Dr. Kathy Dardeck is a full time, core faculty in the School of Psychology (clinical specialization) at Walden University. A licensed psychologist, she maintains a small, private practice in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. She has practiced & consulted in medical centers, clinics & universities seeing everyone from pediatrics-geriatrics, treating a broad spectrum of presenting issues. Active in formal crisis & disaster response work since 1994, Dr. Dardeck has served in numerous leadership positions on local, state & national levels. She served an appointed 3 year term on the American Psychological Associationís Advisory Committee to the nationwide Disaster Response Network (DRN), & for 17 years she led the Massachusetts Psychological Associationís Disaster Response Network Ė first as co-chair & then as chair from 2008 until 2013 when she retired from that position. In April, 2013 she received the Massachusetts Psychological Associationís Ezra Saul Psychological Service Award for outstanding contributions to the enhancement & acceptance of psychological services & programs in Massachusetts. A Massachusetts Psychological Association fellow & former member of the MPA Board of Directors, Dr. Dardeck served a 4 year appointed term on the Massachusetts Governorís Committee on Disaster Mental Health Services. She has trained & mentored hundreds of psychologists in disaster response & has organized, directed & presented at over 50 conferences on disaster mental health. In addition to traditional courses she has taught graduate level university courses on the psychology of terrorism, crisis intervention & disaster response. She worked with medical personnel subsequent to the Boston Marathon bombings. Deployed to Ground Zero in New York City subsequent to the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, she was part of a support team that provided disaster response support to firefighters working on the rubble. Dr. Dardeck received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for that work.
Disaster mental health (prevention, intervention, postvention); Mitigation of traumatic stress related to emergency service personnel (especially firefighters, dispatchers and EMTís)