Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, SVP for Moral Injury Recovery Programs

Rita Nakashima Brock, Rel. M., M.A., Ph.D., is Senior Vice President for Moral Injury Recovery Programs at Volunteers of America. She leads the

organization’s efforts to deepen understanding about moral injury in the many populations who experience it. The center builds on Volunteers of

America’s work, spanning more than a century, of helping veterans and others who live with this emotional trauma.

A noted theologian, Dr. Brock was the Founding Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, where she also was a Research Professor of Theology and Culture. She is co-author of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War, Beacon Press, 2012, and Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us, Beacon Press, 2001. She is a leading national expert on moral injury in combat veterans and has offered trainings for VA mental health providers, for professional chaplains, and for veterans and their families.

In her first master’s degree, Dr. Brock studied youth development, psychology of religion, and pastoral counseling and was employed as a youth minister.

From 1974 to 1988, Dr. Brock was Protestant chaplain for a high school level, human relations and justice, summer-school program in Los Angeles County called Brotherhood/Sisterhood USA, administered by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In addition, from 1979-1981, she served as Assistant Chaplain and Instructor in Religion at Chapman University.

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