Kumi Oya Adjunct Instructor Kumi Oya

Adjunct Lecturer
Transformative Studies
Transformative Inquiry Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

B.S. Kanazawa University

Kumi Oya, PhD, is an adjunct faculty member in the Transformative Studies doctoral program. Her area of focus and expertise is in dementia and dementia care, specifically person-centered and culturally humble care for people living with dementia. Her doctoral dissertation utilized narrative research as a methodology to explore the complex issues around culturally competent dementia care. Kumi has presented her academic work and research at international and local conferences and community meetings and symposiums both in Japan and the United States. Kumi is also a frequent guest lecturer for the occupational therapy program at Kanazawa University in Japan. She has had extensive experience working as a therapist, for over 10 years, using creative arts modalities with a diverse community of clients in a skilled nursing facility and Alzheimer’s residential facility in San Francisco. Kumi has facilitated numerous group and individual sessions. In addition, Kumi is a licensed occupational therapist in Japan, and has taught English for many years before becoming a therapist. Kumi’s framework also includes integrating person-centered care, cultural humility, cross-cultural communication, and inclusion into the work with clients and as intentional ways of informing and influencing systems of care. Attention to cultural sensitivity and awareness is especially a core value of hers and is linked to her research and life's work. Kumi is passionate about dance and movement and has choreographed several pieces for Tacoma City Ballet in Tacoma, Washington.

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