MSgt, USAF, CADC
Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University
MSgt Steward is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress and has been with the Center since October 2018. She oversees a range of education modules for 400 junior medical officers and organizes behavioral health conferences that reach international audiences. Additionally, she serves as a member of data collection teams, assists in preparation of initial data analysis, administers and collects survey data, performs field interviews, and collects DNA/RNA samples for stress and biomarker studies of military populations for research publications. Furthermore, MSgt Steward provides hands-on training and mentoring to over 200 joint and allied military medical students in field exercises annually.
She enlisted in the Air Force in 2002 and cross-trained into the mental health career field in 2010. As a Mental Health Technician, she deployed to Landstuhl Air Base, Germany in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION NEW DAWN. In this capacity, she worked as a Shift Leader in the inpatient psychiatric unit and performed medical evacuations for service members returning to the United States. MSgt Steward has served as NCOIC of Family Advocacy, Mental Health, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program. Additionally, she was the Drug Demand Reduction Program Manager at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. While assigned as Flight Chief of the Peak Performance Center at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, MSgt Steward enhanced the well-being and personal effectiveness of 4,100 cadets. She served as a behavioral health consultant to Air Officer Commandings and Academy Military Trainers. She provided guidance on preventative behavioral health services, transitional stress, developmental challenges, and management of high-risk situations. In 2017, MSgt Steward received her Alcohol and Drug Counseling certification and in 2019 she received her B.S. in psychology from Colorado Christian University. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in clinical mental health counseling.