Education

Ed.D., M.A., University of Massachusetts; B.S., Boston University

Research Interests 

Disaster mental health planning, prevention, and response; traumatic stress and first responder populations; prevention/mitigation of community and individual traumatic stress response subsequent to terrorism; creativity and bipolar disorders; women’s issues

Background

Dr. Dardeck is a full-time, core faculty member in the Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Counseling Psychology program. Her experience includes faculty appointments at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including assistant dean of students and assistant director of career counseling at Amherst College. A licensed psychologist, she maintained a full-time practice for 23 years. Her patients ranged from pediatric to geriatric cases across a broad spectrum of psychological disorders and issues. Dr. Dardeck served in numerous leadership positions on state and national levels. She currently chairs the Massachusetts Disaster Response Network. Formerly, she served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, as well as appointed terms on the Governor’s Disaster Mental Health Services Committee. Deployed to Ground Zero subsequent to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she led a support team that provided disaster response services to firefighters working in the rubble. She received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for that work.