Dr. Katherine T. Platoni ’74 Col. was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 7. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services each year selects 20 inductees whose post-military achievements are honored in the “areas of volunteerism, advocacy, professional distinction, public service and philanthropy.”
Platoni, a clinical psychologist, is an expert in hypnotherapy and the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A retired U.S. Army colonel, she was deployed four times in her 34 years of service, and has been focused on helping veterans and civilians deal with trauma – from the New York Police Department at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11 to the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team in May after 15 tornadoes hit the mid-west.
A psychology major at the Colleges, it was at William Smith that Platoni says she learned to commit herself to a higher purpose. She went on to earn a master’s in education from the University of Miami-Coral Gables and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. In 2008, in recognition of her work as a humanitarian, Platoni was presented with the William Smith Alumnae Association’s Achievement Award, William Smith College Alumnae Association’s highest honor.
Platoni has been recognized as a nationally renowned expert in the treatment of PTSD cases and other topics in clinical psychology. For the past 10 years, Platoni has fought for full benefits to be awarded to the families of the 2009 Fort Hood Shooting. A survivor of the shooting, she is an ardent activist and was instrumental in the awarding of a Purple Heart Medal to the wounded and to the families of those who lost their lives during the shooting. Platoni recently shared the story of the Fort Hood shooting and how it has informed her work as part of the Southwest Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team in the November 2019 Guideposts magazine. The issue also includes a story from fellow William Smith graduate Leanne Jackson ’75.
An Assistant Clinical Professor with the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, Platoni has published two books and numerous articles. Her expertise has given her voice national attention, and she has been quoted in The Washington Post, Newsweek, MSNBC, U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post, AP News and other local and national publications.
Two years after retiring from the U.S. Army in 2013, Platoni was sworn in as a member of the 4th Civil Support and Sustainment Brigade, Ohio Military Reserve as a Brigade Psychologist for the State Defense Forces. In 2014, she was awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States Army for exceptionally meritorious service and 2016 IVAT Returning Veterans Resiliency in Response to Trauma Award to a veteran who has experienced trauma.
The 2019 Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony took place in Dublin, Ohio.