Captain William M. Deniston
Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring MD
About Captain Deniston
CAPT William M. Deniston, a native of Carbondale Illinois, graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (SIU-C) in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Following the completion of his first degree, he went on to earn his Master of Arts in 1993 and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from SIU-C in 1997. He was commissioned as a Naval Officer in the Medical Service Corps as a Research Psychologist in December of 1996.
LT Deniston attended Officer Indoctrination School from January to February 1997. His first duty station was at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, California. During his tour at NHRC, he spent much of his time focusing on operationally relevant medical research. LT Deniston began as a research investigator at NHRC in March of 1997. He conducted testing and evaluation of medical technologies during at least 10 different military exercises including Kernel Blitz (’97; ’99; ’01), and Cobra Gold (’98; ’00; ’01). In January 2000 he was appointed as the first Program Manager for the Field Medical Technologies Department at NHRC where he dutifully served before departing in August 2001.
In September 2001 LT Deniston reported to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center – San Diego. He began as a project manager on the Medical Data Surveillance System (MDSS), which was used in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and used at operational and medical commands worldwide. He promoted to LCDR in December of 2002. He was selected as the Head of Performance Improvement for a 540-person department and served at the command level as a co-lead for performance improvement and strategic planning for the command.
In October 2004 LCDR Deniston reported to the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Neural, Cognitive, and Social Science & Technology Division. In January 2005, he was selected as the Deputy of the Department of the Navy (DON) Human Research Protections Program Working Group. The Working Group rapidly and successfully responded to a Director Defense Research & Engineering (DDR&E) threat to terminate Navy research with human subjects by developing new policy and a DON Management plan that complies with federal regulations and Department of Defense directives. In September 2005 LCDR Deniston was selected as the Deputy Director of a new Research Protections Division at ONR.
In September 2007 LCDR Deniston reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, hand selected to be the first Deputy Director of the newly established Department of the Navy Human Research Protection Program (DON HRPP). DON HRPP provides oversight and monitoring of human subject research which allows the Navy to continue over 1600 research protocols, approximately 1400 medical and 200 non-medical. The program also enables human subject research that supports graduate medical education as well as that conducted at SYSCOMs, training commands, operational forces, and extramural sites. In August 2008 he was promoted to the rank of CDR.
In January 2010 CDR Deniston reported to the Office of the Naval Inspector General. As the Assistant Inspector General for Command Climate Evaluation he analyzed data from more than 33,100 survey respondents and 11,400 focus group participants. His work was instrumental in assessing the readiness and quality of life for military service members, navy civilian employees, and their families. This information was provided to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations for decision.
In December 2012 CDR Deniston reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) to the Wounded Ill and Injured (WII) as the Program Manager - Deployment Mental Health Research. In March 2013 he promoted to CAPT. In May of 2013 he was identified as Strategic Integration for WII. From September to December 2013, he served as Acting Director, DON HRPP concurrently with his WII responsibilities. He was appointed as Director, DON HRPP in December 2013. In December 2014 he received orders and reported to BUMED as Director, DON HRPP. As Director he was responsible for the oversight and monitoring of all human subject research in the Navy and Marine Corps and DON sponsored extramural institutions.
Following his tour as Director, DON HRPP, BUMED, CAPT Deniston reported to Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland in June of 2017 where he is currently serving as the Executive Officer of the Navy Medicine Research and Development Enterprise.
CAPT Deniston’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (6 awards).