Chelsea Arnold, LCSW

Chelsea Arnold, LCSW

Captain Chelsea Arnold, LCSW, is currently serving as an active duty PhD student at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas, Austin. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master’s in Social Work and commissioned as officer in the Air Force in 2012. Through her work as a clinical social worker in the military, Capt Arnold has developed a passion for research in the study area of domestic violence and sexual assault treatment and prevention in the military population.

Capt Arnold works as a clinical social worker serving military men, women, and their families. Capt Arnold began her social work career at Andrews, AFB, MD completing a one-year residency from August 2012-August 2013. During this time she gained expertise in the areas of mental health, family advocacy, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment (ADAPT). In the area of mental health she served military men, women, and their families. Treatment included individual, group, and family therapy to include trauma-focused treatment. In family advocacy, she worked with parents, couples, and families on parenting skills, intimate partner violence treatment and prevention, couple’s communication, and family therapy. Lastly, in ADAPT, she treated individuals who had difficulties with substance misuse and dependence in both the individual and group setting. From September 2013-July 2016, Capt Arnold was stationed at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK. She served as a mental health clinician and Family Advocacy Program Officer providing clinical care and outreach for more than 160,000 military beneficiaries. Capt Arnold had the opportunity to supervise and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to include nurses, mental health technicians, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Other areas of interest include, the reintegration of veterans to college students and use of mindfulness and stress management interventions among the military population.

Professional Interests

Refining prevention methods for sexual assault and domestic violence and minimizing the negative impacts associated with both victims and offenders among the military population. Negative impacts meaning mental health for both offenders/victims and the stigma for victims. The benefits of holistic treatments such as mindfulness and yoga among victims and offenders of sexual assault and domestic violence.


  • MSW, University of Kentucky
  • BA, (Spanish) University of Kentucky
  • BA, (Psychology) University of Kentucky


Social Work Building (SSW)

Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358