Tina Atherall, DSW, LMSW
Tina brings to PsychArmor her vast experience and leadership in the military non-profit community and academia. In 2006, she co-founded Hope For The Warriors, an organization dedicated to serving combat wounded service members 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 educating and advocating for critical support for those who have served and their families. 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 social isolation specifically the challenges of military family social isolation.
As an adjunct faculty, her love for PsychArmor began while utilizing the PAI educational videos to enhance teaching social work practice with military and their families to Masters of Social Work students in New York City.
As PsychArmor’s new CEO, Tina will continue the mission of educating a nation. She has fresh ideas to strengthen PsychAmor’s pivotal role as the “go to” place for employers, healthcare providers, educators, volunteers, municipalities, service providers, government workers, caregivers and communities to learn about how to better serve our military, Veterans and their families
Full Name: Tina Atherall
Hometown: Yorktown Heights, New York
Education: Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from the University of Southern California
Q & A with Colonel Denise “Deno” Cooper, Ph.D. (USAF)
Director of the School for Transitioning Service Members
1. How has your military service impacted your work in the civilian world?
My military service has impacted my work in the civilian world most notably in the area of mindset or mentality. How I choose to think about a person place or thing. First, the military exposed me to both growth and outward mindset. The first is attributed to a Stanford Scholar and the latter is proprietary from Arbinger Institute. The idea is that I own my attitude, outlook, response, and hustle. I take care of my mindset with mindfulness and meditation which keeps me humble, out of ego and focused on values-driven and purposeful action.
2. What song defines/ reminds you of your time in the service?
I will survive by Gloria Gaynor. One of the co-writers, interestingly, is also named Dino; pronounced the same as my nickname, spelled differently, Deno. (Dino Fekaria…) It’s a timeless female empowerment song and speaks to me about personal strength.
3. Why did you decide to join PsychArmor Institute?
I am thrilled to do my fellowship with PsychArmor because I am 100% dedicated to the mission. I consider myself an educator at heart and firmly believe that education, for me, is key to a good life well-lived.
4. Our mission is to “Educate A Nation”, what skills and expertise do you plan to use continue our goal in utilizing technology and innovation to educate our community?
I spent the last few years of my career exploring micro-content, online learning, and using technology in an “on command and on-demand” paradigm. On command has been the traditional model but as we move out of industrial age to a knowledge economy, the on-demand, learner-centric model is a new reality. I am curious how we might introduce some mindfulness and meditation content into our mission to educate a nation.
5. What is your favorite PsychArmor course?
Transition School of course…it is defining my life right now. : )
6. What is your favorite quote?
More of a poem: “What is Success?” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child; a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”
7. What is your favorite road trip?
Any road trip with my husband Scott and Jenna…we love to road trip in our suburban and also when we had our RV. Did awesome trip through Grand Canyon/Santa Fe and another to Charleston & Savanah GA. Our family is on a quest to find the best salt and vinegar chips in the world every time we road trip. Best to date is Thunder Cloud.
8. What is your go-to snack?
Cheese!! I am a cheese enthusiast. Also, I love coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. On that note, I love music…which is a snack for the ears! Classical in the morning, Jazz in the afternoons, and when I am stressed Christmas Carols…year-round.
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“Education raises a collective consciousness. It’s where the conversation starts– with people. We want to make a difference. Let’s do it together.”
Dr. Tina Atherall, DSW, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer