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Oscar I. Gonzalez, PH.D

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University
Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Oscar I. Gonzalez, PhD is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University and Scientist at Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Dr. Gonzalez earned his Ph.D. at University of California, Irvine, with a focus on psychopathology. He previously served as an Army Combat Medic and is currently an Army Research Psychologist. His research interests involve trauma and wellbeing among military service members. More specifically, Dr. Gonzalez has utilized quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the interrelations and potential mechanisms among key health-related variables, including psychological trauma, readjustment, emotions, and psychopathology among OEF/OIF veterans and their families. In addition, one of his earliest doctoral research projects involved secondary data analysis of a large-scale dataset, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, to explore the functions of social support during combat and the development of psychological disorder and psychological distress.

His doctoral dissertation project, awarded with the University of California Presidential Dissertation Year Fellowship, entailed four component studies of veterans’ health, including the development and initial validation of the Deployment-Related Emotions Questionnaire (DREQ) and testing numerous theoretically-grounded hypotheses. Dr. Gonzalez has collaborated and co-authored research articles with the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology in relation to the psychosocial wellbeing of soldiers previously deployed to war in Afghanistan and/or Iraq.