Dr. Tina Atherall is a social innovation strategist with a concentration in non-profit management, community collaboration, and advocacy. She is the CEO of PsychArmor Institute and works with communities educating and advocating for critical support for those who have served and their families. In 2006, she co-founded an organization dedicated to serving combat wounded servicemembers and their families. Scaling a grass-roots effort to a national platform, she worked extensively with various levels of military leadership, agencies, corporations, and communities. She has embedded her career in the field of social work innovation and leadership and obtained her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from the University of Southern California. Her recent work focuses on the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work to eradicate the public health crisis of social isolation specifically the challenges of military family. Tina has advanced certificates in nonprofit leadership, human-centered design facilitation, military family readiness, military social work, and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work.
Tina is dedicated to leadership, mentorship and strengthening communities. She is an active board member of the San Diego Veterans Coalition (SDVC), The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) and the Congressional Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP). She leads the CRISP Social Work leadership committee and the annual Student Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. She received the California Baptiste School of Social Work Fulfilling The Dream Award (2020), University of Southern California Suzanne-Dworak Peck School of Social Work Student Alumni Award (2018), NASW NYS Merit Service Award (2014) and NASW NYC Chapter Emerging Leader Social Work Leadership Award (2016). She is a member of the NationSwell Council leveraging cross-sector networks.