Dr. Amanda Evans holds a Bachelor of Sociology, a Master of Clinical Social Work, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership. She has 32 years of experience in health, mental health and management. As a medical social worker for the first 18 years of her career, Dr. Evans practiced in trauma, emergency and intensive-care settings and is the former Director of Social Work for a large multi-hospital system in Florida. Dr. Evans is a certified mediator and serves as a consultant on issues related to organizational behavior and conflict. Her academic research focus is primarily trauma and recovery. She is the co-author of the book “Trauma-Informed Care: How Neuroscience Influences Practice.”
Dr. Evans was instrumental in creating a trauma center for victims of rape and also created a Trauma-Informed Forensic Interviewing model for adult victims of human trafficking which was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. As a professional speaker, she has trained thousands of professionals on topics related to violence, human relations, supervisory skills, and organizational development. Dr. Evans has been a member of the social work faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University for 14 years and still maintains a consulting practice.