Cherie Castellano, M.A., C.S.W., L.P.C.

  • President - Castellano LLC
  • Consultant & Trainer
  • Crisis Management for First Responders

Cherie Castellano, MA, CSW, LPC, BCETS is the Program Director for Cop2 Cop, the first legislated law enforcement crisis hotline in the United States. She is a faculty member of the New Jersey Medical School Department of Psychiatry –UMDNJ where she has honed her clinical skills as an expert in law enforcement psychological services as a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Ms. Castellano has been recognized internationally as an expert in the field of behavioral healthcare and crisis intervention for Law Enforcement Professionals. Her experience as a lecturer has included international forums such as Australia and Europe as well as prestigious national forums such as the FBI National Academy conference.

Her programs and crisis intervention services have been featured in the New York Times as a “model for the nation.” Additional awards include various Governors Proclamations, NJ Governors Excellence Award, N.J. Attorney General Recognition Award, as well as the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation World Congress Award for Outstanding Response in a Mass Disaster. Cherie recently received the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Award for Program Innovations in a Mass Disaster. Cherie co-authored a book entitled "Psychological Counterterrorism and World War IV" receiving national attention and impressive book reviews. She has recently authored several articles in the fields of law enforcement, crisis intervention and disaster psychology with a column in The International Association of Counterterrorism & Security Professionals magazine. Cherie's newest book is co-authored with Dr. James T. Reese entitled The Ultimate Back-Up; Law Enforcement Families.

Following September 11, she was assigned to co-ordinate a critical incident response to over 1,900 first responders in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Castellano led service responses to Urban Search and Rescue Team – NJTF1, Port Authority Police Department, NYPD and the top ten New Jersey Police Departments. Cherie pioneered a “9/11 Rescuer Reentry Program” for the Port Authority Police Department and was subsequently given an award for this work by that department.

Ms. Castellano was selected as a member of the 9/11 New York Emergency Services Delegation and traveled to Ireland and England to share “9/11 Lessons Learned”. Cherie was invited to present keynote addresses at the FBI National Academy and the Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation in Australia.

Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

First Responder Resilience in Crisis: This workshop focuses on tools and techniques to assist police, fire and EMS workers to cope with crisis, trauma, and disaster.

Disaster & Family Preparedness: A focus on first responder families and the impact crisis and trauma response has on them. Tools for enhancement a focus.

Stress Management for First Responders: Program for stress related triggers and solutions.

Following is a list of organizations with whom Cherie Castellano has interviewed, consulted or trained:

FBI National Academy

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

International Counterterrorism Professionals



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