Dr. Denchfield has been with the Coast Guard since September 1997 serving in progressive leadership roles. Currently, she serves as the key advisor to the U.S. Coast Guard Director of Health, Safety, and Work-Life for all behavioral health matters. In this role, she develops, coordinates, and manages a comprehensive behavioral health program portfolio in support of a geographically dispersed, multi-missioned, national security organization. Programs within her purview include: Family Advocacy, Employee Assistance, Suicide Prevention, Critical Incident Stress Management, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Health Promotion, with primary focus on policy and program development, fiscal and personnel resource planning, and program management. She oversees and manages administrative and business-related project management to assure measurable results to support mission.
Dr. Denchfield holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees, Master of Arts in Psychology, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2015, she was competitively selected by the Executive Resources Board of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to participate in the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP). Dr. Denchfield performed her SES CDP developmental assignment at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs, where she served as a senior leader and an advisor to the Acting Director in the formulation of a crucial strategic initiative for the Department-wide Workforce Health Protection Infrastructure.
Build up a network of mental health safety throughout the enterprise.