Dr. Carl Castro

Dr. Carl Castro

Currently Professor and Director of the Military and Veteran Programs at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Dr. Castro is one of the leading military health theorists in the world today. Dr. Castro received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1989. He began his military career as an infantryman in 1981, and completed two tours in Iraq, as well as serving on peacekeeping missions to Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He conducted the first-ever behavioral health assessment of service members while they were still conducting active combat operations, setting a new standard of care for service members during combat. He retired from the Army at the rank of colonel. Dr. Castro is currently Chair of a NATO research group on Military Veteran Transitions, a Fulbright Scholar and member of several Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs advisory boards. His current research efforts are broad, including understanding and ameliorating the effects of military trauma and stress on service member and their families, unit readiness, the prevention of suicides and sexual assaults, and evaluating the process of transition into the military, as well as from military service back to civilian life.