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Louis M. French, PsyD

Louis M. French, PsyD

Deputy Director for Operations

Dr. Louis M. French, PsyD, is the Deputy Director for Operations for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Directorate, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. French is principal investigator on multiple studies of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members, including the congressionally mandated, 15-year study of the natural history of TBI in military service members. He is a lead investigator and Co-Director of the Phenotyping Core with the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, a program that integrates research efforts on TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Institutes of Health. He has published more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the area of military TBI and neuropsychology.

Dr. French has helped shape policy on screening and treatment for TBI on the battlefield and at home with his participation in multiple federal panels and workgroups about TBI in the military, including the Army Surgeon General’s Taskforce on TBI, whose report provided the foundation for the structure of TBI screening and treatment that is currently in place in the DoD. He was one of the authors who reshaped the Standardized Assessment of Concussion to construct the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation, the standard for concussion screening in theater.

Dr. French served as Chief, Traumatic Brain Injury at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Additionally, he served in that capacity at the WRNMMC, prior to the integration of all TBI services into the NICoE Directorate. He is chairman of the Joint TBI Task Force, which coordinates TBI care in the National Capitol Region Medical Directorate. He is also the site director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Walter Reed Bethesda, the largest site in that network. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the screening, assessment, and rehabilitation of those with TBI at the flagship military care facility in the DoD network. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. French received his doctorate in clinical psychology, focused on assessment, from the George Washington University. He completed fellowships in clinical and experimental neuropsychology at the National Institutes of Mental Health and in neuropsychology, focusing on TBI at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.