Kelli McCarthy, MPS, CEM-GA, EMHP

Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty Advisor, Disaster Dogs

Kelli McCarthy is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) Institute for Disaster Management. She has a bachelors in geography with an interdisciplinary certificate in geographic information science (GIS) and a masters in GIS from the University of Maryland.

In her current role, Kelli serves as the professor of record for two graduate-level courses (Disaster Management for Public Health Professionals and Public Health Crises and Disaster Management) and one undergraduate course (Surviving Disasters, a First Year Odyssey course for incoming college freshmen). In addition to her faculty teaching appointment, Kelli serves as an Executive Team Member for the Southern Regional Disaster Response System (Region 4 RDHRS Site), teaches emergency preparedness exercise design, development, and execution within IDM’s various grant projects, and conducts emergency preparedness exercises for healthcare facilities, healthcare coalitions, state entities, and federal partners.

Kelli has attended many trainings and holds numerous certifications with topics ranging from incident command to disaster life support. She currently holds the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Georgia Emergency Manager certification, the Emergency Management Healthcare Professional certification from the Georgia department of Public Health, and is a trained trainer for both Georgia hospital first-receiver decontamination and homeland security WMD radiological / nuclear awareness. She is also actively pursuing the Master Exercise Practitioner certification through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute.

Kelli enjoys spending time with her two children, her family, and always cheering on the Dawgs!