Dr. Kate McCarthy-Barnett works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency and is a subject matter expert on CBRN incident response for at-risk populations. She is a contributor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Primary Response Incident Scene Management” (PRISM) Guidance and her current research interests include the optimization of decontamination procedures for at risk casualties during a mass casualty chemical incident.
She has twenty-five years of experience specializing in emergency management and civil rights and was hired as one of the first DHS/FEMA disability integration specialists to lead the transformation of inclusive emergency management across the nation. She has led inclusive response and recovery operations for 37 federally declared natural and man-made disasters. Dr. McCarthy-Barnett is a Certified Emergency Manager and has published several articles. She is active in public policy and global disaster risk reduction initiatives and is frequently invited to present her work at homeland security conferences.