Xavier R. Peña

Keynote Speaker
Treatment of PTSD and Suicide Prevention in the Army

Identification and treatment of PTSD in the US Army and Department of Defense has been a topic of increasing attention over the last decade.  As our country continues to have troops in areas of conflict the topic of PTSD and combat related trauma is likely to be an area of ongoing concern for Army senior leadership.  Additionally, there has been continued effort within the military medical system to address the apparent disproportionate rates of suicide.  This presentation will focus on the current policies, procedures, and practices that the US Army Medical Command has implemented in order to address both of these very important topics.

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Director of Training, Clinical Psychology Residency Training Program, Tripler Army Medical Center. MAJ Peña focuses on post-doctoral military psychology residents as they continue towards licensure and becoming competent, autonomous, and fully-functional independent practitioners. MAJ Peña also prepares the residents for better understanding of military systems as well as possible future opportunities as special staff officers to unit commanders, clinic OICs, and other potential positions as Army officers. MAJ Peña completed his internship at Tripler Army Medical Center and his post-doctoral residency as a Battalion psychologist with the 25th Aviation Brigade. Following Residency MAJ Peña was selected into the 75th Ranger Regiment and served as the Command Psychologist for almost 5 years.  In this position he served in dual roles and the unit clinical psychologist and the sole operational psychologist for the unit. He has deployed numerous times in support of the Special Operation community and has a wealth of specialized training. MAJ Peña’s interests are in neuropsychology, positive psychology, anxiety disorders, and organizational and operational psychology. He received his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University, Chicago, IL.