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Clinical Psychology Interns Graduate


By WRNMMC Command Communications

Six Sailors graduated from the year-long Clinical Psychology Intern Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 13.

The graduating class included Navy Lt. Michael Widroff, Lt. Jessica Riley, Lt. Odelia McFadden, Lt. Milton Dawkins, Lt. Bryan Steinkopf and Lt. LaToya Small.
During their internship at WRNMMC, the new military psychologists conducted psychological testing, performed consultations, specialty evaluations and research, among other duties. Their studies prepared them to work in traditional settings like hospitals and mental health clinics, as well as military-unique settings, such as deploying units or combat stress control teams, said WRNMMC leaders and program coordinators.
Navy Capt. (Dr.) Carrie Kennedy, director of the Deployment Health Clinical Center, served as guest speaker during the graduation. The DHCC is one of three centers that make up the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Kennedy has deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2006 as chief of behavioral health services and then to Afghanistan with 1st Medical Battalion in 2010, where she was assigned to the Role III hospital on Camp Bastian. She also served as group psychologist of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, Quantico, Virginia, and as mental health department head at Naval Branch Health Clinic, Bahrain.
According to officials within the Military Health System, “Mental health, or psychological health, encompasses the well-being of mind, body and spirit, and contributes to overall health and resilience.” The clinical psychology internship program helps prepare new military psychologists to understand and treat the behavioral health concerns affecting the functioning, readiness and optimal health of service members and their families, such as readjustment, depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, sleep disorders and substance misuse. This care contributes to an overall health of the force to enhance readiness, stated program officials.