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.
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_A ccessible_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.
Some of the National and International Speaking Engagements include:
The Agenda with Steve Paikin, June 25, 2019 “Burnout in a work-obsessed culture” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzpX8PwaLtg
Dr. Kamkar had also started Police Blog series: “Behind the Badge: Mental Health and Police Service” to further help reduce stigma of mental illness, promote mental health and positive cultural change and the understanding that mental trauma should be recognized and treated the same as physical injury.
She was part of building the Toronto Police Service Competencies for Front Line and Leadership to achieve modernization efforts and strive towards a culture of excellence. She had been part of the provincial project between Ontario Fire Chiefs and Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) to further mental health and operational guidelines from Wellness, Prevention,
Interventions, to Return to Work.
Dr. Kamkar was invited by The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Ottawa as part of its study of counselling and other mental health supports for jurors and to share her knowledge and expertise on jurors’ experiences of stress as a result of jury duty, February 1 st , 2018. She was invited again by The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in Ottawa on October 23, 2018 as part of its study of mental health challenges that Canadian farmers, ranchers, and producers face.
Some of TV appearances: www.katykamkar.com and video on mental health promotion and stigma reduction https://twitter.com/Indie88Toronto/status/981196202682277889?s=20
Current academic research:
Most recent Workplace Mental Health & Police/First Responders Mental Health Articles:
Kamkar, K. (2020). Mental Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Health and Wellness Blog, Toronto Public Library. July 16, 2020. https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/health-and-wellness/2020/07/navigating-the-next-normal-during-the-pandemic.html
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/
Kamkar, K. (April 2020). Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) independent review panel final report. Thomson Reuters, Canadian Occupational Safety, April 13, 2020. https://www.thesafetymag.com/ca/news/opinion/ontario-provincial-police-opp-independent-review-panel-final-report/219483
Kamkar, K. (February 2020). 18 ways to improve workplace mental health. Thomson Reuters, Canadian Occupational Safety, February 03, 2020. https://www.thesafetymag.com/ca/news/opinion/18-ways-to-improve-workplace-mental-health/212351
Kamkar, K. (September 2019). When Struck by a Dark Cloud – Grief & Loss. Unsinkable. September 23, 2019. https://weareunsinkable.com/when-struck-by-a-dark-cloud-grief-loss/
Kamkar, K. (August 2019). Burnout latest ‘occupational phenomenon’. Thomson Reuters, Canadian Occupational Safety, August 7, 2019. https://www.cos-mag.com/psychological-health-safety/columns/burnout-latest-occupational-phenomenon/
Kamkar, K. (May 2019). 20 warning signs of compassion fatigue: First responders experiencing secondary traumatic stress due to nature of work. Thomson Reuters, Canadian Occupational Safety, May 21, 2019. https://www.cos-mag.com/psychological-health-safety/columns/20-warning-signs-of-compassion-fatigue/
Related video: Canadian Occupational Safety – Dealing with Compassion Fatigue
Kamkar, K. (January 2019). First responders suffering from ‘moral injury’. Thomson Reuters, Canadian Occupational Safety, January 7, 2019. https://www.cos-mag.com/psychological-health-safety/columns/first-responders-suffering-from-moral-injury/
Kamkar, K. (August 2018). 11 ways to boost mental health in the workplace. Thomson Reuters, Canadian Occupational Safety, August 7, 2018. https://www.cos-mag.com/psychological-health-safety/columns/11-ways-to-boost-mental-health-in-the-workplace/
Related video: Canadian Occupational Safety Top 7 ways to boost mental health in the
Kamkar, K. (June 2018). The Beauty & the Beast of Workaholism, CAMH Blog, June 19, 2018. https://www.camh.ca/en/camh-news-and-stories/the-beauty-and-the-beast-of-workaholism
Kamkar, K. (November 2017). Is there a cost to protecting, caring for and saving others? Beware of Compassion Fatigue. CAMH Blog, November 22, 2017.
Kamkar, K. (October 2017). Invictus Games: Resiliency in Action. CAMH Blog, October 20, 2017. http://2017.camheducation.ca/2017/10/20/invictus-games-resiliency-in-action/
Kamkar, K. (September 2017). Behind the Uniform: When Struck by Moral Injury. CAMH Blog, September 14, 2017. http://2017.camhblog.ca/2017/09/14/moral-injury/
Kamkar, K. (April 2017). Behind the Badge: Depression and the Police Service. CAMH Blog, April 7, 2017. http://2017.camhblog.ca/2017/04/06/depression-and-police/
Kamkar, K. (December 2016). Behind the Badge: Holiday Stress and the Police Service. CAMH Blog, Dec.15, 2016. http://2017.camhblog.ca/2016/12/15/behind-the-badge-holiday-stress-and-police-service/
Kamkar, K. (October 2016). Behind the Badge: Mental Health and the Police Service. CAMH Blog, October 19, 2016. http://2017.camheducation.ca/2016/10/19/behind-the-badge-mental-health-and-the-police-service/