Navy Capt. (Dr.) Carrie Kennedy


Deployment Health Clinical Center

Navy Capt. (Dr.) Carrie Kennedy is the director of the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC), one of three centers of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).

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Kennedy was commissioned as a lieutenant in the fourth year of her Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Drexel University. She completed her internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, in 2000 and transferred to National Naval Medical Center where she worked in the HIV clinic for 8 months. Operational requirements prompted her early transfer to United States Naval Hospital, Okinawa in 2001, where she served as department head of the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program until 2004.

Following her tour in Okinawa, she was selected for Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) and completed postdoctoral fellowship training in neuropsychology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2006. She was then assigned to Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), Pensacola, Florida, where she completed aeromedical officer training, was winged as aerospace experimental psychologist #133 and served as aerospace neuropsychologist until 2011. While stationed at NAMI she was deployed twice, first 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 and evaluated individuals with blast concussions in the emergency department.

Next, she served as group psychologist of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, Quantico, Virginia, and before coming to DHCC, she served as mental health department head at Naval Branch Health Clinic, Bahrain.

Kennedy’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal. She is board certified in clinical psychology and police and public safety psychology.

Dr. Kate McGraw

Deputy Director

Deployment Health Clinical Center

Dr. Kate McGraw is the deputy director of the Deployment Health Clinical Center, one of three centers of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).

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McGraw was previously DHCC’s associate director of psychological health clinical care where she led a team of subject matter experts to review evidence-based psychological health literature, identify gaps in policy, research and treatment, and use evidence to resolve scientific, clinical and operational psychological health problems in the Military Health System.

McGraw was the DoD co-lead for the VA/DoD Integrated Mental Health Strategy, Strategic Action 28 Task Group, which focused on the mental health needs of female service members and veterans, and sexual assault and harassment victims of both genders.  She is also the lead for the DoD Sexual Assault Advisory Group to the Psychological Health Council. 

McGraw’s military experience included serving as one of the first female U.S. Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers. She served as aerospace psychologist for the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program and flight commander of mental health, and was chief of the deployed team that provided operational mental health support for the Department of Defense Port Mortuary during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. 

Highlights of McGraw’s experience in the civilian sector include adjunct professor at Washington College, management consultant at a large psychiatric hospital, director of integrated behavioral health services at a primary care clinic for an underserved Latino population, and co-developer of Delaware’s first suicide prevention plan. 

McGraw received her bachelor’s degree in piano from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford; her master’s degree in human services from the University of Great Falls; and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center at Dallas.