Coast Guard Veteran Kimberly Young-McLear, PhD: Finding Resilience After Abuse and Criticism

Coast Guard Veteran Kimberly Young-McLear, PhD — who exposed gross misuse of power in how the Coast Guard handled bullying, harassment, and discrimination allegations and who still endures abuse and criticism because of being a whistleblower — talks about how finding a community of support, enjoying music, and reveling in the company of her little poodle all help her on her journey to heal.

Posted on BrainLine February 10, 2023. Reviewed February 10, 2023.

About the author: Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D.

Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D. served in the United States Coast Guard from 2003 to 2023. In 2014, Commander Young-McLear became a whistleblower when she reported gross and unlawful misconduct within the U.S. Coast Guard. Commander Young-McLear’s advocacy has resulted in more than 30 policy improvements across the Coast Guard making the Coast Guard better reflect of U.S. values and increasing compliance with anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws.

Kimberly Young-McLear in uniform