Katie McGeehan, PhD, MS


Katie McGeehan is a community and cultural psychologist with extensive experience with community-based organizations in socially, economically, and ethnically diverse communities across the country as a consultant, evaluator, researcher, educator, counselor, and scholar. She has experience with community interventions; program development and implementation; formative, summative, and empowerment evaluation; qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis; community and stakeholder engagement; needs and resource assessments; and capacity-building. Katie has content expertise in mental health; education; culturally responsive, community-based research; and disaster management. She is committed to leveraging the power of applied research to build stronger, more resilient communities.

Prior to joining the LFA team, Katie led the evaluation of a federally-funded Children’s Mental Health Initiative System of Care grant for a program providing services to young women who are survivors of trauma in the state of Hawaiʹi. She worked for six years as a consultant to charitable organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area prior to pursuing her doctoral degree. Her experience as an educator includes teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She is a published author, with results of her research in the fields of disasters and trauma appearing in peer-reviewed journals.

Katie has conducted community-based systems-level disaster research in the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She served as a Mercy Volunteer teaching high school on the Navajo Nation from 2001-2003. She currently serves in a formal volunteer role supporting Mercy Volunteers serving in San Francisco. 


  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Loyola University Maryland
  • Master of Science, Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University
  • Master of Arts, Community and Cultural Psychology, University of Hawaiʹi at Mānoa
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Community and Cultural Psychology, University of Hawaiʹi at Mānoa 

Selected Project Experience

  • Evaluation of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services’ Wellness Management and Recovery Program Pilot
  • Evaluation of Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs’ Youth Trauma Informed Care Grant Program
  • Evaluation of the Marin Community Foundation’s Early School Success Initiative
  • Evaluation of Center for Effective Philanthropy Subscriber Assessment Tools
  • Capacity Building through S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation’s Environmental Education Evaluation Toolkit