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Military Psychiatry

To provide knowledge and interventions to improve psychological functioning, reduce the impact of mental disorders, and enhance the resilience of Soldiers, Leaders, and Families.


Investigators in this program apply the multifaceted techniques of social science and psychiatric research to understand and address the many global and day-to-day pressures of military life affecting what we label "mental health" or "psychological resilience." In spite of their awkwardness, these and other similar phrases identify those features of each Warfighter's emotional and behavioral persona that may be the most important factors determining military success of failure. Scientists in this program use the traditional methods of individual and small-group interview, standard and specialized psychological tests and surveys, and objective measures such as the rates of suicide, re-enlistment, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to make wide-ranging assessments of slider and military family health and to recommend changes to organization, training, and leadership.

Research Priorities:
  • Lead Joint Mental Health Advisory Teams;
  • Develop and validate a training model focused on small unit leaders designed to help leaders build resilience in their subordinates

To read more about the Institute's Military Psychiatry Branch, click here PDF Icon

Last Modified Date: 09-September-2016

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