Clinical Psychologist at the Work, Stress and Health Program/Psychological Trauma Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, CANADA.
Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
She is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators (CAFI). She is the Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Traumatic Stress Section; as well as the Chair of Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association Inc. (GLEPHA), Health of Police/ First Responders.
She sits on the board of directors for the following organizations: Operation Lifesaver Canada and Canadian Juries Commission.
Dr. Kamkar is a fellow and member of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety Advisory Council. She is also the provincial mental health advisor for St. John Ambulance Ontario’s council. Dr. Kamkar is a Member of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety (CCJS) Advisory Council. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Community Safety & Well-Being (CSWB); is within the Scientific Advisory Committee of Anxiety Canada; a Founding & Credentialed Member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). She is within the Research and Psychology Advisory Committees of the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP). She has been part of the Federal PTSD Act Advisory Committee, Public Health Agency of Canada, for the development of the PTSD Federal Framework.
She does specialize in the area of workplace mental health, disability management, resiliency and OSI first responders. She provides Evidence-Based Assessment services, Independent Medical Evaluation, Disability Management services and Evidence Based Psychological Treatment for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders in particular Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, First Responders Operational Stress Injuries and on Psychological Distress in the Workplace. She was also the Medical Practitioner for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 and closely worked with Service Members/Veterans during the Invictus Games launched by Prince Harry. She has been part of building the Toronto Police Service Competencies for Front Line and Leadership to achieve modernization efforts and strive towards a culture of excellence.
One of her greatest interests is to provide education to the public to promote mental health awareness and well-being. She has provided numerous Public Relations / TV Media appearances, including launching mental health series and writing mental health articles and blogs for various comprehensive public resources.
In addition to her clinical work, her media engagement, and publications on mental health, she provides continuous Education and Workshops to Ministries and Organizations (National and International) on mental health in workplace and building individual and organizational resiliency.
- Kamkar, K, Edwards, G., Hesketh, I., McFee, D., Papazoglou, K., Pedersen, P, Sanders, K., Stamatakis, T., Thompson, J. (2020). Dialogue Highlights from the LEPH2019 Panel on Police Mental Health and Well-Being. Journal of CSWB, 5, 2-7. https://journalcswb.ca/index.php/cswb/article/view/123/246
- Book Chapter on Moral Injury in Law Enforcement. Kamkar, K., Russo, C., Chopko, B., Tuttle, B.M., Blumberg, D.M., & Papazoglou, K. (2019). Moral Injury in Law Enforcement. In K. Papazoglou & D.M. Blumberg (Eds.), POWER: Police Officers Wellness, Ethics, & Resilience (pp. 117-128). Elsevier-Academic Press: San Diego, CA. https://www.elsevier.com/books/power/papazoglou/978-0-12-817872-0
- Papazoglou, K., Blumberg, D.M., Briones Chiongbian, V., Tuttle, B.M., Aukhojee, P., Kamkar, K., Chopko, B., & Koskelainen, M. (2020). The Role of Moral Injury in PTSD among Law Enforcement Officers. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:310. Open Access: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00310 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00310/full
- Papazoglou, K., Blumberg, D.M., Kamkar, K., McIntyre-Smith, A., & Koskelainen, M. (2020). Addressing Moral Suffering in Police Work: Theoretical Conceptualization and Counselling Implications. Canadian Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy, 54(1), 71-87. https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/68490
- Papazoglou, K., Kamkar, K., & Aukhojee, P. (2019). Fighting the Enemy Within the Fortress. Crisis, Stress, & Human Resilience, 1(2), 48-51. https://www.crisisjournal.org/article/10271-fighting-the-enemy-within-the-fortress
- Mehdizadeh, S & Kamkar, K (2020). COVID-19 and the impact on police services. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, pages 42-44, July 2020 https://journalcswb.ca/index.php/cswb/article/view/139/253
- Kamkar, K. (2020). Navigating Through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Build your Individualized Self-Care Plan. Section Editor, Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, The Dispatch, pages 2-3, May 2020. https://madmimi.com/s/295cb01
- Votta-Bleeker, L., Kamkar, K., & Sheppard-Perkins, E. (2020). “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Grief, Bereavement and COVID-19, Canadian Psychological Association, May 12, 2020. https://cpa.ca/psychology-works-fact-sheet-grief-bereavement-and-covid-19/
- Kamkar, K. & McLean, C. (April 2020). Helping Health Care Workers Cope with COVID-19-Related Trauma. Anxiety Canada, April 16, 2020. https://www.anxietycanada.com/articles/helping-health-care-workers-cope-with-covid-19-related-trauma/