- B.F.A., Studio-Fine Arts, Department of Arts and Sciences, University of Hawai'i Manoa, 1979.
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate College of Psychological and Cultural Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995.
- (In progress) Attending the M.S.D.M. program, Chinese Medicine, Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, anticipated completion: Fall 2013.
Joy Tanji, Ph.D., was born and raised in upcountry Maui and moved to Windward Oʻahu in high school. She received a BFA (Studio-Fine Art) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Family and Couples Therapy). Dr. Tanji is currently cross-training in Asian medicine at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has training and work experience with diverse clients, in suicide crisis management, rehabilitation counseling, grief work, family and couple therapy, incest treatment, stress physiology and pain management (using eastern approaches). She also has training and experience in individual, group, and reflecting team clinical supervision.
- Qualitative Inquiry.
- Emotion focused therapy (individual, couple), couple and family systems therapy.
- Clinical supervision.
- American Psychological Association.
- American Counseling Association.
- Tanji, J.M. (1999). Capturing the process of family therapy as social meaning construction. In M. Kopala & L.A. Suzuki (Eds.), Answering questions: Using qualitative methods in applied psychology (pp. 163-173). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
- Tanji, J.M. (1997). A cross-cultural simulation. Workshop presented as part of the internship training program at Queen's Medical Center Professional Psychology Training Program, Honolulu, HI. Audience: psychologists and post doc and pre-doc psychology interns.
- Tanji, J.M. (2002. September). An introduction to clinical supervision. Workshop presented to the Psychology Department, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. Audience: psychologists and post doc and pre-doc psychology interns.
- Tanji, J.M. (2004, November). Mindfulness in trauma treatment. Workshop presented to the Sexual Abuse Treatment Center, Honolulu, HI. Audience: open to psychologists, social workers, residents, interns, and practicum students.
- Tanji, J.M. (2005, September). Emotion-focused couples therapy. Workshop presented to Behavioral Health Division, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu, HI. Audience: physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, residents, interns, and practicum students.
- Tanji, J.M. (2011, August). An introduction to qualitative inquiry. Invited workshop presented to the staff of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Honolulu, HI. Audience: research staff at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
- Tanji, J.M. (2002, December). Reflexive interviewing. Workshop presented at Casey Family Programs-Honolulu Division, Honolulu, HI. Audience: Clinical social workers.
- Tanji, J.M., Awana, Y.N., & Umphress, V.J. (2002, January). Seeking innovative ways to train students to be sensitive to issues of diversity: The public conversation model. Poster session for the Mid-Winter Conference of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.
- Tanji, J.M., & Awana, Y.N. (2003, October). Seeking innovative ways to develop faculty sensitivity to issues of diversity: The public conversation model. Poster session for the Winter 2003 Argosy University Conference, Washington, D.C.
- Tanji, J.M. (2004, July). Bridging the chasm of differences with constructive conversation: Seeking innovative ways to enhance students' and faculty's diversity skills. Symposium presented at the 112th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
- Tanji, J.M. (2006, October). Mindfulness in a hurried society. In R.M. Anderson, Y.N. Awana, M. Johnson, & J.M. Tanji, Spirituality, psychotherapy, and health. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the Hawaii Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.