Karen Stapleton, LCSW is the Regional Program Manager in the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Employee Assistance Program. During her tenure at the Bureau, Ms. Stapleton served as a licensed mental health professional, providing direct counseling services to employees, and consultations to supervisors and executive leaders. Prior to joining the FBI in 2012, Ms. Stapleton served as a Medical Social Worker on the medical oncology unit at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, VA; counseling patients with a new cancer diagnosis, and providing support to overwhelmed caregivers.
Ms. Stapleton is also a member of the armed forces, with over 20 years of service in the U.S. Army Medical Department. A Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Ms. Stapleton currently serves as a Behavior Health Officer with the 55thSustainment Brigade, Special Troops Battalion, Ft Belvoir, VA, leading a team of behavior health technicians in delivering combat operational stress control training and services to the brigade. Her most previous assignment is with the 467th Medical Detachment (Combat Operational Stress Control) in Wisconsin, WI, where she served as team leader and clinical training coordinator for the mental health professionals and enlisted technicians.
Prior to accepting a commission, Ms. Stapleton served in the enlisted corps and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. Enlisted assignments include Cadre at the Warrior Transition Battalion, Ft Belvoir, VA; Senior Drill Sergeant for Basic Entry Soldiers for the Training and Doctrine Command at Ft Jackson, SC; Watch NCO, Ft Belvoir, VA; NCOIC, Social Work Services Department at Ft Sill, OK; and mental health technician with the 5501st US Army Hospital, Ft Sam Houston, TX.
Ms. Stapleton is certified in trauma-informed care and trained in Crisis Intervention Response, and Trauma Event Management. Ms. Stapleton earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Virginia State University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.