Professor, Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
David Riggs, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology (MPS) at the F. Edward Hérbert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland where he also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP). As Professor and Chair of MPS, Dr. Riggs leads a program to train active duty and civilian psychology students to deliver outstanding patient care and contribute to clinically-relevant science in psychology. As Executive Director of the CDP, Dr. Riggs oversees the development and delivery of training seminars and workshops for behavioral health professionals to prepare them to provide for the needs of warriors and their families. Prior to taking the position to lead CDP, Dr. Riggs held clinical research positions at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center. As a clinical and research psychologist, much of Dr. Riggs’ work has focused on trauma, violence and anxiety with a particular interest in the impact of PTSD and other anxiety disorders on the families of those directly affected.