Captain Michael Jude Colston, M.D., is Director of the Mental Health Program in the Clinical and Program Policy Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). He develops mental health policy, serves as liaison to the media and Congress, and oversees mental health program management and strategy within DoD. As a psychiatrist at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, he treats veterans in a trauma and addiction program. Commissioned an Ensign in the Navy in 1986, Captain Colston served as a Surface Warfare Officer. After earning a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), he completed residency training in the USUHS/National Capital Consortium psychiatry program. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. As head of the Psychiatry Department at the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois, 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 a combat and operational stress team. Captain Colston serves on several national panels, including an advisory board for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and the White House Domestic Policy Council. He co-chairs the DoD’s Addictive Substance Misuse Advisory Committee and serves as DoD’s liaison to the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Last Modified June 11, 2014