Ingrid Herrera-Yee is an Army National Guard spouse and the mother of three sons, one of whom has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, occular motor apraxia, and epilepsy. Her family and advocacy work are her passion. In 2014, she was recognized for her efforts and named the Armed Forces Insurance National Guard Spouse of the Year.
Ingrid received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont and held a clinical fellowship at Harvard University for several years. She has worked tirelessly for over a decade as a clinician, researcher, advocate, educator, and speaker. She has also championed causes involving special needs children and the rising rate of suicide among service members, veterans, and their families.
She is the director of military and veterans policy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where she works to improve the lives of service members, veterans, and families by advocating on Capitol Hill for improving access to mental health care. She is also the founder and president of Military Spouse Behavioral Health Clinicians, a professional network of military spouses who are psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals on the front lines of the national mental health crisis in both the military and civilian populations.
Ingrid is a member of the Association of the United States Army’s Spouse Advisory Group. She has been a special contributor to NBC News, Military Times, Air Force Times, Military Spouse Magazine and CNN and spends her free time mentoring spouses through eMentor and Joining Forces.
She held a clinical fellowship at Harvard University for several years and received her PhD from the University of Vermont. She loves spending time with her husband and boys, running, and training her German Shepherd puppy, Scout, who serves as both the family pet and therapy dog.