Atlanta Psychologist Dr. Betsy Gard - psychotherapy for children, adolescents, families, couples. Dr Gard is a licensed psychologist providing couples therapy, marriage counseling, clinical psychologist, family therapy and is a national speaker. Serving Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Norcross, Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Doraville, Decatur and Johns Creek areas of Atlanta Atlanta Psychologist Dr. Betsy Gard: couples therapy, marriage counseling, clinical psychologist, family therapy. Located at 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs GA 30328. Convenient to Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Norcross, Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Doraville, Decatur and Johns Creek areas of Atlanta

Atlanta Psychologist Dr. Betsy Gard - psychotherapy for children, adolescents, families, couples. Dr Gard is a licensed psychologist providing couples therapy, marriage counseling, clinical psychologist, family therapy and is a national speaker. Serving Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Norcross, Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Doraville, Decatur and Johns Creek areas of Atlanta

Atlanta Psychologist Dr. Betsy Gard - psychotherapy for children, adolescents, families, couples. Dr Gard is a licensed psychologist providing couples therapy, marriage counseling, clinical psychologist, family therapy and is a national speaker. Serving Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Norcross, Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Doraville, Decatur and Johns Creek areas of Atlanta
Atlanta Psychologist Dr. Betsy Gard - psychotherapy for children, adolescents, families, couples. Dr Gard is a licensed psychologist providing couples therapy, marriage counseling, clinical psychologist, family therapy and is a national speaker. Serving Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Norcross, Marietta, Smyrna, Vinings, Doraville, Decatur and Johns Creek areas of Atlanta

 

 

Dr. Betsy Gard received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She worked with Veterans at Jefferson Barracks as a V.A. trainee. She did her Clinical Internship at the University of North Carolina's Department of Psychiatry in the Medical School at UNC.

Dr. Gard came to Atlanta as an Assistant Professor in the Emory Medical School Department of Psychiatry. She worked at Grady Hospital in their Child and Adolescent Clinic, supervising graduate students and interns.

Dr. Gard continues to serve as a adjunct clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical School of Emory.

Dr. Gard has been affiliated with the Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic since 1984. This is a multidisciplinary practice with child and family psychiatrists, and social workers. To learn more about others in this practice, go to their bios at www.aafpc.net.

Dr. Gard lives in a blended family. She loves to write creative stories and poems. Her other favorite activities include walks in nature, traveling and providing pro bono service to the community.

Dr. Gard has served on numerous Boards, including the Institute for the Studies of Disability and Disadvantaged, the Georgia Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association Regional Consultant to the State of Georgia's Disaster Response Network, the State of Georgia Crisis Consortium, and the Metropolitan Red Cross Disaster Board.

Below is some additional information about my background and experience:

Atlanta Psychologist Dr. Betsy Gard a member of the Georgia Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association • Fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA)
• Member of the American Psychological Association
• Co-Chair of the State of Georgia Disaster Response Network - 2010, 2011, 2012-2013 (affiliated with the Georgia Psychological
   Association and the American Psychological Association)
• Chair of the Pro Bono Network for Georgia Psychological Association - 2011, 2012-2013
• Board Member of Institute for Disadvantage and Disability
• Board Member of Jewish Healthcare International
• Member of the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
• Manager of Disaster Mental Health in the Red Cross
• Certified by APA as Proficient in Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders
• Member of the Georgia Crisis Consortium

Dr Gard's Clinical Psychology and Teaching Experience includes Emory University, Scottish Rite Children's, the American Red Cross, Ridgeview Hospital, University of North Carolina and Washington University • Faculty with Emory University for over 32 years
• Allied health professional at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center for 15 years
• National Red Cross Instructor since 1992
• Trainer for the Red Cross Coping with Deployment Program to assist Families of Servicemen and Women
• Allied Health professional at Ridgeview Hospital from 1983-2001
• Trainer for the Emory University Crisis Response Team to help plan for crisis in disaster
• Instructor for “Introduction to Personality” at the University of North Carolina Department of Psychology
• Instructor for course “Psychology and the Adolescent” at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Dr Betsy Gard, PhD has responded to disasters in the U.S. and internationally since 1990

I have significant experience preparing, responding, and helping with the recovery work after disasters and trauma. I have worked locally, nationally, and internationally when there have been disasters and trauma.

I have responded to over 17 local, national and international disasters. I went to Haiti to train social workers after the earthquake. I went to China and gave talks and a lecture on vicarious trauma classes to Chinese students after the China earthquake. I consulted and trained with Romanian staff who cared for post-institutionalized orphans who needed trauma care. I gave lectures to staff in Belarus who worked with homebound clients who needed emotional support. I provided consultation in Belarus to families who needed additional support due to their stress of caring for their disabled children.

  • 1990 - Hurricane Andrew – Louisiana
  • 1994 - Northridge Earthquake – California
  • 1994 - Tropical Storm Alberto – Albany, Georgia
  • 1995 - Oklahoma City Bombing – Oklahoma City
  • 1996 - City of Atlanta Olympic Park Bombing – Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1996 - ValuJet Crash, Atlanta Notifications
  • 1997 - Family Planning Clinic Bombing – Sandy Springs, GA
  • 1998 - Hall County, GA Tornadoes
  • 1998 - Swiss Air Crash – Delta Response – Atlanta, GA
  • 1999 - Hurricane Floyd – Orlando, FL
  • 1999 - Day Trading Shooting – Buckhead/Atlanta, GA
  • 2001 - 9/11 – Manhattan, New York City
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina – Red Cross Mental Health Lead
  • 2007 - Bluffton University Baseball Team Bus Accident
  • 2008 - Atlanta Tornado
    2009 - Atlanta Floods
    2010- People to People Mission to China - Lecture on Vicarious Traumatizatio n- to Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, Guangzi - students who responded to the earthquake
  • 2011- Psychological consultation with JHI in collaboration with Project Medishare - Mission to Hati at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Triage with medical personnel


Dr Betsy Gard, PhD is a licensed psychologist published in more than 10 publications, keynote speaker at over 33 events, and make appearances on numerous television and radio programs• 10 publications in a variety of areas and topics - read more
• A featured or keynote speaker and presenter for over 33 local, national and international presentations
• One of the first weekly guest psychologists for Good Morning Atlanta
For more information on training, workshops, and speaking opportunities, visit the Speakers page

 

Honors for Dr. Betsy Gard, PhD - Licensed Atlanta Psychologist, Trainer, Speaker and Disaster Response Professional • 1996 - Honored by the Centennial Olympic Games for Recognition of Participation by Atlanta/Fulton Emergency Management;
             Certificate of Appreciation by the Olympic Operations Team
• 2000 - Delta Airlines Certificate of Appreciation (Founding Member for Crisis Intervention Response Program and Contributing
             Associate to the Employee Assistance Program)
• 2000 - American Psychological Association Presidential Citation -
             Founding member Disaster Response Network Advisory Committee
• 2000 - Jewish Health Care International Honor for work in cultural service in Romania
• 2001 - Georgia Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Service for September 11, 2001
• 2002 - Division of Women Psychologists of the Georgia Psychological Association Woman of the Year
• 2004 - Honored by American Red Cross for service during the 2004 hurricane season
• 2005-2007 - President-Elect, President, and Past President of the Georgia Psychological Association
• 2007 - 15-year service pin from the American Red Cross