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Executive Officer

Captain Katharine K. Shobe, Ph.D.

Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Executive Officer
Naval Health Research Center

Captain Katharine (Katie) Shobe, a native of Naperville, IL, received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993, and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 1999. In the fall of 2000 she was commissioned and attended Officer Indoctrination School (OIS) in Newport, RI.

CAPT Shobe’s first assignment as a research psychologist was at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL) in Groton, CT as the Deputy Director of the Human Performance Department.

In November 2004 she transferred to the Human Performance Center Detachment, Submarine Learning Center in Groton, CT, and her follow-on tour was at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific in San Diego as the Military Group Head for the Navigation and Applied Sciences Department.

In August 2009 CAPT Shobe was assigned as the Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology Department at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA, supporting military personnel readiness through studies in areas of stress, mental health, and suicide. CAPT Shobe deployed to Afghanistan from May 2010 until January 2011, serving as the Operations Officer for the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) Mobile Care Team. The team conducted mental health surveillance of over 2,000 combat-deployed Navy personnel, and provided unit consultation on the psychological well-being of its Sailors. Upon redeployment she returned to the Naval Health Research Center.

CAPT Shobe reported to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA in October 2012, serving in multiple roles. As Deputy Director of the Warfighter Protection and Applications Division of Warfighter Performance, she was responsible for oversight of $112M of externally-funded programs developing science and technology solutions for the improvement of warfighter performance. In the position of the Deputy Director of the Research Protections Division, she was responsible for ensuring that human subject research supported by the DoN conducted at systems and training commands, in the operational forces, and at extramural institutions complied with regulations and directives.

In August 2015, CAPT Shobe transferred to the Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DON SAPRO) as the Director of Research, performing duties for the Secretary of the Navy related to sexual assault prevention and response including policy and program development. She also served as the Acting Chief of Staff for five months, coordinating with senior staff counterparts at the Department of Defense, Service-level entities of the Navy and the Marine Corps, and other organizations within the Navy Secretariat. CAPT Shobe assumed duties as Executive Officer at the Naval Health Research Center in June 2018.

CAPT Shobe served as the Specialty Leader of the Research Psychology community from March 2013 to December 2016. She also served as the Vice President for the Sea Services Leadership Association (SSLA). CAPT Shobe completed an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and received Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Level 1 certification. She is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is acquisition certified Level 3 in both Program Management and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering – Science and Technology Management. Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four Gold Stars, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, as well as multiple unit and campaign awards.