Navy Capt. (Dr.) Carrie Kennedy

Division Chief

Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Navy Capt. (Dr.) Carrie Kennedy serves as the division chief of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) and the Navy’s clinical psychology specialty leader. 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 PHCoE, 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 Division Chief

Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Dr. Kate McGraw is the deputy division chief of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE). Dr. McGraw was previously PHCoE's associate director of psychological health clinical care, where she led a team of subject matter experts to review evidence-based psychological health literature, to identify gaps in policy, research and treatment, and to use evidence to resolve psychological health scientific, clinical and operational challenges in the DoD. She 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 service members who have experienced sexual assault and harassment, both genders. She is the lead for the DoD Sexual Assault Advisory Group to the Psychological Health and Readiness Council, and serves as a member of the U.S. Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council.

McGraw’s military experience included serving as one of the first female U.S. Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers. She also 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 September 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 (Providence); and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center at Dallas.

Her personal decorations include Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Mr. Dennis Brown

Branch Chief, Administration & Operations

Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Mr. Dennis Brown is Branch Chief, Administration & Operations of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE). Brown had a very distinguished military career which culminated with his retirement as a colonel from the U.S. Army in February 2015. During his time in the military, he held several command and staff positions including force health protection officer in Croatia as part of Joint Task Force Provide Promise (Forward) under the United Nations Protection; commander of the 38th Medical Detachment in Korea; commander of the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine – North at Fort Meade, Maryland; commander of the Joint Technical Augmentation Cell at Fort Monroe, Virginia; deputy surgeon at U.S. Army Central/3rd Army in Atlanta, Georgia; and chief of staff of the U.S. Army Public Health Command. In addition, Brown was a senior service college fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Brown received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University-Camden, master’s degree in health care administration from Central Michigan University and master’s degree in environmental health engineering from the University of Texas

Brown’s military awards include a Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Serve Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, United Nations Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal and the Air Assault Badge.