Meet the MSPP MIlitary Community
Rob Chester is a 2nd year student in the Clinical PsyD program. He is currently working in the Substance Abuse Residential Rehab Treatment Program (SARRTP) at the Boston VA. His rank is 2LT, second lieutenant, O-1. In addition to his academics, Rob serves as a Health Services Officer at Hanscom Air Force Base in the National Guard as part of a four-person behavioral health team, consisting of a psychologist (the only psychologist in the Mass National Guard, NGMA), two social workers and Rob. The team participates in many PHAs (periodic health assessments) checking on the mental health of soldiers, pre- post- and between deployments. Anytime an NGMA unit returns from a deployment the team provides mental health services at the demobilization (DEMOB) site. Last spring, when several NGMA units were activated to provide support for survivors of the tornadoes in western Massachusetts, the behavioral health team visited the area and spoke with several soldiers and civilians about their concerns. This summer Rob went to a DEMOB site at Camp Atterbury, IN, for two weeks with the NGMA behavioral health team and provided behavioral health support for civilian mental health workers assessing an NGMA infantry battalion returning from Afghanistan.
Trey served in the army from 2003 to 2006 in a combat unit. After realizing that many of his new military “family” had issues involving things that they had seen in combat and how that not only affected them but also the entire unit, he decided to pursue psychology . When it came time to re-enlist, he entered the reserves in order to pursue a psychology graduate education with the goal of returning to the military full time to serve one day as a military psychologist.
Evan Bick is a first year student in the Clinical PsyD program Evan Bick joined the US Army after graduating from college in 2006. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in January 2007, and after infantry training was stationed at Fort Riley, KS. He deployed to Baghdad as an infantry platoon leader and assistant battalion operations officer from 9/08 to 9/09. Currently Evan serves in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as an Officer Candidate School Instructor. His major interest in psychology is working with veterans. Currently, he is completing his field placement requirement at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley.
Eli was a 1st LT when he left active duty in the Army, serving from 2003 to 2006. He is currently a 4th year student and is considering working with active duty personnel or veterans in the future.