COE: Yuima Mizutani
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Dr. Yuima Mizutani(She/Her/Hers) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from J.F. Oberlin University in Japan and her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri, St. Louis  After finishing her Master's and working for a year as a nutrition associate at UM Extension, she returned the University of Missouri, St. Louis to pursue her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education. During her doctoral program, she worked as a counselor at various sites in St. Louis, MO. She has worked at several NPOs to support families and children from the marginalized community as well as immigrants and refugees. She also worked at a higher education institute to support students at university, including international students. She is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. 

At the University of Missouri, St. Louis, she teaches courses of Field Experience, Group Counseling, Counseling Women toward Empowerment, Multicultural Counseling, and Helping Relationship Skills. 

Her research interests include the development of teaching and professional identity in counselor educators with international backgrounds, identity development among bi/multi-cultural/racial individuals, Third Culture Kids and their parents, Asians and Asian Americans, immigrants/refugees, and international students. She has experimented on several qualitative methods including phenomenology, photovoice, and duo-ethnography. 

Selected publications:

Mizutani Y. (2020). Searching for a "home": Examining the experiences of Confucian Asian college students with third culture kid backgrounds (28153144). [Doctoral dissertation, University of Missouri - St. Louis]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.