Kathy DorchEducation

EdD, Argosy University; MS, Nova Southeastern University; BA, Saint Leo University

Research Interests

Mental illness and developmental disabilities in forensic populations


Dr. Dorch has 20 years of experience in the mental health field with the past 10 years focused on individuals who are incompetent to proceed in the legal system due to mental illness or developmental disability. She currently is involved in this area with Florida’s judicial system. Dr. Dorch’s published research includes “Incompetent to Proceed: A Comparison of the Intellectually Disabled to the General Offender Population.” She has served in various roles that include editor for Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute publications, subcommittee chair for the Northwest Florida Re-entry Task Force, and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology coordinator for developmentally disabled victims of sexual assault. Dr. Dorch holds certifications for Medicaid, social work, and first response. Since 2010, Dr. Dorch has served as a contributing faculty member for Walden’s M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program.