Stephen J. Cozza, M.D. is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Cozza is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served in a variety of positions of responsibility in the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to include Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Chief, Department of Psychiatry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 after 25 years of military service. He currently serves as the Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University.
Dr. Cozza's professional interests have been in the areas of clinical and community response to trauma, and the impact of deployment and combat injury, illness and death on military service members, their families and their children. He was instrumental in organizing and executing the initial mental health response to the September 11th 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Under his leadership, the Walter Reed Department of Psychiatry spearheaded the initiative to provide mental health services, support and follow up to the many injured service members, their families and their children who receive medical treatment. As the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Child and Family Programs, Dr. Cozza has highlighted the impact of deployment, injury, illness and death on the children and families of military service members. He is principal investigator on several congressionally funded grants examining the characteristics of child neglect in military communities, the impact of parental combat injury on children and families, the effectiveness of a family based intervention with combat injured families (FOCUS-CI), as well as military family bereavement. Dr. Cozza serves as a scientific advisor to several national organizations that focus on the needs of military children and families.