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Chikako Nagai

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

M.S.W. University of Washington, 1996
Ph.D. Smith College, 2007

Biographical Information

Dr. Nagai has many years of experience providing services to individuals, couples, and families as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has provided cultural consultation and training to mental health professionals in the position of Ethnic Minority, Children’s and Geriatric Mental Health Specialist. She has also been the supervisor of a community mental health program and has provided clinical supervision to clinicians and interns from various backgrounds. Prior to coming to California State University, Long Beach, she taught at Smith College, City University of Seattle, Antioch University in Seattle, and Seattle University as an adjunct faculty.  She is also certified as an EMDR therapist. Her interests are psychodynamic approaches combined with cognitive therapy, brief psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and spirituality in social work practice as well as multicultural issues related to ethnicity and race.

Current CV: Chikako Nagai

Chikako Nagai

Office Location: Social Sciences / Public Administration Building (SSPA) 135
Phone: (562) 985-8699
Fax: (562) 985-5514


  • Direct Interventions with Individuals and Families
  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health
  • Spirituality in Social Work Practice
  • Foundations for Generalist and Multicultural Practice
  • Thesis Advising


  • Community Mental Health
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Spirituality in Social Work
  • Multicultural Issues