PhD, Smith College; MSW, University of Hawaii; BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Neurological underpinnings of human attachment; functioning; implications for clinical practice and social policy


Dr. Kaneko has been a doctoral mentor at Walden since 1999 and currently teaches in the School of Social Work and Human Service. She has taught and/or chaired departments in the graduate schools of social work at the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and Smith College. Since beginning her career in 1971, she has combined teaching and practice and is currently licensed to practice in Massachusetts. She received Children’s Bureau and NIMH awards during her doctoral training and participated in the first British-American Conference on Psychodynamic Social Work in Oxford, England. In 1979, she received an International Women’s Year grant from the International Marketing Institute and has appeared in Marquis Who’s Who in America, 55th Edition, 2001. Her publications include articles on the developmental phasing of internalization and the fate of self-objects in Clinical Social Work Journal. She is currently a Schwartz Center Rounds external facilitator at New England Sinai Hospital where she is focused on delivery of compassionate care.