Joshua C Morganstein


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Disaster Mental Health
Risk and Crisis Communication
Office Phone


1990-1995 University of Maryland, College Park, MD (B.S.)
1997-2001 Uniformed Services University (USU), Bethesda, MD (M.D.)
2001-2002 Internship in General Psychiatry & Family Medicine, National Capital Consortium, Washington, DC
2002-2006 Residency in General Psychiatry & Family Medicine, National Capital Consortium, Washington, DC


Dr. Joshua C. Morganstein is Professor of Psychiatry and Military and Emergency Medicine and Deputy Director at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He completed 16 years in the U.S. Air Force and 10 years in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service retiring at the rank of Captain in 2023. Dr. Morganstein received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed a combined residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine in the National Capital Consortium in Washington, DC. Dr. Morganstein leads the Disaster Mental Health and Public Health education and consultation services at CSTS and provides consultation and subject-matter guidance to local, state, national and international partners during dozens of disasters on actions to foster mental health and enhance sustainment for individuals, communities, and organizations. He is working with mental health professionals in Ukraine and non-governmental organizations to help support the well-being of military personnel, citizen soldiers, displaced citizens, and refugees impacted by the war in Ukraine. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Morganstein was invited by numerous state healthcare organizations, medical professional organizations, interagency teams, and global partners to inform healthcare system leaders and personnel on critical public mental health principles and the adaptation of practices and procedures from high-stress occupations to promote well-being and operational sustainment for the healthcare workforce. Dr. Morganstein was sought out to assist the New York City public health and first responder systems to develop the HERO-NY workforce resilience program. He has conducted research with the U.S. National Guard that provided actionable recommendations and knowledge products for leaders to protect health and sustain military readiness during COVID-19 and other operations. Dr. Morganstein is frequently sought out by NATO medical leadership to present on disaster mental health and crisis leadership as well as the development of global military doctrine to enhance force protection. He is a member of the 5Eyes Mental Health Research International Collaboration, senior medical leaders within the Defense and Veterans Affairs agencies across partner nations advising on policy, sharing research findings and best practices, and publishing scholarly works on global mental health and readiness for military servicemembers and their families.

Representative Bibliography

Morganstein, J.C., Ursano, R.J. (2020). Ecological Disasters and Mental Health: Causes, Consequences, and Interventions. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11(1), 1-15.

Morganstein, J.C., Bromet, E.J., Shigemura, J. (2022). The Neuropsychiatric Aftermath of Exposure to Weapons of Mass Destruction: Applying Historical Lessons to Protect Health during the War in Ukraine. Psychological Medicine. 1-3.

Morganstein, J.C. & Flynn, B.W. (2021). Enhancing Psychological Sustainment & Promoting Resilience in Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 & Beyond: Adapting Crisis Interventions from High-Risk Occupations. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 63(6), 482-489.

Phelps, A. J., Adler, A. B., Belanger, S. A. H., Bennett, C., Cramm, H., Dell, L., Fikretoglu, D., Forbes, D., Heber, A., Hosseiny, F., Morganstein, J. C., Murphy, D., Nazarov, A., Pedlar, D., Richardson, J. D., Sadler, N., Williamson, V., Greenberg, N., & Jetly, R. (2022). Addressing moral injury in the military. BMJ Military Health, e002128.

Mash, H. B. H., Fullerton, C. S., Adler, A. B., Morganstein, J. C., Biggs, Q. M., & Ursano, R. J. (2023). National Guard Deployment in Support of COVID-19: Psychological and Behavioral Health. Military medicine, usad177. Advance online publication.

West J.C., Morganstein J.C. (2016). Psychological Effects of Military Personnel Assigned to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Missions. In G. Christodoulou, J. Mezzich, N. Christodoulou, D. Lecic-Tosevski, (Eds.). Disasters: Mental Health Context and Responses (pp. 69-82). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle, UK.

Morganstein, J.C., Mash, H.H., Teisberg, M.B., Ford, S.C., Fullerton, C.S., Ursano, R.J. (2022). Pandemics & Mental Health: Epidemiology & Public Health. In Dugue, M., Llorente, M., Roca, R. (Eds.). Geriatric Mental Health Care: Lessons from a Pandemic (pp. 1-22). American Psychiatric Association Publishing. Washington, DC.

Ursano, R.J., Morganstein, J.C., West, J.C. (2020). Essential Issues on Terrorism: Planning for Acute Response and Intervention. In E. Vermetten, I., Frankova, L. Carmi, O. Chaban, J. Zohar (Eds.). NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: Risk Management of Terrorism Induced Stress – Guidelines for the Golden Hours (vol 148). (pp. 3-9). DOI 10.3233/NHSDP200003. IOS Press. Netherlands.

Ng, A., Morganstein, J.C. (2019). Disaster Psychiatry and Psychiatric Emergency Services. In R. Glick, J. Berlin, A. Fishkind, S. Zeller (Eds.). Emergency Psychiatry: Principles and Practices. Wolters Kluwer Publishing Company. Philadelphia, PA.

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline Work Group. (2023). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder. Washington, DC.