Areas of Focus:
Evaluation and Treatment of Diverse and Marginalized Populations
- B.A. Psychology, Chaminade University, 1996.
- M.A. Clinical Psychology, The Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, 1998.
- Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, 2001.
Dr. Awana received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (HSPP). Her area of specialization is in diversity, which includes Pacific and Asian populations, marginalized populations, psychology of women, and spirituality. She is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at HSPP. Dr. Awana teaches courses on a wide range of topics, including the evaluation and treatment of diverse populations, clinical interviewing, advanced experiential and humanistic existential psychotherapy, transpersonal psychology, psychology of women, and intervention practicum seminar. She is a member of several committees, including the Curriculum Committee and the Diversity Committee. Additionally, she is the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee as well as the Faculty Review Committee. Dr. Awana's professional activities include training mental health professionals and providing community and professional presentations. Her clinical experiences included working with children, adolescents, adults and families in Hawaiʻi. She consults with local agencies in Hawaiʻi regarding mental health issues and also conducts sessions and seminars regarding spiritual and transpersonal development. In 2011, she collaborated with 2 psychologists in writing a chapter called “Transformation through our Circle of Fire” for an American Psychological Association (APA) book on ethnic minority women and spirituality. In 2004, Dr. Awana received the Outstanding Teacher of Psychology Award from the Hawaiʻi Psychological Association. That same year she was named Honolulu Community Member of the Year at Argosy University. She is a member of the Hawaiʻi Psychological Association and the APA.
- Evaluation and Treatment of Diverse and Marginalized Populations.
- Psychology of Women.
- Treatment of Asian and Pacific Islanders.
- Transpersonal Psychology Theory and Therapy.
- American Psychological Association.
- Hawai'i Psychological Association.
- Awana, Y.N. (2006, November). Love and forgiveness. Hawai'i Psychological Association 2006 Annual Convention.
- Awana, Y.N. (2006, November). Cultural differences. Hawai'i Psychological Association Office.
- Awana, Y.N. (2008, January). Person centered-care for the therapist: Loving yourself through the art of forgiveness.
- Awana, Y.N., Davis, F., Johnson, S., Pacheco III, E., & Park, C. L. (2010, October). Transpersonal vision: Celebrating the love within. Hawai'i Psychological Association Annual Convention.
- Awana, Y.N. (2010, November). Doctor heal thyself workshop. Argosy University, Hawai'i.