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CDR Roderick Bacho, MSC,USN

Clinical Psychologist

CDR Bacho attended the Florida State University and the University of Florida, where he double majored in Psychology/Biology and minored in Chemistry. He went on to graduate from the Florida State University with Master’s degree (1995) and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1997. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps in 1998. He began his active duty service as a Clinical Psychology resident at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Following my residency, he served as the Division Head, Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (1998-1999).  His subsequent tours included: Head, Inpatient Psychiatric Services (1999-2000), Mental Health Department Head, Naval Hospital Okinawa on Camp Lester (2000-2001); Director, Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program, Camp Foster Marine Corps Base, Okinawa (2001-2002); Head; Psychology Section, United States Naval Academy (2002-2005); Chief Fellow, Behavioral Medicine/Psychopharmacology Fellowship Program, Tripler Army Medical Center (2005-2007) where he also became board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2007.  He went on to serve as the Command Psychologist for the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71/CSG 2 (2007-2009) Battle Group. Following his sea tour, he became the Head, Mental Health Department, as well as the overall Director for Medical Services at the Naval Health Clinic Annapolis (NHCL-A) from 2009-2012. He then went on to serve as the Outpatient Clinical Psychology Training Director at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland (2012-2015).  From January to September 2015, he was deployed to the Horn of Africa (HOA) and served as the Director, Behavioral Health and Ancillary Services, Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) at Camp Lemonier-Djibouti (CLDJ) and provided mental health services in support of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

CDR Bacho was admitted into the American Psychological Association’s College of Psychopharmacology and he is one of four active duty Navy Clinical Psychologists who have prescribed psychotropic medications still serving. Served as Adjunct Faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), The Argosy University- Honolulu, and the University of Maryland. He has published numerous scholarly articles on the topics of behavioral medicine and military psychology and he has presented extensively in topics ranging from Suicide Prevention, psychopharmacology and trauma.

Recently, he served as the Senior Clinical Advisor in Behavioral Health Programs, Marine & Family Division, Headquarters Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. Currently assigned as Assistant Professor, in Leadership, Ethics and Law within the Leadership Education and Development Division, USNA.

His decorations include the Meritorious Commendation Medal (2), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), and the Navy Achievement Medal.  He resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his family: Holly (his fiancé), Ian (18), Matthew (15), and Stephen (12).



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