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Joseph A. Kumi

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  • Certificate, Critical Issues in Urban Special Education, Harvard University
  • Certificate, Ethnic Minority Mental Health, University of Washington
  • MSW (Clinical), Florida State University
  • BA, Providence College‚Äč


Prior to joining the School of Social Work in the fall of 2005, Mr. Kumi taught advanced family therapy and other advanced practice courses at the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle, Washington. While teaching full time in Seattle, he maintained a psychotherapy private practice and also worked as a mental health consultant to the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in a secure custody setting for incarcerated juveniles with mental health diagnoses. His prior professional experience of over twenty years consists of direct service experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings and increasingly responsible management positions as a clinical program director, special education program administrator, clinical supervisor of school-based mental health services, rural health clinic manager, and a health policy analyst. 
Research Interests
  • Multicultural mental health assessment, multisystemic intervention and consultation
  • Effectiveness of school-based treatment interventions
  • Family and couples therapy
  • Child and adolescent development and treatment; juvenile delinquency issues
  • African/African American families; refugee and immigrant families and their educational achievement
  • Trauma intervention
  • HIV/AIDS prevention/education
  • Social justice, oppression, international social work and literacy