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Dr. Michael A. Cunningham

Dr. Michael Cunningham is a 16-year veteran of the fire service, currently serving as a division chief, chief of staff to the fire chief with Cobb County (Ga.) Fire & Emergency Services. He has spent his career as a firefighter and fire officer, as a training division instructor, and as a member of the administrative senior staff educating firefighters in the areas of fire behavior and firefighting tactics, leadership, career development, and diversity and inclusion. Dr. Cunningham has a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology, a master’s degree in business administration, a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics, and an associate degree in avionic systems technology. Dr. Cunningham can be reached via email.

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