Kati N. Lake, MA, MS, is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Columbia University. Currently, she is an incoming psychology intern at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care, Montrose Campus. Previously, Lake was a psychology extern at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Behavioral Health (Women's Inpatient Unit); Weill/Cornell, the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies; New York State Psychiatric Institute, Depression Evaluation Service; and the Dean Hope Center for Psychological Services. Lake’s research evaluates and adapts brief, evidence-based treatments for Veterans.
Prior to returning to academia, Lake served as the Vice President of Consulting Services at RAINN, where she led the organization’s consulting services and business development. Here, she partnered with public and private entities to provide sexual assault prevention and response program evaluation, training and education, as well as crisis hotline services. Before joining RAINN, Lake was a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led teams in the design, development, execution, and evaluation of personnel policy, education and training, and data privacy projects across the Department of Defense, including the Defense Suicide Prevention Office and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. Before that time, Lake served as a Schedule C political appointee at the White House, providing support to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness/Deputy Under Secretary for Military Community and Family Policy.
Lake has a demonstrated history of providing strategic, operational, and tactical leadership for the development and management of complex, high-visibility projects. Leveraging 15 years of experience in program management, policy development and analysis, privacy and information assurance, and congressional affairs, she continues to advise organizations interested in affecting culture change surrounding trauma-informed sexual violence prevention and response.
Lake graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a masters of arts and a masters in science in clinical psychology with a concentration in global mental health and trauma. She also obtained a degree in political science and British literature with a focus on political communications from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).