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Welcome to FOCUS-CI at WRNMMC! 

Please feel free to explore our site to learn more about Who We AreWRNMMC Supporters, Upcoming Events, and Local Resources.

Who We Are

Dr. Brett Schneider is our site PI at WRNMMC. Our FOCUS-CI Coordinators at WRNMMC are Mona Mendelson, LCSW-C and Heidi Shull, LCPC, NCC, and Mikelle Miles-Mooney, MS, LGPC.

You can reach our WRNMMC FOCUS-CI Coordinators by email, text or phone!

Mona can be reached at 240-997-5934. Her email address is

Heidi can be reached at 301-938-3534. Her email address is

Mikelle can be reached at 301-461-1386. Her email address is


LTC Brett Schneider has served as the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service at WRNMMC since 2006.  He is an Iraq war veteran, and an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist.  He has spent his career working with service members and their families, both at WRNMMC and overseas.

Mona Mendelson is a clinical social worker with almost twenty-years of experience. She has worked in various clinical settings including private practice, hospitals, pain clinic, training institute/clinic, community mental health, college counseling center and youth services. In her private practice, she provides individual, couples and group therapy. Mona is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. She is also certified in Object Relations Psychotherapy through the International Psychotherapy Institute in Bethesda where she provided supervision and assisted with the training curriculum.  Mona has been working with service members and their families at WRNMMC since 2010.

Heidi Shull received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. Prior to joining the CSTS team, Heidi served military families as a Resiliency Trainer with the FOCUS Project at Marine Corps Bases Camp Lejeune and Quantico where she helped families to work together through deployment and injury-related challenges. Since 2010, Heidi has collaborated with the National Military Family Association to support Wounded Warrior families and families who have recently reunited following deployment through the NMFA’s Operation Purple Camps: Healing Adventures and Operation Purple Camps: Family Retreats programs. Heidi has also provided counseling for service members and their family members at the Counseling and Advocacy Program in Okinawa, Japan. Heidi has been working with service members and their families at WRNMMC since 2011.

Mikelle Miles-Mooney received her Master’s degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and her BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with both children and adults. Some of her prior experience in mental health includes; working with children in a hospital setting, grief and trauma work with children and adults, providing mental health services for those overcoming sexual assault, and served overseas as a Youth Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps. Mikelle joined the FOCUS-CI team in 2013.   

Community Supporters

We are grateful to have the support of the following clinics and providers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and surrounding communities:

Allergy & Immunology Clinic

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Clinic – Operation Brave Families (OBF) – Littlest Warrior Program

Defense Veterans Brain Injury Coalition (DVBIC) – Brain Fitness Center

Department of Social Work

Fleet & Family Support Center – Family Care Club – Counseling & Advocacy Program

Military Advanced Training Clinic (MATC)

National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICOE)


Pastoral Care


Post-Deployment Behavioral Assessment Team

Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Services (PCLS)

Sexual Health & Intimacy Workgroup

Warrior Clinic

Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB)

Yellow Ribbon Fund