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    Carl Castro, PhD

    TitleDirector, Center For Innovation and Research On Veterans and Military Families, Associate Professor, Social Work
    SchoolSchool of Social Work
    DepartmentSocial Work
    AddressATT T1400
    Off Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-1400
    Phone+1 213 821 3623
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      Carl Castro joined the USC School of Social Work faculty in 2013 after serving 33 years in the Army, where he obtained the rank of colonel. He is also the research director for the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families. Castro began his military career as an infantryman in 1981. Throughout his military career, Castro has served in a variety of research and leadership positions, including commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe in Heidelberg, Germany; chief of the Department of Military Psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.; and director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Md. Castro has completed two tours in Iraq and peacekeeping missions to Bosnia and Kosovo.

      He is currently chair of a NATO research group on military mental health training and serves as an advisor for several Department of Defense research panels focused on psychological health. Castro has authored more than 150 scientific articles and reports in numerous research areas. His current research efforts focus on assessing the effects of combat and operations tempo (OPTEMPO) on soldier, family and unit readiness, and evaluating the process of service members’ transitions from military to civilian life.


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      1. Goldbach JT, Castro C. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Service Members: Life After Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Jun; 18(6):56. PMID: 27086317.
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      2. Kintzle S, Oh H, Wilcox S, Hassan A, Ell K, Castro C. Civilian Unemployment and Mental Health: The Moderating Impact of Alcohol Misuse in Returning National Guard. Mil Med. 2015 Sep; 180(9):986-93. PMID: 26327551.
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      3. Castro C, Kintzle S, Schuyler AC, Lucas CL, Warner CH. Sexual assault in the military. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2015 Jul; 17(7):596. PMID: 25980511.
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      4. Castro C. The US framework for understanding, preventing, and caring for the mental health needs of service members who served in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq: a brief review of the issues and the research. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2014; 5. PMID: 25206943.
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      5. Castro C, Kintzle S. Suicides in the military: the post-modern combat veteran and the hemingway effect. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014 Aug; 16(8):460. PMID: 24930521.
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      6. Adler AB, Delahaij R, Bailey SM, Van den Berge C, Parmak M, van Tussenbroek B, Puente JM, Landratova S, Kral P, Kreim G, Rietdijk D, McGurk D, Castro C. NATO survey of mental health training in army recruits. Mil Med. 2013 Jul; 178(7):760-6. PMID: 23820350.
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      7. Foran HM, Garber BG, Zamorski MA, Wray M, Mulligan K, Greenberg N, Castro C, Adler AB. Postdeployment military mental health training: cross-national evaluations. Psychol Serv. 2013 May; 10(2):152-60. PMID: 23730961.
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      8. Castro C, Adler AB, McGurk D, Bliese PD. Mental health training with soldiers four months after returning from Iraq: randomization by platoon. J Trauma Stress. 2012 Aug; 25(4):376-83. PMID: 22833447.
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      9. Adler AB, Britt TW, Castro C, McGurk D, Bliese PD. Effect of transition home from combat on risk-taking and health-related behaviors. J Trauma Stress. 2011 Aug; 24(4):381-9. PMID: 21818784.
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      10. Adler AB, Castro C, McGurk D. Time-driven battlemind psychological debriefing: a group-level early intervention in combat. Mil Med. 2009 Jan; 174(1):21-8. PMID: 19216294.
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      11. Adler AB, Litz BT, Castro C, Suvak M, Thomas JL, Burrell L, McGurk D, Wright KM, Bliese PD. A group randomized trial of critical incident stress debriefing provided to U.S. peacekeepers. J Trauma Stress. 2008 Jun; 21(3):253-63. PMID: 18553407.
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      12. Greene-Shortridge TM, Britt TW, Castro C. The stigma of mental health problems in the military. Mil Med. 2007 Feb; 172(2):157-61. PMID: 17357770.
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      13. Adler AB, Huffman AH, Bliese PD, Castro C. The impact of deployment length and experience on the well-being of male and female soldiers. J Occup Health Psychol. 2005 Apr; 10(2):121-37. PMID: 15826223.
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      14. Britt TW, Davison J, Bliese PD, Castro C. How leaders can influence the impact that stressors have on soldiers. Mil Med. 2004 Jul; 169(7):541-5. PMID: 15291187.
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