Ingrid Herrera-Yee

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor

Education: PhD

Industry Expertise: research, suicide prevention, multicultural psychology, and military mental health

Research Interest: suicide prevention, frontline healthcare worker burnout, and impact of COVID-19 on mental health


Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee received her PhD in clinical psychology with a concentration in trauma from the University of Vermont and served as a clinical fellow for several years at Harvard University. Since that time, with her family’s frequent military moves, she has worked in policy, as an educator, speaker, writer, curriculum designer, and researcher. Her research has focused on preventing suicide amongst military service members as well as in resiliency among domestic violence survivors. She is a military spouse, and the founder of Military Spouse Behavioral Health Clinicians supporting military spouses through their career journey in mental health. She was named the National Guard Spouse of the Year in 2014, received the Hiring our Heroes Military Spouse Volunteer Impact Award in 2020 and the Edith Hendley Award for outstanding contributions to the lives of women through clinical work, teaching, research, and advocacy. She serves on several advisory boards including Give an Hour, Blue Star Families, the Military Family Advisory Network and serves on the boards of Everymind and the Military Spouse Advocacy Network. She has been published extensively and has been asked to speak on military and family mental health issues, to include Military Times, CNN and others. Recently, she worked as a contractor for the Department of Defenses’ Suicide Prevention Office where she supported research, data analysis, and evaluation efforts aimed at decreasing suicide among military service members and their families. Her work led to the very first report and counts for military spouse and child suicide. Currently, she is executive director and senior program officer for the National Academy of Medicine where she is working to prevent mental health concerns including burnout and suicide among frontline medical healthcare workers during COVID-19.