LTC Lolita Burrell began her military career in March 1999 at the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas where she was commissioned as a Captain in the Medical Service Corps.
Prior to entering active duty LTC Burrell completed her baccalaureate education (B.S.) at Delaware State University in 1988 and earned her Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in Medical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1996.
From 1999- 2003, LTC Burrell served as a research psychologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where she studied soldier and family health and readiness issues. From 2003- 2007 she served as the Chief of the Medical Research Unit for the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Fort Bragg. Following these 2 assignments she served as faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership from 2007-2012. LTC Burrell was a member of the Joint Mental Health Advisory Team-8 prior to her most recent assignment where she served as the Deputy Director of the Plans, Programs, Analysis and Evaluation Directorate at the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
LTC Burrell has completed the Army Medical Department Basic and Officer Advanced Courses, the Combined Armed Services and Staff School, and Intermediate Level Education. She is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is Level 3 Acquisition certified in Science and Technology Management and Level 1 certified in Program Management. She also has a certificate for training in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management.
Her military decorations and awards include: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal (Afghanistan and Kosovo).