Refereed Journal Articles

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.

O’Dare, K., Dillard, D., King, E., Dilks, Jr., J.D., Rotunda, R., Herzog, J., Close, F. T., Hartman, M. (in press). 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.

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:

Como, M., White Carter, C., Larose-Pierre, M., O’Dare, K., Hall, C. R., Mobley, J., Robertson, G., Leonard, J., Tew, L. (2020). Pharmacist-led chronic care management for medically underserved rural populations in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventing Chronic Disease, 17. 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.

Earned Media

September 8, 2023

2nd Alarm Project working to make sure first responder mental health remains a priority after Idalia

March 28, 2023

Caring for first responders’ mental health in Hurricane Ian’s wake

March 23, 2023

Mental health professionals experience being a firefighter for a day

March 23, 2023

Mental health professionals train alongside first responders

October 6, 2022

First responders working to address the mental health toll of Hurricane Ian

September 30, 2022
Tallahassee Democrat

FSU drone team, FAMU faculty assist with Hurricane Ian search and rescue efforts

September 12, 2022

'Family, God and the Fire Department': TFD remembers fallen Captain Brenden Rudy

July 17, 2022

2nd Alarm Project hosts Travis Howze to help guide first responders through trauma

June 9, 2022

Ensuring responders have access to counseling resources after officer killed in crash

May 8, 2022
2nd Alarm Project- Come Back Stronger

March 22, 2022
Florida Channel (scroll to around 6:35 in the broadcast)

Presentation to the Florida First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force

March 10, 2022
Tallahassee Democrat

Program to help Florida first responders' mental health gets boost from state

March 3, 2022

FAMU Professor Secures $3.5M to Support Wellness of Florida’s First Responders

February 27, 2022
Florida Channel (scroll to around 20:30 in the broadcast)

House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee- Testimony to the Florida Senate

October 27, 2021

Tallahassee Fire Department prioritizes first responders’ mental health

October 26, 2021

Panhandle organization helps firefighters find mental health resources

October 7, 2021

2nd Alarm Project ensures no hero fights alone; equipping first responders with mental health services

August 23, 2021

Presentation to the Florida Behavioral Health Association

July 30. 2021
Florida Channel

Surfside Response- Capitol Update (scroll to around 9:10 in the broadcast)

July 14, 2021

Bringing awareness to first responders' mental health

July 6, 2021
Florida Governor’s Office

July 5, 2021

Tallahassee Fire search and rescue team returns home from Surfside rescue efforts

July 2, 2021
Tallahassee Democrat

[also on cover of Sunday July 4, 2021 print]
'It's hot, pouring rain and they don't stop': FAMU professor supports condo rescue workers on 'the pile'

July 2, 2021

FAMU professor aids in mental health recovery following Surfside condo collapse

July 1, 2021

FAMU Professor Accompanies Tallahassee First Responders to South Florida Building Collapse Site

June 8, 2021
South Santa Rosa News

2nd Alarm Project Supports First Responders in Aftermath of Tragedies

November 3, 2020
Tallahassee Democrat

Sounding the alarm: Program promotes mental wellness for first responders

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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