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What is a Navy Research Psychologist?

Navy Research psychologists are doctoral-level scientists and commissioned Naval Officers who apply their expertise in the psychological and behavioral sciences to protect, promote, and enhance the United States Navy’s warfighting capabilities.
  • NRPs receive direct commissions to serve in the U.S. Navy for a minimum of 3 years.
  • NRPs specialize in areas of psychology and the behavioral sciences, including cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, neuroscience, and related disciplines. NRPs are classified as Navy Medical Service Corps officers, along with other staff officer specialties such as physiologists, optometrists, and healthcare administrators.
  • NRPs serve as researchers, program managers, professors, trainers, and scientific advisors in a variety of positions across the continental US. NRPs receive new assignments every 3 years, typically to new locations in the continental US, which gives them broad experiences, and increasing levels of responsibility and leadership.
  • NRPs and their families are qualified to receive all benefits provided to military members, including Tricare medical, dental, commissary privileges, discounts at stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues, VA Loans, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a government pension…to name a few.

How do I become a Navy Research Psychologist?

To qualify for employment consideration as a Research Psychologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, there are several requirements. Click here for more information.
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Navy Research Psychology News

Captain Katharine Shobe receives her diploma from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley for an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School (June 8, 2023)
Captain Katharine Shobe receives her diploma from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley for an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School (June 8, 2023)
Navy Human Research Protection office focused on Readiness - 6/2/2023  

Lt. Louie - One Asian American's Story - 5/24/2023

April 25, 2023 - Navy Research Psychologists (LT Rhoton and LT Carnes) recently travelled to Norfolk, VA to conduct rapid response surveillance aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). The ship is currently in a multi-year shipyard maintenance period. Due to several high-profile suicides aboard other ships, USS STENNIS leadership requested research support to help them identify risk factors and implement evidence-based approaches to prevent potential adverse events. Supporting this effort, LT Carnes and LT Rhoton helped collect key survey data and focus group data from over 1,000 Sailors to inform ready crew state and guide interventions. This type of project is one of many forward leaning efforts RPs are currently conducting to address the health and readiness of the Fleet.
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Core Research Missions

Biomedical Research

Serve as as vital intermediary between combat surgeons and laboratories to fill capability gaps.

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Undersea Research

Develop, evaluate, and manage programs designed to provide skilled personnel for the submarine and nuclear power training schools.


Cognitive & Behavioral Health Research

Serve as a cadre of trained science professionals managing and conducting a variety of basic and applied research.


Education & Training

Support education and training missions including new accessions at boot camp, Executive Coaching, command climate, and equal opportunity curriculum.

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Navy Research Psychology Locations

Currently, there are 23 locations for Navy Research Psychologists. They are located at various Navy and Navy Medicine commands in the United States.
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