Operations Director, Suicide Prevention Program
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University
Brooke currently serves as the Operations Director for the Suicide Prevention Program.
She is a clinical social worker with experience leading national programs and coordination of specialty health teams. She is an experienced strategic advisor for the National Guard and Defense Health prevention and behavioral health community. She thrives supporting military, academic, and community collaborations to deliver wellness programs and resources to underserved and hard to reach populations.
Prior to joining the CSTS team, Brooke served as the J1 Warrior Resilience and Fitness (WRF) Innovation & Outreach Branch Chief to shape wellness and help-seeking culture change efforts across the Army and Air National Guard. Her team led innovation pilots, suicide prevention and readiness analytics, and partnership engagements and agreements. She was the strategic communications lead as a liaison to Congress, public affairs, and media outlets. She is particularly proud of her team’s effort to build a Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy and innovation program framework across the 54 states and territories. Additionally, Brooke has served as the Army National Guard (ARNG) Behavioral Health Chief. She was the principal advisor to the Chief Surgeon and lead of the ARNG Directors of Psychological Health. Her efforts largely supported the conversion to a permanent full-time behavioral health workforce across the ARNG.
Her clinical concentration has largely focused on trauma and mild traumatic brain injury as a DoD clinician, TBI educator and program coordinator, and SME for clinical recommendations and dissemination. She has a strong interest in knowledge translation.
Brooke received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Widener University and her PhD in Human Services from Capella University. She completed ROTC and commissioned into the Army in 2005. She currently serves as a Behavioral Health Officer supporting the JFHQ in the District of Columbia National Guard. Brooke is an Active Duty military spouse and mom to two daughters.