Commander Kenneth J. "KJ" Green, U.S. Public Health Service, LCSW, BCD
Commander Kenneth J. “KJ” Green is the Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness at NOAA. He is responsible for creating and managing a program that (1) ensures everyone who experiences signs and symptoms of mental health and/or substance use issues has access to high-quality services in a supportive culture that encourages treatment and (2) promotes the wellness of the workforce as a whole by identifying opportunities to improve well-being and responding with best-fit interventions.
Before coming to NOAA, KJ was the Deputy Chief of the Behavioral Health Consultation Liaison Service at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, a Joint Task Force military treatment facility in northern Virginia. KJ served a catchment area that, in addition to Fort Belvoir, included the White House, Pentagon, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Washington Navy Yard, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Joint Base Andrews, and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. As a clinician, KJ responded to behavioral health consults placed by the hospital's Emergency Department, Family Medicine Inpatient Service, Mother-Baby Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and all other medical inpatient units. The hospital together with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center comprise the Defense Health Agency's National Capital Region Medical Directorate.
Prior to his assignment at Fort Belvoir, KJ was stationed at the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center on Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona, where he was the Warrior Transition Unit Behavioral Health Officer. The U.S. Army established Warrior Transition Units to provide personal support to soldiers wounded in the line of duty, who require at least six months of rehabilitative care and complex medical management to either return to duty, or to medically discharge from the military. As a collateral assignment, KJ served as the Deputy Chief of the hospital's Behavioral Health Department.
Before commissioning as an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, KJ operated a private therapy practice in Indiana.
KJ earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University, and is currently completing a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University, where he has been inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. KJ holds a license to practice clinical social work in the State of Indiana and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is a Board Certified Diplomate with the American Board of Clinical Social Work. KJ maintains professional memberships in the National Association of Social Workers, the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association), the American Public Health Association, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service.