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Meeting the mental health needs of service members through Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Jeff Showalter has applied his leadership abilities and commitment to helping others in careers in psychology and the military.

“I regard my service in the Army, with particular emphasis on having deployed to Iraq, as a high point in my career thus far,” says Jeff, the program director of the Clinical Psychology Residency Program at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “Never have I felt more useful and needed as a psychologist.”

In his current position, Jeff supervises four to six post-doctoral residents and administers faculty meetings. He also facilitates a therapy seminar didactic and remains involved in the training and supervision of the interns. A 2005 graduate of the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program at Argosy University, Chicago, Jeff says his involvement in the training of future psychologists has also been a highlight. “Contributing to a student’s clinical ability to thoughtfully conceptualize and then effectively treat a patient has been very rewarding,” he says.

After completing his doctorate degree program at Argosy University, Chicago, Jeff earned a post-doctoral fellowship at Northeastern Illinois University. From there, he worked at Riveredge Hospital and saw patients privately before joining the U.S. Army in 2007.

Approximately six months after joining the military, Jeff was deployed to Iraq for a year and charged with leading the behavioral health team at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah.

“Having had only minimal experience applying military-specific components to the general practice of psychology, I had to make good use of collaboration with military colleagues and the training I received in college,” he says. “This training prepared me to think critically as a psychologist and a leader.”

Upon his return to the United States, Jeff worked as the deputy program director to the Clinical Psychology Internship and Residency programs at Walter Reed. He assumed the role of program director of the Clinical Psychology Residency Program in 2010.

Jeff says his Argosy University education helped him develop his skills as a clinician, supervisor, and administrator. “I am grateful to the committed faculty who established a venerable standard of competence from which I benefited tremendously,” he says.

Being taught by faculty members who are practitioners in the fields in which they teach was also beneficial. “Throughout my education, faculty members worked as treating psychologists alongside their teaching responsibilities,” Jeff adds. “This commitment to the practical application of the discipline contributed greatly to my experience as a student.”

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