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Kari O'Grady

Visiting Associate Professor
Psychology, Psychology

1093 KMBL
Provo, UT 84642


Dr. Kari O’Grady is an expert on the psychology of individual, organizational, and societal level trauma and resilience in extreme contexts. Dr. O’Grady and her research team have conducted on-the-ground field work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Beijing, China; Goma, DR Congo: Mexico City, Mexico: and Ferguson Missouri, USA. She works with international scholars from multiple disciplines to reduce human suffering through the creation of evidence-based knowledge about how people recover from trauma. Dr. O’Grady is also an experienced, transformational diversity instructor; she recently served on the multicultural committee for the American Psychological Association and is currently President-elect for Division 36 of the American Psychological Association. Additionally, she recently served as the interfaith specialist over the Washington D.C. area for the Church.

Research Interests

My research is focused on organizational and societal resilience. My research also focuses on trauma and resilience in marginalized populations.

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching courses on multiculturalism, crisis intervention, and research methods.


  • Academy of Management (2017 - Present)
  • Management of Spirituality and Religion (2015 - Present)
  • American Psychological Association (2004 - Present)

Courses Taught