Dr. Kyra Fritz received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University. Police officer wellness and research design, methodology, and ethics are her areas of expertise. She has over 10 years of research experience in the academic, non-profit, and local government sectors. Dr. Fritz is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the PIRE-Louisville Center, where she is responsible for project management; evaluation planning; literature reviews; instrument development; data collection and analysis; preparation of scholarly and technical reports; and manuscript and proposal development. She has been an investigator on many applied police studies over the years, where she worked directly with law enforcement personnel to examine sentinel events; community policing implementation; police-youth interactions; and workplace challenges, mental health, substance abuse, and coping behaviors among officers. More recently, Dr. Fritz worked with Portland Police Bureau as a training analyst to help develop and evaluate components of the agency’s employee wellness program. She previously worked as a mental health care provider in Kentucky, where she was responsible for leading group therapy sessions; providing individual and family outpatient therapy services; treatment planning; psychodiagnostic testing services; and preparation of reports with treatment recommendations based on assessment findings.
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