Chris is a current doctoral student at the University of Texas Steve Hicks School of Social Work. He holds a master’s in social work (obtained while part of the inaugural cohort of the Army – Fayetteville State University Master’s of Social Work Program taught at Ft. Sam Houston, TX) and is an LCSW and BCD. Concurrent with being a student, Chris is also an active duty Army officer of thirteen years with three combat deployments. He recently returned from an overseas deployment to Kuwait and Iraq where he served as Commander of the 85th Medical Detachment, Combat Stress Control, providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare and prevention support activities to thousands of deployed joint service members.
Chris has been practicing as a clinical social worker for six years in the military and has served in various professional roles in outpatient practice, consultation, advocacy, and administration. His passion to improve the psychosocial functioning of Service Members was born from his experience as a behavioral health officer for a Brigade Combat Team. While there, Chris worked closely with leaders to improve direct level and peer-to-peer counseling, assessing for childhood adversity and the impact it has on both risk and hardiness. He recently presented findings from his epidemiologic study on the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences among service members at the University of Texas 4th annual Military Social Work conference.
Chris is interested in further studying the impact of adverse childhood experiences in Service Member health outcomes, specifically with regard to mitigating high-risk behavior. He will collaborate with the Millennium Cohort Study and the Department of Defense Research Facilitation Laboratory on cutting edge research within the military, optimizing early intervention and prevention strategies and policy development. Other areas of interest in research include Posttraumatic Growth and hardiness among Service and Family Members, as well as unit cohesion.