COL (RET) Kris Peterson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1987. He entered medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and graduated in 1991. COL (RET) Peterson did his internship, residency and fellowship in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center completing his fellowship in 1997. Subsequently he was assigned to Korea at Camp Casey as the Second Infantry Division Psychiatrist. In 1998 he was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center and started a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service and was chief of that service until 2003. In 2003 he deployed to Iraq with the 98th Combat Stress Control Detachment and was attached to the 101st Airborne Division. Upon returning from Iraq COL (RET) Peterson became Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center in 2004 until 2011. He deployed for a second tour in Tikrit Iraq in 2011. In 2007 he became the Army Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultant until 2012. He was the Chief for the Military Issues Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 2007 until 2012. COL (RET) Peterson piloted and designed a strategic center focused on Military Children and Adolescents. COL (RET) Peterson has authored and co-authored scientific papers , "The Long War and Parental Combat Deployment: Effects on Military Children and At-Home Spouses" which received the 2010 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has published "A Trial of Prazosin for Combat Trauma PTSD With Nightmares in Active-Duty Soldiers Returned from Iraq and Afghanistan" in the American Journal of Psychiatry. He has authored several book chapters on Military Families and on Soldiers returning from combat. During his career he was awarded the A designator for academic and scholarly merit. He also received the Legion of Merit amongst numerous other awards. He now works for the Department of Defense as a staff adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist at Joint Base Lewis McChord as well as a civilian psychiatric consultant to the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority. He is a consultant, runs a private practice and is now working with the Newport Brain ResearchLaboratory and Brain Treatment Center to advance novel treatments for PTSD through neuro-modulation. He continues to champion issues for veterans and their families as well as for underserved mental health populations.
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