MAJ, MS, USA
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University Scientist
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Leonard Skipper, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University and Scientist at Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Skipper holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, a MS Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctorate Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on psychoeducation training, from Capella University.
Dr. Skipper started his military career in 2000 in the Air Force assigned to Security Forces. In 2006, he transitioned to the US Army under the ‘Blue to Green’ program, and graduated from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps. As a signal officer, he served as an S6 Officer in Charge (OIC) for a forward deployed Military Police Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq with a follow-on assignment as a communications support team OIC for the UNC/CFC/USFK Commanding General in the Republic of Korea. In 2011, Dr. Skipper branched transferred to the US Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as a research psychologist. As an AMEDD officer, Dr. Skipper has served as a Research Psychologist in the Military Psychiatry Branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), a Medical Product Manager at the US Army Medical Material Development Activity (USAMMDA), and as an Advanced Development Liaison for the Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP). He holds several Defense Acquisition Workforce certifications including a Level III certification in Program Management, a Level II certification in Science and Technology Management, and a Level I certification in Information Technology. He is a certified member of the Army Acquisition Workforce.
Dr. Skipper's awards and decoration include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Overseas Service medal, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Overseas Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.