Dr. W. V. (Bill) McDermott has been a practicing Clinical Psychologist since 1978. He earned his A.B. Psychology at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts, his M.A. Psychology at Temple University, Philadelphia and his Ph.D. Clinical Psychology at University of Windsor, Ontario. He holds certification by the Province of Ontario and the States of Michigan and Louisiana; the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Ontario Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the American Red Cross (Disaster Mental Health Specialist), and the National Organization for Victim Assistance (Certified Crisis Responder; Certified Trauma Trainer). Dr. McDermott is Principal in the clinical/consulting practice of McDermott Associates. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor and was Executive Director of a children’s mental health centre for fourteen years.
Dr. McDermott and associates carry out a general clinical practice providing assessment and treatment of adults, adolescents, children and families as well as mediation services. Additionally, they consult to organizations in the areas of critical incident management, peer support programs, workplace violence and pre-employment evaluation.
Dr. McDermott practices extensively in the areas of diagnosis and treatment of traumatized persons, caregivers and emergency services personnel and crisis intervention. His clinical activities in the areas of traumatization, Critical Incident trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, criminal victimization, motor vehicle injuries and workplace violence have led to associations with the Windsor Police Service (Peer Counseling/Stress Management Program; Crisis Negotiator) and several other municipal Police agencies, the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, the Ontario Police College, the New Orleans Police Department Crisis Unit, the Windsor Provincial–and Waterloo Region Ambulance Services, the Windsor Professional Firefighters Association, the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre and Victim Services Agencies throughout Ontario. Dr. McDermott is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (President, Board of Directors), Green Cross, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (Diplomate), the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (Washington DC) and is a member of the NOVA Crisis Response Team, with whom he has served at airline crashes, various natural- and man-made disasters, line-of-duty deaths, the Lucasville Prison uprising, the Kobe Japan earthquake, Croatia/Bosnia, Rwanda and at the World Trade Center attacks. He has also served with Citizen Ambassador as a Delegate in trauma in South Africa, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Dr. McDermott has consulted and taught internationally in the areas police- and emergency services stress, trauma, PTSD, vicarious traumatization, peer support programs, workplace violence & response and organizational crisis response. He presently serves with the New Orleans Police Department Mobile Crisis Unit, is the NOPD departmental Clinical Psychologist and practices Clinical Psychology at Integrated Behavioral Health in New Orleans. Dr. McDermott has been awarded citations by the RCMP and Ontario Provincial Police for “exemplary service” at incidents, the Morton Bard Award for “outstanding contributions to the Victim’s Movement” and the University of Windsor Distinguished Alumnus Award.