Heidi Kar, an international mental health expert and licensed clinical psychologist, brings to EDC significant experience in violence and trauma. She has national and international expertise in designing, training, and evaluating evidence-based interventions focused on the prevention and/or treatment of trauma disorders, violent behavior, substance use disorders, and suicide.

Kar develops resiliency-based interventions to address the mental health needs of underserved and vulnerable communities worldwide. Previously, she worked with the International Rescue Committee, Johns Hopkins University, and the Veterans Health Administration. Her work serves domestic violence survivors and perpetrators, vulnerable youth, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, law enforcement officers, veterans, and other at-risk populations.

Frequently, Kar is called upon to advise and guide the strategic design of community-, school-, and health-focused programs and systems. She is an invited member of the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Alliance and the Forum on Global Violence Prevention of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Kar holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and an MHS in International Health from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.