Tomoyo Kawano, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Applied Psychology
Tomoyo Kawano, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT is an assistant professor in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Lesley University in the Division of Expressive Therapies at the Graduate School of Arts in Social Sciences. Born in Japan, Tomoyo grew up traversing four different continents and many more cultures, speaking Japanese, Spanish, Italian, and English (American and British). The amalgam of this background prepared her to work interdisciplinarily – drawing from multiple sources of knowledge and forms of verbal and non-verbal communication. Blending an MA in somatic counseling psychology from Naropa University, a Tibetan Buddhist institution in Boulder, CO with a BA in International Relations from a Christian one – International Christian University in Tokyo, was not that far-fetched. A constant in her life has been dance – it has always brought her home. She has been drawn to reconciliation and community building through group work, communal rituals, and embodied performance, and has been promoting social justice with Arts for Peace since ’98.
Tomoyo’s clinical and supervisory experience as a dance/movement therapist includes working with acute inpatient psychiatric adults, inner-city teenagers, immigrant children of refugees, teenage sex offenders, and victims of domestic/partner violence. She has two primary areas of research interests. One is dance epistemology: to better understand the potential for deeper knowledge discovery through the body and dance. She was awarded the research fellowship at Lesley University for her study of a systematized embodied-artistic approach for qualitatively analyzing textual data. Another is in diversity, inclusion, and privilege dynamics; focusing on formalizing their explication in the curricula. She is the faculty advisor for the tripartite Justice Leadership Council that is working to embed and institutionalize AUNE’s commitment to social justice by living its mission.
After too much urban living (NYC), Tomoyo and her Russian partner moved off-the-grid, living in straw bale clay yurts in Vermont for a number of years. She taught dance to young children and creative arts therapies and counseling courses to the Vermont community through the Vermont State Colleges system. Still in rural Vermont, she is mostly a home-body (cat-like) despite her travel history and prefers long walks in the woods and creative DIY projects repurposing discarded items she encounters in random places. In addition to being a dancer, she plays the piano (prefers ensemble music) and has an advanced certificate in pianoforte from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Great Britain