Heidi Kar, PhD, MHS
Lead: Violence Prevention
Dr. Heidi L Kar is the Lead of Violence and Trauma work within the Suicide, Violence, and Injury Prevention Portfolio (SVIPP) at the Education Development Center, bringing subject matter expertise in interpersonal violence perpetration, trauma assessment and treatment, substance use assessment and treatment, and suicide prevention and intervention. A member of the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance, Dr. Kar is a licensed clinical psychologist and cross-cultural public health professional. Dr. Kar has assessed and treated patients for violence perpetration, trauma-related disorders, substance use, depression, and suicidality throughout her clinical training and professional roles, including in her roles as Inpatient Staff Psychologist and Primary Care/Mental Health Integration Psychologist within the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. She brings specialized expertise in trauma-informed program design, working to engage men in mental health care, and in translating mental health interventions into culturally appropriate approaches in the developing world. She is trained as a batterer intervention group counselor and serves as a subject matter expert to domestic and international projects focused on addressing violence and trauma.
Currently, Dr. Kar serves as the Principal Investigator on a contract with the Indian Health Service to provide training and technical assistance about suicide prevention across eighteen American Indian/Alaskan Native sites in the United States. In this role, Dr. Kar provides technical assistance on the Zero Suicide Model for healthcare systems throughout Indian country. She also serves as the Principal Investigator to the Department of Justice funded, Office of Victims of Crime project in which her team is developing a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training specifically geared toward crime victim advocates across domestic violence, child welfare, law enforcement, and American Indian/Alaskan Native tribal court systems. She serves as a subject matter expert to several international programs in Honduras and the Philippines, focused on addressing trauma, interpersonal violence, and prevention of violent extremism among children and adolescents. Finally, Dr. Kar serves as the domestic violence/trauma expert to a multi-foundation founded project aimed to better understand the barriers female Veterans face to accessing mental healthcare services in the Los Angeles area.
Dr. Kar completed post-doctoral training in Trauma & Substance Use Disorders and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma-related disorders. Prior to her clinical training, she obtained a Masters of Health Science, with a focus on international/cross-cultural health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Dr. Kar has developed broad cultural competence based on her work with different community groups including Veterans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, and minority youth across the United States, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Honduras, India, and the Philippines.