Military Psychology

Military psychology is a microcosm of all psychology disciplines and specialties, with a specific focus towards the military.

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Driskell and Olmstead (1989) proposed that military psychologists can be “defined neither by a common set of techniques (as is experimental psychology) nor by a common set of problems (as is developmental psychology) but rather by the area or context of application—the military.” Military psychologists may work on range of problems that encompass the full range of psychological perspectives from basic to applied issues. Accordingly, military psychologist can be described as:
• Scientist who use psychological principles to study the military and national defense environment
• Practitioners who apply psychological principles to solving problems of interest to military and defense agencies
• Teachers who train individuals in the science and practice of psychology as applied to military environment

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This encompasses a variety of disciplines within the field of psychology including clinical and health psychology, training and human factors, manpower and personnel, social and organizational systems, and testing and measurement.
Military psychologists typically work in medical centers, outpatient clinics, overseas and deployed locations, military policy offices, as well as research facilities where they apply psychological principles to military settings in the form of assessment, research, clinical practice, educational environments, and industrial/organizational psychology.

Training and Resources

Center for Deployment Psychology offers free courses on Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), military cultural competence, sleep health, and more.
Psychological Health Center for Excellence offers resources for providers, civilians, and military members search for education regarding psychological health. 

Information on how to become a psychologist in the Department of Defense can be found here