Refereed Journal Articles

O’Dare, K., Atwell, L., King, E., Dillard, D., Herzog, J., Rotunda, R. (2024). Subjective experiences, perceptions, and meanings associated with barriers to seeking mental health care among first responders. Advances in Mental Health.

    O’Dare, K., Mathis, A., Tawk, R., Atwell, L., Jackson, D. (2024). State level policies on first responder mental health in the U.S.: A scoping review. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Access full text article:

    O’Dare, K., Dillard, D., King, E., Dilks, Jr., J.D., Rotunda, R., Herzog, J., Close, F. T., Hartman, M. (2024). The 2nd Alarm Project: Bridging social work and public health to improve mental wellness in the fire service. Journal of Social Work in Public Health.

    O’Dare, K. & Atwell, L. (2023). Reviewing the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic on the mental wellbeing of first responders. Journal of Drug Issues.

    O’Dare, K., Johnson, T. M., King, E. A., Herzog, J., Dillard, D. R., Powell, K., Kirby, A., & Atwell, L. (2023). Workplace Traumatic Stress and Mental Health Sequelae among Public Safety Telecommunications Officers in Florida. Florida Public Health Review, 20(1), 6.

    ODare, K., Bator, C., Butler, L., Orrange, J., Porter, L., Rehbein, M., Dilks, J., Dillard, D.R., King, E., Herzog, J. and Rotunda, R. (2023). From EAP to BHAP: a conceptual framework to develop and implement a comprehensive behavioral health access program within the fire service. International Journal of Emergency Services. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. doi:

    Herzog, J., O’Dare, K., King, E., Rotunda, R., Dillard, D. (2022). Trauma symptoms and suicidal ideation in firefighters from a hurricane disaster zone. Traumatology. doi:

    Dillard, D. R., King, E. A., O’Dare, K., Rotunda, R., (2022). Firefighter resiliency project: Survey findings and implications for a program model. Journal of Burn Care & Research, 43(1), S150. doi:

    Trade Journal Articles

    Dilks, J., O’Dare, K., Herzog, J. (2021), Guidance for developing a fire department behavioral health access program. FireRescue1.

    O’Dare, K. (2021). Surfside Collapse Highlights Importance of Mental Wellness Resources. Fire Rescue Magazine.

    O’Dare, K. (2021). Help is Not Help, Unless it’s Helpful. Fire Rescue Magazine.


    2022-2024: Mental Health Awareness Traning for first responders, their families, and mental health providers. Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

    2022-2025: Mental Well-Being grant. Funder: Florida Blue Foundation.

    2022-2023. Comprehensive Behavioral Health Programs for First Responders and Families. Funder: Florida Department of Children and Families.

    2022-2023. Florida First Responder Tactical Resiliency Toolkit (TRT). Funder: Florida Department of Children and Families.

    2020-2022. North West Florida First Responder Resiliency Project (aka 2nd Alarm Project). Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.