Kate Hendricks Thomas

Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas is an assistant professor of Public Health at Charleston Southern University. She is a teacher, speaker, and the author of Brave, Strong, True: The Modern Warrior’s Battle for Balance. Hendricks Thomas, also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, helps businesses and military veterans optimize their performance through resilient leadership training. Her behavioral health research, published in journals like Advances in Social Work, the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, and Gender Forum, has been praised as “masterful” and “constructive.”

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    Loneliness Kills: Lessons From a Combat Hospital

    I used to think I understood health. I worked in fitness and told people about it for a living. I WAS WRONG. Focusing only on movement and nutrition, I was missing the bedrock concept upon which real health is built. We are wired to connect and social health is the foundation of human well-being. (Check out […]

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    Military Women: The Surprising Health Benefits of Combat Integration

    Better, Not Worse, Together Military veterans have a good understanding of what unit cohesion means, but if you’re not a veteran or want a refresher, a recent RAND study outlines various ways unit cohesion is established. Task cohesion means everyone is working toward the same goal. Vertical cohesion means troops and their leaders bond, while […]

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    Battling for Balance

    When I left the Marine Corps, I had a hard time carving a new identity for myself. I was terribly invested in what others thought of me. My public story was of crisp uniforms, physical fitness metrics, and successes. I always looked good on paper. My private story involved destructive choices, broken doors and holes […]

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    Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans

    By Kate Hendricks Thompson and Sarah Plummer Taylor An increase in trauma-informed care leads to more efficient and effective response at every level of patient care, and thus, a reduction of wait times at VA Hospitals. Rebecca served nine years as a Marine Officer, and had relied upon the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) for her health […]

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    How Do We Alter the Dialogue About Resilence

    Despite the vast news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, one figure has remained mysterious: the number of suicides among US servicemen and women, compared to combat casualties. Here’s one statistic to contemplate: In 2012, the US military lost 295 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines in combat in Afghanistan. But over […]