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Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee

Advisory Council Member

Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee is a military spouse and mother of three who has led an impressive career as a Military Mental Health SME. She has spent the better part of almost 20 years dedicated to the military community focused primarily on mental health, suicide prevention, spouse employment, and diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2014, she was named the Armed Forces Insurance National Guard Spouse of the Year, and in 2020 she received the Volunteer Impact Award from Hiring our Heroes and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Ingrid has also been featured as a military mental health SME on several new sites, including CNN and NBC News, and in several publications, including Stars and Stripes, Military Families Magazine and Military Times. She’s also served on several boards including the Military Spouse Advocacy Network, Military Family Advisory Network, Partners in Promise and Blue Star Families where she also served as co-chair of the inaugural Blue Star Families Equity and Inclusion Committee, among others.

Serving as a SME at the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, Ingrid played an integral role in the creation of the very first report on military family suicide. Dr. Herrera-Yee also contributed to the very first report on military and Veteran families of color through Blue Star Families. Currently, through her role at the Department of Defense, she is working to help hire military spouses for a first of its kind Integrated Primary Prevention Workforce (IPPW) initiative. She also has been traveling extensively in support of military installation site visits that will help DoD better understand the risk and protective factors related to various harmful behaviors, and more importantly how to prevent them. Through her commitment and passionate service to the military community over the past two decades, Dr. Herrera-Yee has helped improve the lives of military service members, veterans and their families.