Dr. Kamin is a clinical psychologist who collaborates with law enforcement, mental health system representatives, and other community partners to address the needs of individuals with mental illness and their family members through system reform and training initiatives. As the Director of the Institute for Police, Mental Health and Community Collaboration, he is working closely with the NYS Office of Mental Health to develop Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs across the state.
Institute staff and consultants also work on related initiatives. For example, they are currently delivering a 2-day training developed specifically for security officers in a large hospital system in New York City and have previously conducted training for college campus security officers and Emergency Medical Services personnel.
Dr. Kamin also serves as the Senior Advisor on Mental Health and Criminal Justice for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Roberts Wesleyan College, and on the Board of Directors of CIT International.
A former Police Academy Instructor, Dr. Kamin assisted in the development of the first CIT program in New York in Rochester in 2004. Past consultation work has involved training for the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, the NYS Office of Court Administration, State University of New York Police Officers and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.
A graduate of Vassar College, Don received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He completed pre-doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine / University Hospitals of Cleveland and post-doctoral training in forensic psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.