Leadership

Dr. Kate McGraw

Acting Division Chief

Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Dr. Kate McGraw is the acting division chief of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE). Dr. McGraw was previously the Center’s deputy division chief. Her work since 2011 has informed a variety of Department of Defense (DoD) psychological health policy, research, implementation, and treatment gaps, especially in areas related to mental health needs of military and veteran women, service members who disclose sexual assault, ostracism, implementation science, and global behavioral health.

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 DoD Port Mortuary during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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. She was also Distinguished Graduate, USAF Officer Training School, and Distinguished Graduate, ICBM Missile Combat Crew Initial Qualification Training School.

Her personal decorations include Joint Meritorious Service Award, 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 PHCoE’s Administration and Operations Branch Chief. 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 Force; 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 Service 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.