Amanda M. Mead is a 2018 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee

Susan Haws, PhD, Committee Chair
David Hamolsky, PsyD, Committee Member
David Junno, PsyD, Committee Member


Proactive, Stress management, Firefighters

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Firefighters in the United States face significant risks as they serve their communities. Despite research that has thus far demonstrated the benefits of proactive coping strategies, and a previously suggested need for a proactive stress management program for firefighters, no such program has yet been implemented or evaluated specifically for firefighters. The purpose of this dissertation was to research stress and stress management using qualitative interviews with New Hampshire and Arizona firefighters to inform the development of a future primary prevention program (proactive stress management) to this at-risk population. Results yielded themes of sleep deprivation, stigma, protectiveness, mental health, lack of engagement, self-care, fatigue, and compassion fatigue. The study concludes with considerations for future program development and delivery, including qualitative themes, differences between states, common stressors, difficult stressors, strategies, and what participants thought were important elements for inclusion in a primary prevention program.


Amanda Mead

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7528-4018