Emiko Iwata, M.A. | Faculty
International American University
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy; Northcentral University; San Diego, CA
B.S. in theology; Multnomah University; Portland, OR
Certificate, International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers College, Columbia University; New York, NY
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Emiko Iwata received her undergraduate degree in theology and possesses over 13 years of experience in ministry leadership roles, including youth ministry director, teacher, speaker, music leader, and pastoral search committee team member. After moving to New York, she completed a certificate program in conflict resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, which focused on increased awareness and prevention of international, organizational, community, and family injustice. During her academic career, she was honored as a chosen apprentice with the New York Peace Institute as a volunteer mediator, and was also a co-consultant and designer of a conflict management system for a non-profit organization of 150 staff. Professor Iwata also holds an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy in Northcentral University's California Licensure track where she studied psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories and approaches.
In 2016, Emiko moved back west to Los Angeles and was brought on at the Los Angeles LGBT Center--"the world's largest community health center serving the LGBTQ community." Since then, she has joined the mental health clinical staff within the STOP Violence Program where she conducts individual, group, and couples therapy. She also has been working with a team to develop and roll out the center’s first emergency housing grant and serves on the organization’s Communication project management panel.