Sam D. Bernard, PhD

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Sam is co-owner and President of Bernard & Associates, P.C. his Chattanooga-based private practice and consulting firm focusing on various forms of trauma and crisis intervention and disaster menta/behavioral health. He is a founding member and President of the Board of Directors for the PAR Foundation, a registered non-profit that provides preparation, assessment and response for various psychological crisis. He provides individual and group therapy, employee assistance program (EAP) services, psychological autopsies, organizational consultations, trainings and public speaking concerning various psychological crisis, disaster mental health and suicide locally, nationally and internationally.


- PhD: Columbia State Consortium: Counseling Psych. focusing on disaster psychology and crisis intervention

Internship: Crisis Management International, Atlanta, GA (1 year)

Residency: Erlanger Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center, Chattanooga, TN (1 year)

- MA: Austin Peay State University: Clinical Psychology focusing on psychological testing and therapy,

Internship: Harriett Cohn Mental Health Center & Clarksville Hospital’s Psych Ward (6 months)

- BS: Emory & Henry College: Psychology with a minor in Sociology and Biology;

Internship at SW State Psychiatric Hospital’s Geropsychology Unit, Marion, VA (3 months)


- Licensed Senior Psychological Examiner – Health Service Provider in Tennessee

- National Certified Counselor

- National Certified Gerontological Counselor

- National Certified Psychologist

- Traumatologist; Green Cross

- Board Certified in Comprehensive, School and University Acute Traumatic Stress Management

- Certified Traumatic Stress Consultant; The Institute for Traumatic Stress

- Psychological Autopsy Investigator and Researcher; American Association of Suicidology

- Certified Traumatic Stress Consultant

- Fellow and Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

- Certified in Homeland Security – Level III


International Critical Incident Stress Fdn (ICISF): Instructor of 19 courses;

=National Road Show faculty;

=International faculty

FEMA/SAIC/Leidos: Center for Domestic Preparedness- Nobel Training Center, Anniston, AL: =Advanced Public Information Officer course (and “Road-Show” faculty)

American Red Cross:

=Basic & Adv. CPR;

=Stress Mgmt.;

=HIV-AIDS Educator and Chapter Task Force Chair -Kingsport, TN

=Disaster Mental Health Services

=Retired:30+ years of volunteer service

The Institute for Traumatic Stress:

=Acute Traumatic Stress management (ATSM);

=ATSM for Schools;

=University & College ATSM

Resiliency Sciences Institutes: Instructor,

=Crisis Leadership

=University of Maryland-Baltimore County

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS):

=Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management (CATSM);

=School ATSM;

=University ATSM;

=Excellence in Teaching Award

New York Academy of Medicine: Psychosocial Aspects of Terrorism

Green Cross Projects:


=Compassion Fatigue Instructor;

=Training Site Coordinator

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD:

=Advanced Public Information Officer

=Facilitator: Virtual Table-Top Exercises (VTTX) on a national bases with various disaster topics

International Trainer:

=NAV Portugal (air traffic controllers, pilots, cabin crew) in psychological crisis intervention

Consultant & Trainer: Illinois Dept of Health:

=Intimate Partner Domestic Violence in the GLBTQ Community

Board Member:

- American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress: Board of Scientific & Professional Advisors;

recipient of AAETS’s Excellence in teaching Award.

- PAR Partners International: Founding Co-Member, President Board of Directors: PAR Founation

- Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Founding member, Chair & Emeritus Chair of Governor’s

Advisory Council.

- The Institute for Traumatic Stress: Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors

- Eagle Wing Foundation, Board member and Disaster Behavioral Health consultant

- Clinical Pastoral Education, Board of Directors: 2017-2010

Volunteer Service:

- American Red Cross: Retired after 30+ years beginning in 1975 (15 years old), Instructor in various courses

- CISM Team: Northeast TN CISM; Tri-State CISM Tm; Suicide Postvention Response Tm; School Crisis Support Coop.

- Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary US Air Force: Joined in 1990; holds the earned rank of Lieutenant Colonel; served as:

=Squadron Pilot and Assistant Medical Officer

=Squadron and Wing Public Affairs Officer and attaining the “master rating” in PAO,

=Southeast Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Officer

=National CISM Team Leader and lead trainer (6 years) (Retired after 24 yearsof volunteer service)

- TN Suicide Prevention Network: Founding member; elected 2007 and 2008 Chair of the Governor’s Advisory

Board; first recipient of the “Emeritus” status;

- Consultant to the TN Department of Agriculture & TN Department of Homeland Security: Agri-terrorism and

Psychological Impacts

- Hamilton County Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corp

Incident Response: Local, regional and national events: robberies, workplace violence, suicide, homicide, lost person, fires, tornadoes, aviation incidents, etc. Local responder to the shootings in Chattanooga, TN in July 2015 – clinical consultant to the Mayor’s Office / Chief of Police / Family Justice Center with various TV interviews; National & International responder: NYC 9-11: 3 weeks; GA EMA: Tri-State Crematory: 2mo; Deputy IC with FSU’s Green Cross Projects: Tsunami & Katrina & Rita & Miami post Haitian earthquake. Child & family trauma consultant, The Cupcake Network addressing pediatric trauma after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, July 2015 Terrorist Shooting of Military Recruiting Station and Reserve Center, Woodmore School Bus Crash.

Philosophy of Training:

“Bring Cognition to Chaos” – applying disaster mental health research for “field” application.

“The same professionalism you provide to others, you deserve yourself!” – helping to keep the helpers healthy and doing what they love to do.

Personal: Married; Native of Kingsport, TN; Only child; Home in Chattanooga, TN; Licensed private pilot; People-To-People High School Student Ambassador 1980 and 1981 – visited Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia in 1980 with homestays in Austria, Germany, and Greece, then France, Egypt, Israel, China and Japan in 1981with homestays in France and Japan; Survivor of an aviation incident in Karachi, Pakistan while serving as a People-To-People High School Ambassador in 1981; Caregiver for both his mother (lung cancer with brain metasticies) and father (normal aging) during their last years. Pet therapy with “Buddy” (petit sheltie) until his death in 2010.