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LTC Oscar A. Cabrera | Ph.D.

Director, US Army Medical Research Directorate-West
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
LTC Oscar Cabrera

Lieutenant Colonel Cabrera earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his Master's Degree in Psychology, his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Psychology, at the University of Houston, TX.

Following his commission into the Army Medical Department, Lieutenant Colonel Cabrera was assigned as Research Psychologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). Subsequently, he served as Chief of Research Operations at the US Army Medical Research Unit-Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to the WRAIR in 2008, where he served as the Chief of Deployment Health Analysis, and then as Deputy Chief of the Department of Military Psychiatry. From 2010 to 2012, he was assigned as Deputy Director for Advanced Development in the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) at Ft. Detrick, MD. His follow-on assignment was at Ft. Rucker, AL, where he served as Chief of Cognitive Assessment and Diagnostics at the US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory. In 2013, he transferred to the US Army Combat Readiness Center, where he served as Command Psychologist. In 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Cabrera returned to Ft. Detrick, MD, where he served as Deputy Director of the Plans, Programs, Analysis and Evaluation Directorate within Headquarters, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC). Since June of 2017, he has been assigned as the Director of the US Army Medical Research Directorate – West (USAMRD-West), a research detachment of the WRAIR.

Lieutenant Colonel Cabrera has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Army's Mental Health Advisory Teams (MHATs), chartered by the Office of the Surgeon General to assess the behavioral health of the deployed Force and develop recommendations for optimal distribution of behavioral health assets in Theater. He has made multiple contributions to the Army and to the scientific community via participation in large-scale military epidemiological studies, as well as publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts focused on psychological health and resilience. Lieutenant Colonel Cabrera is a certified Medical Acquisition Officer, holding the 8X Additional Skill Identifier (ASI), and is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.



SSG Patricia Richardson

NCOIC, US Army Medical Research Directorate-West
SSG Patricia Richardson

SSG Richardson earned an Associate's degree in Human Services from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia. She is currently working on completing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, College Park Maryland.

Following graduation as Behavioral Health Specialist from Advanced Individual Training, San Antonio, Texas, SSG Richardson was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as the NCOIC of the Continuity Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic and she also served as a team leader on Ward 53 Inpatient Clinic from 2008 to 2010. Her next duty assignment was Camp Humphrey, South Korea where she served as the NCOIC of the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. From 2012 to 2015 she was assigned to the 98th Combat Support Hospital at Joint Base Lewis McChord and later attached to First Corps where she served as the Installation NCOIC of the Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Fitness Program. SSG Richardson follow on assignments to Miesau and Sembach, Germany included, (1) Behavioral Health NCO assigned to the 212th Combat Support Hospital; and (2) she rotated through the varies Behavioral Health Clinics at Landstuhl Regional Medical Clinic; and (3) she worked as the 30th Medical Brigade Executive of Operations to the Brigade's Commander and Command Sergeant Major. As of December 2018, she has been assigned as the NCOIC of the US Army Medical Research Directorate – West (USAMRD-West), a research detachment of the WRAIR.

SSG Richardson has earned three Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons and three Certificate of Achievement Awards.