the "Psychologist of the Year Award" from the NJ Psychological Association for her leadership and advocacy for psychology during the Covid pandemic. In 2024, she was the recipient of the Peterson Award by the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. This award is presented to an alumna/alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to professional psychology.


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