Tazuko Shibusawa

Associate Professor of Social Work
(212) 998-5943

Areas of Expertise

Clinical practice with individuals, couples, and families; geriatric social work; cross-cultural practice; international social work


Tazuko Shibusawa received her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Shibusawa's research, which has been funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program, focuses on the health and mental health of older adults and their families, including women who are at risk for mistreatment and abuse, and older adults who struggle with substance abuse.

Dr. Shibusawa teaches in the MSW and doctoral programs in the area of advanced clinical practice and previously served as Associate Dean and Director of the MSW Program at Silver and Co-Director of the Global MSW Program in Shanghai & New York. She is currently affiliated with the Institute of Social Development at NYU Shanghai. Dr. Shibusawa has also been closely involved in integrating new media technology in the teaching and learning of social work practice.

Dr. Shibusawa's previous clinical and administrative experiences include Director of Social Services, Keiro Nursing Home in Los Angeles, California; psychiatric social worker, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center; co-director of Counseling International in Tokyo, Japan; and mental health consultant for the World Health Organization. Dr. Shibusawa received post-graduate training in the areas of family therapy, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, trauma studies, and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. Dr. Shibusawa also teaches summer intensives in Tokyo, Japan