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Kim Finney - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kim Finney Kim Finney

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor focused on mental health in military and police officers.



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KIMBERLY FINNEY is a board certified clinical psychologist and clinical associate professor. A retired U.S. Air Force officer, Finney’s final assignment was flight commander of the mental health clinic at Los Angeles Air Force Base, where she was responsible for the delivery of mental health services, family advocacy and substance abuse services to the 8,300 beneficiaries served by the clinic.

Finney entered the Air Force in 1989 as a laboratory officer and was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Following several assignments as an Air Force psychologist, she was selected Field Grade Psychologist of the Year for 2003 by Air Force Space Command. In 2004, she received a fellowship in psychopharmacology and later earned her post-doctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology from Nova Southeastern University. She was one of only four Air Force psychologists and one of approximately 150 psychologists nationwide who were credentialed to prescribe medications.

Over the course of her service, Finney has served as director of mental health services, a flight commander and Air Force Space Command mental health consultant. Among her many honors are the prestigious Tri-Service Admiral Zumwalt Award for Community Leadership and a National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star.

Education (4)

Wright State University: Psy.D

Nova Southeastern University: M.S.

Wright State University: M.A.

Rush University: B.A.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Social Work

Veteran Students Resources and Education

Race and Social Perceptions

Neurobiology of Stress


Mental Health

Social Work Education

Industry Expertise (7)

Mental Health Care


Health Care - Services

Health and Wellness

Health Care - Providers


Writing and Editing

Accomplishments (4)

Congressional Recognition, Lead From Front Award, (professional)

Janice Hahn

Meritorious Service Medal (professional)

U.S. Air Force

Commendation Medal (professional)

U.S. Air Force

National Defense Service Medal (professional)

U.S. Air Force

Affiliations (1)

  • United States Air Force: Retired Officer


Research Articles & Publications (2)

Sex and the Military: The need for provider education. Contemporary Behavioral Health Care

Sherrie L. Wilcox , Doni P Whitsett, Kimberly Finney


Military populations have increased exposure to physical and psychological trauma, which increases their vulnerability to sexual dysfunction. Despite high rates of sexual functioning problems in military populations, including erectile dysfunction and anorgasmia, few behavioral health providers are adequately prepared to address these problems, partly due to a lack of training options.

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A brief introduction to the military workplace culture. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation

Redmond, S.A., Wilcox, S.L., Campbell, S., Kim, A., Finney, K., Barr, K., & Hassan, A.M.


The purpose of this article is to introduce general concepts regarding the structure and culture of the United States Military and discuss how this creates challenges for reintegrating into the civilian world.

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