Christine Kmiecik, LCSW

PhD Student
Social Work

Captain Christine Kmiecik is currently serving as an active duty PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She began the doctorate program in fall 2017. Capt Kmiecik graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in social work and commissioned as an officer in the Air Force in 2012. Through her work as a clinical social worker in the military, Capt Kmiecik has developed a passion for research in the study area of military policy and its impact on health among female service members.

Capt Kmiecik worked as a clinical social worker serving military men, women, and their families. She began her social work career at Andrews AFB, MD, completing a one-year residency from Oct 2012-Oct 2013. During this time, she gained expertise in the areas of mental health, family advocacy, and alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention (ADAPT). In the area of mental health, she served military men, women, and their families. Treatment included individual, group, and family therapy to include trauma-focused treatment. In family advocacy, she worked with parents, children, couples and families on parenting skills, intimate partner violence treatment and prevention, couple’s communication and family therapy. Lastly, in ADAPT, she treated individuals in both individual and group settings who had difficulties with substance misuse and abuse.

From October 2013-August 2017, Capt Kmiecik was stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. She served as a mental health clinician and family advocacy deputy for the Department of Defense, which provided clinical care to more than 56,000 military beneficiaries. Capt Kmiecik had the opportunity to supervise and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team that included mental health technicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Education:

  • MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
  • B.S., Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010

Research interests:

  • Intersection of military policy and health in women service members
  • Military and family
  • Military retention