Navy research psychologists participate in research programs intended to understand how the military service of Marines and Navy personnel affects their psychological, physical, and social health. Many navy research psychologists work in operational support, while others provide counseling to Marines and Navy special operatives preparing for deadly missions.
Navy research psychologists work in various settings, including veterans’ hospitals, military colleges, diving labs, medical research centers, submarines, and aircraft carriers. Select Navy research psychologists participate in training program development, personnel evaluation, and officer promotion.
In addition to the aforementioned duties, Navy research psychologists:
- Contribute to policy development, manage oversight initiatives, and assess program effectiveness
- Supervise research projects and training programs and meet with leaders to discuss personnel issues
- Supervise medical departments, including departments at the Navy Medical Research and Development Laboratories
Specific Responsibilities of a Navy Psychologist
Some Navy research psychologists work for the Medical Service Corps. Those assigned to this unit participate with officers in developing procedures intended to enhance the safety, morale, and health of Marines and sailors.
Navy research psychologists often specialize in these disciplines:
- Experimental psychology
- Cognitive development
- Industrial/organizational psychology
- Social psychology
- Human factors
- Personnel development
Work Environment of Navy Psychologists
Navy research psychologists typically work at research centers and Navy hospitals in Hawaii, Japan, Germany, Guam, and the Washington D.C. metro area. Select Navy research psychologists work at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.