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Randal (Randy) Beaton, PhD

Bio and contact information for Randy Beaton, PhD, NWCPHP faculty member.

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Randy Beaton is an NWCPHP faculty member, clinical psychologist, and Research Professor Emeritus in the Schools of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Washington. He serves as a content expert for trainings around the subject of disaster mental health. He also provides consultations in the areas of disaster mental health, resilience training, and evaluates exercises for state and federal agencies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Disaster mental health
  • Evaluation of disaster exercises
  • Disaster preparedness and resilience training for first responders

Randy’s extensive experience and contributions include: experience developing, implementing, and evaluating resiliency training programs for public health disaster personnel and volunteer rescue worker organizations; development of online and in-person trainings for practitioners, including the Workforce Resiliency online training series; and his current research efforts focusing on the psychosocial parameters of disasters, disaster behavioral health, and disaster preparedness.

Randy has been with NWCPHP since 2004. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Disaster Emergency Preparedness and Response Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Washington where he has taught graduate-level courses in Emergency Preparedness and Response for health professionals.

In his earlier work, he led a two-decade long program of research focused on the causes and effects of traumatic and occupational stress in fire fighters and paramedics. He also served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security, the Institutes of Medicine, and the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Randy currently serves as a consultant to the NIOSH-funded research project titled, "From Multi-Tasking to Hyper-Tasking: Investigating The Impact of Next Generation 9-1-1." The Principal Investigator of this four-year project is NWCPHP faculty member, Hendrika Meischke.