LTC Jeffrey Yarvis, PhD, MS, USA, currently serves as the Deputy Commander for Behavioral Health Service at the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. For 25 years LTC Yarvis has been a internationally published scholar in the field of traumatic stress. For his work his research on PTSD, LTC Yarvis was named both 2008 Uniformed Services and US Army Social Worker of the Year. Prior to his arrival in the NCA July 2007, he was the Senior Medical Civil-Military Operations Officer for the Multinational Corps – Iraq and the Assistant Chief of Staff/G-5 and Brigade Social Work Officer for Task Force 30th Medical Brigade at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq where he was responsible for developing the medical engagement strategy for Iraq. He was the principle liaison to the Surgeon General of the Iraqi Armed Forces and the US State Department Health Attaché and was responsible for $70 million in Overseas Humanitarian Disaster and Civic Aid (OHDACA) for Iraqi Medical Infrastructure. LTC Yarvis enlisted in the Indiana National Guard in 1986 as a Combat Infantryman and received his commission in 1988 as an armor officer and spent six years leading armor crews during the cold war to include a deployment to Iceland. In 1994 LTC Yarvis entered the Medical Service Corps as a social work officer. He quickly became a subject matter expert on combat and operational stress (COSC) with deployments with the UN and NATO to Haiti and Bosnia. He executed largely untried COSC doctrine and observed the effects of deployment stress in soldiers from scores of nations. For these efforts and for disaster relief work following the tornadoes at Jarrell, Texas, he was received a special commendation from the Social Work Consultant to the Army Surgeon General and Mental Health Professional of the Year from the Texas (Bell/Coryell Chapter) International Critical Incidence Stress Foundation. LTC Yarvis also serves as an expert in aviation stress, as the US Army’s first aviation social work air crewman. LTC Yarvis holds the following degrees: BA-Indiana University, M.Ed.-Cambridge College, MSW-Boston College, and PhD-The University of Georgia and is a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College. LTC Yarvis currently holds academic appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Windsor (Canada), and the University of Houston. His doctoral research was conducted with Veterans Affairs Canada on posttraumatic stress disorder and he recently published the first definitive text on subthreshold PTSD in Veterans and was a contributing author on the new Textbook of Military Medicine on Operation Behavioral Health. He has written doctrine on COSC during support and sustainment operations and standards for military social work curriculum for the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Yarvis has presented his work at numerous international medical conferences and has published his work on traumatic stress in several peer reviewed journals. He is currently writing textbook for Sage Publications called Social Work Practice with Veterans: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment. Yarvis’s military awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with 1 OLC, The Iraqi Campaign Medal with two bronze star devices, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star, Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Military Volunteer Service Medal, the UN Mission in Haiti Medal, The NATO Medal, The Army Service Ribbon The Overseas Service Ribbon, The Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon. The Combat Action Badge, the Aviation Crewman’s Badge, the Expert Field Medal Badge, The Danish Contingent Medal, the German Sports Badge, the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation with OLC, the Superior Unit Citation with 1 OLC, the Meritorious Unit Citation with OLC and the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Citation. He is also a member of his High School Hall of Fame (Randolph, NJ) and the Order of Military Medical Merit. LTC Yarvis is married to his wife Laura and they have two children, Jacob and Olivia.
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