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Taylor Mizuno-Moore

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Bio

Queer-identified psychotherapist and Doctoral Student at the University of Southern California dedicated to the decolonization of mental health resources. A graduate of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program from Northwestern University. Experienced in Clinical and Social Psychology research. Skilled in Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, and Group Relations.

Education

Northwestern University

Master's degree program
2016 - 2019
  • Majors:
    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology

University of California-Irvine

Bachelor's degree program
2013 - 2015
  • Majors:
    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

El Camino Community College District

Associate's degree program
2009 - 2013
  • Majors:
    • Biological and Physical Sciences

Mira Costa High

High School
2002 - 2006

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Clinical Director

      Research

      • Social Psychology

        Social Cognition Intergroup Processes Lab — Research Assistant
        2019 – 2021

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Volunteering

      Philanthropy

      Entrepreneurship

      Bervell Health Equity Scholarship
      According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 83% of clinicians providing mental health services identify as white, while less than 2% of clinicians identify as Black/African-American. It has also been reported that the total number of individuals seeking mental health services has increased by 52% since 2019, with 78% reporting a decline in their mental health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The APA also reports that the Black/African-American population is twice as likely to struggle with severe mental illness and 7.3 times more likely to live in neighborhoods without mental health support. According to the American Counseling Association (ACA), distrust in the health care system and lack of diversity among mental health care providers are the leading reasons minority groups do not seek mental health services. As I sit and write this essay, I am simultaneously processing the content of the once-a-month clinic meeting I attend for all clinicians at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. An older, white, male clinician presented on how a $250,000 grant has been used to help facilitate conversations in family systems related to mental health via 16 instructional videos. The videos selected to justify the expense all displayed a white, heteronormative, English-speaking, familial system. I am frustrated, but not surprised, that $250,000 was spent for further advocacy of the needs of this population. The cultural norms exemplified in these videos do not apply to diverse populations. This is a manifestation of systemic leadership becoming an echo chamber of white, cis-gendered, heteronormative voices and experiences. Unsurprisingly, mental health clinicians are educated and trained in academic settings using data that is dominantly informed by this population. Underrepresented groups and people of color do not experience mental health and the world in the same way. The training clinicians receive does not address the needs of underrepresented populations. Until the discrepancy in the educational system is addressed, mental health will continue to underserve the marginalized population. While this is one example of a worldwide issue, it is an acutely American issue. I am currently the only Japanese-American clinician on staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University out of 100 clinicians. 25.5% of undergraduate students admitted to Northwestern University identify as Asian-American. This speaks to how difficult it is to attack and execute change within a system through the lens of a minority individual. Beginning September 1st, I will transition to a Clinical Director role in a private practice led by an all-queer team of clinicians. My priority in this role is to use the organizational change and leadership skillset I will obtain at USC to implement systemic change to better meet the needs of minority populations seeking mental health services. I hope to bring awareness to inclusivity, advocate for the needs of diverse populations, and educate other mental health organizations on how to overcome the challenges and systemic pitfalls impairing the quality of mental health services while offering concrete steps for improvement and change.