Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She obtained her Clinical/Research Postdoctoral Fellowship 2006-2007 at CAMH. She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
Dr. Kamkar is the Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Traumatic Stress Sector. She is the Co-Chair of Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association Inc. (GLEPHA), Health of Police/First Responders. Dr. Kamkar is the Executive Director, Canadian Association of Fire Investigators (CAFI) & Regional Director, Ontario. https://www.cafi.ca/
Dr. Kamkar provides Evidence-Based Assessment services, Independent Medical Evaluation, Disability Management services and Evidence Based Psychological Treatment (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Occupational Stress Injuries to First Responders and on Psychological Distress in the Workplace. She is a member of Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and a Founding & Credentialed Member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). She was also the Medical Practitioner for the Invictus Games launched by Prince Harry, Toronto 2017 and closely worked with the Service Members and Veterans.
Dr. Kamkar was selected and hired in 2019 by the Ministry of Solicitor General as the Mental Health Expert within the Province of Ontario to work with the External Independent Panel (Former Associate Chief Justice of Ontario; Former Deputy Attorney General of Ontario and Chief Prosecutor; and Former Ontario MPP and Cabinet Minister) to review Canada’s second largest police force, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) culture after a series of suicides of active and retired OPP officers. The final report contains 15 recommendations towards organizational and individual wellness and positive workplace culture. http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/sites/default/files/content/mcscs/docs/OPP_IRP_FinalReport_Accessible_EN.pdf Following the report release, she was invited to discuss the mental health recommendations to the OPP executives throughout the province of Ontario.
Dr. Kamkar is on the Boards of Directors: 1. Badge of Life Canada (BOLC) which is a peer-led national charitable organization for Police and Corrections/First Responders across Canada who are dealing with psychological injuries suffered in the line of duty. 2. Operation Lifesaver Canada – Funded by the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada focusing on National Action Plan for Railway Suicide Prevention. 3. Canadian Juries Commission, a National Not-For-Profit Organization which represents Canadians serving on Jury Duty, and Coroners Inquests.
Dr. Kamkar is the Provincial Mental Health Advisor to St. John Ambulance Ontario’s Council.
She has been part of the Federal PTSD Act Advisory Committee, Public Health Agency of Canada, for the development of the PTSD Federal Framework. Canada’s First Federal Framework on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder has been released in February 2020.
She has been selected as Technical Committee Member on the new CSA Standard, National Standard on Work Disability Management for Paramedics, with a focus on addressing post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI).
Dr. Kamkar is a Fellow & Member of the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety (CCJS) Advisory Council. She has been awarded the status of Fellow of the CCJS for strategic leadership at the board level of the University of Regina’s research institute for her significant contributions to the wide range of innovative mental health programs that support Public Safety Personnel.
She is on the Editorial Board – Section “Trust”- of the Journal of Community Safety & Well-Being (CSWB) and on November 2019 was featured as Editor Spotlight. https://madmimi.com/s/5b5baf Her Commentary “Trust Starts Within” published within the Journal CSWB https://www.journalcswb.ca/index.php/cswb/article/view/68/128
Dr. Kamkar is within the Scientific Advisory Committee of Anxiety Canada; an associate member of the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP); and is within the Research Advisory Committee as well as within the Psychology Advisory Committee of CACP.
One of her greatest interests is to provide education to the public to promote mental health awareness and well-being.