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NPA May, 2015 Member Spotlight

Mikel M. Merritt, Maj., Ph.D. ABPP, M.A.,

Dr. Mikel Merritt is a prescribing psychologist with the United States Air Force.  He earned his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in August of 2006.  The final year of his doctoral studies, he commissioned with the US Air Force to complete an internship and has gone on to serve for ten years as an Active Duty psychologist, deploying once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan.  He is currently stationed at Whiteman AFB, MO where he serves as the Mental Health Flight Commander, supervising a team of mental health providers including active duty and civilian Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatrists. 

During the course of his career Dr. Merritt has been stationed at Andrews AFB, MD;  Holloman AFB, in NM; Yokota AB, in Tokyo prefecture Japan; and is currently at Whiteman AFB, MO.  He has had the pleasure of being involved in humanitarian missions as part of the Humanitarian Aid Rapid Response Team (HARRT) for the Pacific region.  As part of the HARRT, Dr. Merritt was deployed to Indonesia to assist in providing care to over 4,000.  While working in Indonesia he was asked to provide training to the Indonesian Air Force on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Combat and Operational Stress. 

While he was stationed in Japan, Dr. Merritt played a key role in assisting the Yokota population after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear meltdown.   He created trainings to assist the members of the base population who remained in Japan, and also those who elected to leave under the Voluntary Authorized Departure.  When many of the base residents returned, Dr. Merritt was again prepared to help by developing an integrated return to Whiteman training to ease the transition.  

In his role at Whiteman AFB, Dr. Merritt serves as the installation suicide prevention program manager, a role that has led him to create several new innovative programs in an effort to assist to the military men and women he serves with.  His efforts at Whiteman led to him being named the 2014 Field Grade Officer of the Year (pictured with his wife at the annual awards ceremony).

Dr. Merritt has three children, Eleanor, Isaac and Ethan.  As a family they enjoy fishing, “Family Movie Night,” and various activities in which his children participate.  Dr. Merritt currently plans to serve another ten years in the Air Force before retiring to return to Nebraska (where he is licensed) and practice psychology

Previous NPA Member Spotlights

January, 2015 — Lyndia Madison

December, 2014 — Mark Hald

October, 2014 — Sarah Schaffer

August, 2014 — Brenda Rohren

July, 2014 — Heath Hodges

June, 2014 — April Davis


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