CAPT_WFinch_PicCaptain Wanda L. Finch, LICSW, CAS

Family and Community Resilience Program Manager for the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Deployment Health Clinical Center

Captain Finch is responsible for promoting family and community resilience initiatives designed to improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families by advancing clinical and health status outcomes for psychological health and traumatic brain injury conditions. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Jackson State University, a Master’s in Education degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s of Social Work degree from Howard University. She has provided over 20 years of professional social work practice to adults with mental health and substance use conditions, child welfare system, military families and numerous underserved populations. Throughout her career, Captain Finch has provided technical assistance nationwide and administered national programs for adults with mental health issues including behavioral health and justice initiatives, trauma recovery, consumer operated programs, and behavioral health systems transformation activities to promote resilience and recovery. Prior to DCoE, she was employed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health and Child and Family Services Agencies, and PHP Healthcare, a contractor for the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program. Captain Finch is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and an adjunct provider for Behavioral Health Services of the United States Army at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. She is the recipient of several awards including the Defense Centers of Excellence Certificate of Appreciation in 2012; 2010 Social Worker of the Year for the US Public Health Service; Outstanding Senior Officer during the 2010 Office of Force Readiness and Deployment Medical Readiness Training; and Honorary Pike County Judge for Pikeville County Kentucky in 2010.