Commander Aaron D. Werbel, PhD
Medical Service Corps
United States Navy
Commander Werbel currently serves as Director, Midshipmen Development Center at the United States Naval Academy. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Medical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a certified trainer of mental health providers in “Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk.” Commander Werbel received a BS with honors in psychology from the University of Michigan (1988), a MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University (1993), and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University (1997). He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in 1997, and upon graduation became a member of the internship training staff at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he also was assigned as the head of behavioral healthcare for the Internal Medicine Department HIV/AIDS clinic. Subsequently, Commander Werbel moved overseas to work as a staff psychologist at the United States Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy and served as head of the Behavioral Healthcare Clinic and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at the Capodichino Branch Medical Clinic in Naples.
Upon his return to the United States, Commander Werbel served as a staff psychologist at the Midshipmen Development Center of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he was also the regimental psychologist for plebe training. He was then assigned as the Behavioral Health Affairs Officer and Suicide Prevention Program Manager at Headquarters, United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia followed by a an operational tour and deployment as Ship’s Psychologist aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 60). Commander Werbel is the former Chair of the Federal Executive Partners Working Group on Suicide Prevention. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Association of Suicidology (Member), International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) (Member), and National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (Member). He was a member of the 2007 Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health and the 2010 Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces.