Don Kamin, PhD CIT International Board of Directors
Don Kamin, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, mental health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their families through system reform and training initiatives. As the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health and Community Collaboration, he is leading the effort to develop Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across New York. Dr. Kamin is also the Senior Advisor on Mental Health and Criminal Justice for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health. In addition, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Roberts Wesleyan College.
A former Police Academy Instructor, Dr. Kamin assisted in the development of the first CIT program in New York in Rochester in 2004. In recognition that most CIT training is adult-focused, he helped the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice create a CIT for Youth one-day in-service and has traveled nationally instructing CIT trainers to deliver the training. In order to increase his understanding of what happens “in the street,” Dr. Kamin frequently spends time riding along with police officers. To date, he has ridden with 29 different departments in 17 states.
A graduate of Vassar College, Don received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He completed pre-doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine / University Hospitals of Cleveland and post-doctoral training in forensic psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.