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Lending a Hand to Women Veterans as They Transition from Military to Civilian Life

November 29, 2020 @ 11:58 pm CST

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About this Episode:

In this Let’s Talk Transitions! Podcast, Jennifer Rea chats with Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas, U.S. Marine veteran officer and behavioral health researcher. Kate shares her personal experience of the challenges she had when transitioning from the active duty component to civilian life. These “hurdles” motivated Kate to research and then educate others about the importance of mental fitness and performance – to ensure that other service members who follow after her, do not have to fight the same battles as Kate once did. Several culturally specific resources are shared to better assist professionals as you work (specifically) with female service members, women veterans, and their families.

Guest Bio:

photo for podcastKate Hendricks Thomas, PhD is a behavioral medicine researcher and Master Certified Health Education Specialist. She studies evidence-based mental fitness and peak performance and is the author of several books. Kate is passionate about education and teaches for George Mason University’s Department of Global and Community Health.

Her TEDx speeches provide a glimpse into Dr. Kate’s unique ability to make science accessible and actionable for everyday audiences.

Dr. Kate’s background as an academic researcher, storyteller, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran positions her to communicate credibly to a variety of audiences.

She is a writer and researcher at heart, and has authored over 100 scientific publications and presentations. Her behavioral health research, published in journals like Best Practices in Mental Health, the Journal of Environmental Psychology, and Military Behavioral Health, has been praised as “masterful” and “constructive.” She writes for a diverse array of popular blogs and newspapers – her social commentary has been featured on NPR and BBC and published in The Hill and in The Washington Post.

Guest website –                                                                                              Guest Facebook –                                    Guest Instagram – @thedrkate

Blogs & OpEds:

    1. Broadwell, P., & Thomas, K.H. (2017, Sep 27). Don’t abandon our female veterans to staggering risk of suicide. The Hill. Retrieved from
    2. Thomas, K.H., & Hunter, K. (2017, Jul 21). Are veteran services organizations doing enough to support female vets. Task & Purpose. Retrieved from
    3. Thomas, K.H. (2017, Jun 7). The impact of invisibility on military veteran women. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health Blog. Retrieved from


    1. Invisible Veterans, by Kate Thomas Hendricks, PhD and Kyleanne Hunter
    2. Widen the Window, by Elizabeth Stanley, PhD


    1. Service Women’s Action Network
    2. Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT) by Dr. Elizabeth Stanley
    3. Team Red, White and Blue
    4. The Mission Continues
      1.  The Women Veterans Leadership Program
    5. Journal of Veteran Studies
    6. Veteran Outreach Task Force
    7. America’s Warrior Partnership
    9. Minority Vets of America
    10. Center for Women Veterans (CWV)


This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366. 


November 29, 2020
11:58 pm CST
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