Captain Mike Colston, M.D., is Director of the Mental Health Program in the Health Benefits Policy and Oversight Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). In this role, he liaisons with media, Congress and Executive councils, and leads several working groups within DoD, including its mental health board review project and Addictive Substances Misuse Advisory Committee. He represents DoD at meetings of the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy and the NIH Advisory Council on Neurological Disorders and Stroke. As a psychiatrist at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, he treats veterans in its partial hospitalization trauma and addiction program.
Commissioned an Ensign in the Navy in 1986, Captain Colston served as a nuclear engineer and Surface Warfare Officer, deploying twice to the Arabian Sea. After earning a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), he completed residency training in Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.
Captain Colston served as Chief of the Psychiatry Department at the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois, where he oversaw a large-scale clinical integration that led to the current VA-DoD psychiatry service at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center. During deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he headed an Army base combat and operational stress team. He has authored a chapter on PTSD in a military forensic psychiatry text (in print), and is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Captain Colston is stationed at the Pentagon, and homesteads in Arlington, Virginia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Last Modified November 24, 2014