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Tomoaki D. Imamichi

      今道 友昭


31-10 Thomson Ave.

Long Island City, NY11101, USA

Tel: +1-718-482-5618

E-mail: timamichi@lagcc.cuny.edu



2011 Philosophical Doctorate, Environmental Psychology, City University of  New York, New York, NY.


1999 Master of Arts, Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA

Coursework included: Cultural Psychology and Environmental Psychology.

Additional coursework in the School of Education and the Graduate School of Management


1996 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Minors in Screen Studies and Philosophy


Work Experience

2019- Present Associate Professor of Psychology, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island, NY

2019- Present Affiliate Faculty, PhD Environmental Psychology Program, Graduate Cener, New York, NY

2012-2019 Assistant Professor of Psychology, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island, NY


2000-2002 General Affairs, Micro Gaia, Inc., Kihei, Maui, HI                      

A micro algal biotech venture company for health products and green energy

Responsibilities included:

Human Resources (interviewing, mediating between Japanese and local employees)

Public Relations (conducting site tours, entertaining clients in Honolulu and on Maui)


1996-1997 Manager, IMO (Inagawa Motoko Office), Tokyo, Japan

An international casting agency providing foreign actors/talents for Japanese cultural and educational TV and film productions, and events

Translated, interpreted, participated in educational TV and film productions, and events.


Awards and Fellowships

2018-2019 Futures Initiative Faculty Fellowship, City University of New York


2014 Research Grant, Professional Staff Congress, City University of New York


2008 Professional Development Grant, Professional Staff Congress, City University of New York


2003-2007 University Fellowship, City University of New York



Imamichi, T. (2019). Ma as a missing piece of being-in-the-world. In K. Murakami (Ed.), The ethos of theorizing. Concord: Captus Press.


Imamichi, T. (2019). Walking with my mother: The world perceived with an elderly. Human Areana, 2, 282-90


Imamichi, T. (2017). アメリカの大学事情 (The state of higher education in the USA). Shakaikyōiku (Social Education), 12, 42-4.


Imamichi, T. (2017). Book review: Stresserleben, Emotionen und Coping in Guangzhou, China: Mensch-Umwelt-Transaktionen aus Geographischer und Psychologischer Perspektive (Stress experiences, emotions and coping in Guangzhou, China: Person-environment-transactions from a geographical and psychological perspective), Anna Lena Bercht. Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart (2013). Emotion, Space and Society, 24, 21-22.


Imamichi, T. (2014). The world experienced through a stroller. Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology. 25, 2, 4-5.


Imamichi, T. (2014). Environment. In T. Teo (Ed.) Encyclopedia of critical psychology. New York: Springer. 582-87


Imamichi, T. (2012). The Garbage Project. In C. Zimring and W.Rathje (Eds.) Encyclopedia of consumption and waste. Thousand Oaks: Sage. 304-307


Wapner, S.; Fujimoto, J.; Imamichi, T.; Inoue, Y.; Toews, K. (1997). Sojourn in a new culture: Japanese students in American universities and American students in Japanese universities. In S. Wapner et al (Eds.) Handbook of Japan-US Environment-Behavior Research. New York: Plenum Press. 283-311.



Select Paper Presentations:

Being in the era of acceleration, International Conference of Theoretical Psychology, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2019


Missing pieces of being-in-the-world, International Conference of Theoretical Psychology, Tokyo, Japan, August, 2017


Perceptions of nuclear energy and radiation in Japan, International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan, July 2016


Modes of being-there and doing-here: An exploration of marathon runners, International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan, July 2016 


Social and personal meanings in participating in marathons, International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France, July 2014 


Environmental competence and the Boston Marathon, American Psychological Association Convention, Boston, MA, August 2008


From restorative environments to restorative activities, International Association for People-Environment Studies, Rome, Italy, August 2008


Environmental Psychology and Postmodernism, International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany, July 2008


From way-finding to place-finding, International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece, July 2006


Dealing with new environments: Newcomers to New York City, Environment-Design Research Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada, April 2005


Working Group Organizer:

Conflicts in Environmental Psychology, Environment-Design Research Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2006


How can Environmental Psychology be more environmental? International Congress of Applied Psychology, Montreal, Canada, June, 2018



American Psychological Association, Affiliate Member

International Association for Applied Psychology

Environment-Design Research Association


Academic and Professional Services

City University of New York:

LaGuardia Community College:

   Psi Beta LaGuardia Community College Chapter (Psychology Honor Society),

   Faculty Mentor, 2013-current

   Sustainability Council, 2013-current

   Psychology Faculty Search Committee, 2016

   Researchers in Student Environments (RiSE), Director, 2013-current

   Luce Heritage Language Scholar Program, Faulty Mentor, 2014-2016

Graduate Center:

   Environmental Psychology PhD program Admissions Committee, 2018-19

   Doctoral Student Council Steering Committee, 2004-05

   Environmental Psychology PhD program Curriculum Committee, 2003-04


Green Meadow Waldorf School, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2017-present


Educational Testing Service, Advanced Placement Test Reader (Psychology), 2007-08


TELL (Tokyo English Life Line) 1997-1998

Telephone Counselor for an English-speaking Crisis Hotline in Tokyo, Japan

Counseled callers on socio-cultural and personal issues


Teaching Experience

City University of New York:

BMCC: Fall 2004 to Spring 2012: General Psychology, Human Development, Social Psychology

Hunter College: Spring and Fall 2008: Personal Adjustment, Personality

Brooklyn College: Spring 2008: Cultural Psychology

York College: Spring 2005: History of Psychology     

Lehman College: Spring and Summer 2004: Psychology and Law         



Fluent in German, Japanese, English, working knowledge of French, Spanish

Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, Blackboard

Basic knowledge of MapInfo, Atlas


Research Interests

Environmental competence, Being-in-the-world, Moving-through-the-environment


Dissertation Title

Modes of being-there and doing-here: Transformations in self-body-environment relations in marathon



Captain of Clark University Varsity Cross Country

Qualified for the Boston Marathon 2005-10, ran the New York City Marathon in 2:58

1st Dan in traditional Karate

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