Military Psychology

Second Edition
Clinical and Operational Applications

Edited by Carrie H. Kennedy and Eric A. Zillmer
Foreword by Thomas C. Lynch

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Widely regarded as the authoritative work in the field, this book comprehensively explores the psychological needs of today's service members and how to meet them effectively. Expert contributors review best practices for conducting fitness-for-duty evaluations and other types of assessments, treating frequently encountered clinical problems, responding to disasters, and promoting the health and well-being of all personnel. The book also examines the role of mental health professionals in enhancing operational readiness, with chapters on crisis and hostage negotiation, understanding terrorists, and more.

New to This Edition

“A straightforward guide to the assessment and treatment of modern service members....It would surely be useful not only to practitioners of psychology in today's armed forces, but also to clinicians and leaders in a variety of circumstances whose work brings them into contact with service members. The book covers clinical and operational psychology in rich detail.”

The Military Psychologist

“Any mental health practitioner who deals with our men and women in uniform should get to know this volume well....Blend[s] just the right amount of academic scholarship, practical utility, and user-friendly readability.”

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

“It is rare to encounter a book with so little to critique....Provides state-of-the-art and practical perspectives for the psychologist serving on the front lines of occupational behavioral health.”


“Each chapter is authored independently. This makes the book an ideal class supplement because the instructor can use each unique topic according to the needs of the class....This work is invaluable in the hands of almost any graduate student, and is an absolute must-have for any social services or medical practitioner.”

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

“This second edition is timely and highly relevant. Psychology plays a central role in promoting health and wellness in the military and veteran communities. This book serves as a basic and essential text for both psychologists in training and those on the job. I was particularly pleased to see the new chapter discussing ethical dilemmas that military psychologists face, given the controversies over interrogations of detainees.”

—Donald N. Bersoff, PhD, JD, Director, Law and Psychology Program, Drexel University

“As a provider and researcher of neuropsychological services for military personnel and their families, I find this book a 'must have.' It is comprehensive, practical, and scholarly. Anyone involved in assessing or treating military personnel will appreciate the book's balance of general information and detailed discussions of psychological aspects of military life.”

—Antonio E. Puente, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

“Kennedy, Zillmer, and their contributing authors share great insight into the most pressing issues facing today's military personnel. This is a much-needed reference for clinicians preparing our soldiers for the battlefield and providing psychological treatment as they arrive home. Posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury constitute the signature wounds of war. This book takes a huge step toward addressing the need for better diagnosis and treatment.”

—Patrick J. Kennedy, former member of Congress; cofounder, One Mind for Research

“Psychologists play an increasingly important role in today's ever-changing battlefield. In particular, successful treatment of combat stress and traumatic brain injury has become very important for maintaining the combat power of our force. This excellent reference describes the help that psychologists can offer our troops in every branch of service.”

—Major General Wesley E. Craig, The Adjutant General, Pennsylvania National Guard

Table of Contents

Foreword, Thomas C. Lynch

1. A History of Military Psychology, Carrie H. Kennedy, Jamie G. H. Hacker Hughes, and Jeffrey A. McNeil

2. Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations, Mark C. Monahan and James M. Keener

3. Assessment and Selection of High-Risk Operational Personnel: Identifying Essential Psychological Attributes, James J. Picano, Thomas J. Williams, and Robert R. Roland

4. Assessment and Management of Acute Combat Stress on the Battlefield, Bret A. Moore, Shawn T. Mason, and Bruce E. Crow

5. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Other Psychological Sequelae of Military Deployment, Greg M. Reger and Nancy A. Skopp

6. Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine in Military Healthcare Settings, Alan L. Peterson, Ann S. Hryshko-Mullen, and Donald D. McGeary

7. Military Roles in Postdisaster Mental Health, Teresa M. Au, Teresa L. Marino-Carper, Benjamin D. Dickstein, and Brett T. Litz

8. Neuropsychological Practice in the Military, Louis M. French, Victoria Anderson-Barnes, Laurie M. Ryan, Thomas M. Zazeckis, and Sally Harvey

9. Suicide Prevention in the Military, David E. Jones, Laurel L. Hourani, Mathew B. Rariden, Patricia J. Hammond, and Aaron D. Werbel

10. Substance Abuse Services and Gambling Treatment in the Military, Ingrid B. Pauli, Carrie H. Kennedy, David E. Jones, William A. McDonald, and Revonda Grayson

11. Crisis and Hostage Negotiation, Russell E. Palarea, Michael G. Gelles, and Kirk L. Rowe

12. Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Training: Preparing Military Members for the Demands of Captivity, Anthony P. Doran, Gary B. Hoyt, Melissa D. Hiller Lauby, and Charles A. Morgan III

13. The Psychology of Terrorists: Nazi Perpetrators, the Baader–Meinhof Gang, War Crimes in Bosnia, Suicide Bombers, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda, Eric A. Zillmer

14. Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical, Operational, Expeditionary, and Combat Environments, Carrie H. Kennedy

About the Editors

Carrie H. Kennedy, PhD, ABPP, is a Captain in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is board certified in both clinical and police and public safety psychology. Dr. Kennedy is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychological Association (APA), for which she currently serves on the Council of Representatives. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Robert S. Nichols Award from APA Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology). Dr. Kennedy has more than 70 publications in the areas of military psychology, aeromedical psychology, and neuropsychology.

Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD, is the Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology and Director of Athletics at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a clinical psychologist and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality Assessment, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, for which he has also served as president. Dr. Zillmer has written extensively in the areas of sports psychology, neuropsychology, and the psychology of terrorists. He is the author of several books, including Principles of Neuropsychology and The Quest for the Nazi Personality: A Psychological Investigation of Nazi War Criminals, and the coauthor of two psychological assessment procedures: the d2 Test of Attention and the Tower of London test.


Victoria Anderson-Barnes, BS, Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

Teresa M. Au, MA, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Department of Psychology, Boston, University, Boston, Massachusetts

Colonel Bruce E. Crow, Warrior Resiliency Program, Southern Regional Medical Command, San Antonio, Texas

Benjamin D. Dickstein, MA, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Department of Psychology, Boston, University, Boston, Massachusetts

Commander (Ret) Anthony P. Doran, PsyD, United States Navy, Psychological Consulting Services, Millersville, Maryland

Louis M. French, PsyD, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Michael G. Gelles, PsyD, ABPP (United States Navy, 1986–1993), Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia

Lieutenant Colonel Revonda Grayson, PhD, United States Air Force, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas

Captain Patricia J. Hammond, PsyD, United States Army, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Colonel Sally Harvey, PhD, United States Army, Intelligence and Security Command, Fort Meade, Maryland

Laurel L. Hourani, PhD, MPH, Research Triangle Institute International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Captain (Sel) Gary B. Hoyt, PsyD, United States Navy, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Lieutenant Colonel Ann S. Hryshko-Mullen, PhD, ABPP, United States Air Force, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

Jamie G. H. Hacker Hughes, PsychD, FBPsS, Joint Medical Command, Ministry of Defense, Visiting Professor of Military Psychological Therapies, Anglia Ruskin University, Heybridge, Essex, United Kingdom

Captain David E. Jones, PhD, ABPP, United States Navy, Navy Medicine East, Portsmouth, Virginia

Lieutenant James M. Keener, PsyD, ABPP, United States Navy, Oceanside, California

Commander Carrie H. Kennedy, PhD, ABPP, United States Navy, Quantico, Virginia

Lieutenant Commander Melissa D. Hiller Lauby, PhD, ABPP, United States Navy, Center for Security Forces/SERE West, Naval Base Coronado, San Diego, California

Brett T. Litz, PhD, VA Boston Healthcare System, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Teresa L. Marino-Carper, PhD, Orlando VA Medical Center, and University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, Florida

Shawn T. Mason, PhD, Wellness and Prevention, Inc., Johnson and Johnson Company, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Captain (Ret) William A. McDonald, MD, United States Navy, Psychiatry Department, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Detachment, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida

Donald D. McGeary, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey A. McNeil, PhD, United States Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Commander (Ret) Mark C. Monahan, PhD, United States Navy, Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California

Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP, (United States Army, 2003–2008), Behavioral Readiness Division, Warrior Resiliency Program, Southern Regional Medical Command, San Antonio, Texas

Charles A. Morgan III, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, and National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, New Haven, Connecticut

Russell E. Palarea, PhD, Operational Psychology Services, LLC, Bethesda, Maryland

Lieutenant Commander Ingrid B. Pauli, PhD, United States Public Health Service, Department of Psychology, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Alan L. Peterson, PhD, ABPP, United States Air Force, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Colonel James J. Picano, PhD, United States Army Reserve, Department of Veterans Affairs, Northern California Health Care System, Fairfield, California

Lieutenant Mathew B. Rariden, PsyD, ABPP, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Greg M. Reger, PhD, (United States Army, 2003–2007), National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington

Colonel (Ret) Robert R. Roland, PsyD, United States Army

Lieutenant Colonel Kirk L. Rowe, PhD, ABPP, United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Laurie M. Ryan, PhD, Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Maryland

Nancy A. Skopp, PhD, National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington

Commander Aaron D. Werbel, PhD, United States Navy, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-71), Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Colonel (Ret) Thomas J. Williams, PhD, United States Army War College, Leader Feedback Program, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Thomas M. Zazeckis, PhD, United States Air Force, Behavioral Analysis Service, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas

Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD, Department of Psychology and Department of Athletics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Military psychologists; civilian mental health professionals who work with service members and veterans, including clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors; police and law enforcement psychologists; instructors and graduate students.

Course Use

Serves as a text in graduate-level courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2006
ISBN: 9781572307247
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