Dr. Patricia Deuster

Executive Director


Dr. Patricia Deuster is the Executive Director for the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine and a professor at the Uniformed Services University. She was the author of the first U.S. Navy SEAL Nutrition Guide sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command and, because of its success, was commissioned to update the nutrition guide for the United States Special Operations Commands (USSOCOM).

Dr. Deuster, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, has conducted research in the area of sports and warrior nutrition for more than 35 years and has published well over 300 peer-reviewed papers relating to stress, nutrition, and physical performance in the military. She has been a tennis professional, nationally ranked marathoner, qualifier for the First Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, triathlete, skydiver with over 100 jumps, and worldwide scuba diver. In addition, she is an invited speaker throughout the U.S. on sports nutrition and performance.

Alaina Hansom
Social Fitness Scientist


Alaina is a subject-matter expert for interpersonal relationships, family communication, relational health, and military families.
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Andrea T. Lindsey
Director of Performance Nutrition and Director of Operation Supplement Safety


Andrea Lindsey oversees all dietary supplement and Nutrition content for CHAMP. She has extensive experience in the fields of dietary supplements and nutrition.
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Ayanna Shivers
Director of Strategic Communications


Ayanna Shivers develops strategic-communication plans and supports internal and external engagement efforts for CHAMP.
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Camila Almeida


Dr. Camila Almeida has worked with neuroscience research and published many articles on traumatic brain injury, neuroprotection, and behavioral alterations.
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Carol M. Stockton
Managing Editor


Carol Stockton has 35 years of experience as editor, technical editor, copyeditor, and author for professional journals, books, monographs, and other publications.
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Christiane Minnick
Senior Graphic Designer


Christiane Minnick is a communication arts professional with experience in print and digital graphic design, corporate identity, marketing, and advertising.
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Christopher Niewinski
Senior Multimedia Specialist

Chris Niewinski brings more than 20 years of experience in creating promotional content using 3D animation, motion graphics, visual effects, and photography.
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Elaine Dela Peña
Digital Multimedia Specialist


Elaine Dela Peña is a digital multimedia specialist at CHAMP. She helps maintain the HPRC website and produces video and graphics for CHAMP.
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Gabriel Paoletti
Mental Fitness Senior Scientist


Gabriel Paoletti is a subject-matter expert in mental skills, positive and performance psychology, resilience, and leadership.
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Georgia “Gia” Torpey
Senior Editor


Gia Torpey edits, rewrites, and proofreads articles, graphics, social media and blog posts, and other multimedia content for the HPRC and HPRC Blog websites.
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Ginnefine Jalloh
Social Media Specialist


Ginnefine Jalloh is a social media specialist for the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP).
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Hannah-Laura Henderson
Health Communications Social Media Specialist


Hannah-Laura manages CHAMP’s social media content and implements social media health campaigns.
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The following people are regular, qualified contributors to special sections of the HPRC website, such as the Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Event Collaborative. Some are staff from other divisions of CHAMP, while others are from the Uniformed Services University or other military-related organizations.

Benjamin Buchanan
Deputy Director, The Army Heat Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

MD, MAJ, MC, USA, Family and Sports Medicine

As the current Deputy Director of The Army Heat Center, he provides medical assistance and oversight.
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Blair Rhodehouse
Medical Director, The Army Heat Center; MTAC Physician Supervisor

DO, ATC, CPT, MC, USA, Family and Sports Medicine

Dr. Rhodehouse provides medical assistance and oversight as the Medical Director of the Army Heat Center. As the Physician Supervisor for the Fort Benning Athletic...
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David DeGroot
Co-Director of WHEC; Director of the Fort Benning Heat Center

PhD Physiology

LTC David DeGroot is the Co-Director of the WHEC and the Director of the Fort Benning Heat Center. His research interests include environmental injury epidemiology...
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Deb Robinson
Senior Research Associate


Ms. Robinson is currently leading the Military Nutrition Environment Assessment Tool (mNEAT) study with 5 installations enrolled and preliminary findings expected by fall
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Dr. Glen A. Cook
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, USUHS


LCDR Cook is a staff neurologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is Director of the NCC Clinical Neurophysiology Program...
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Dr. Jonathan Bresner
Associate Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program

MD Neurology

Jonathan Bresner provides neuromuscular input during multi-disciplinary meetings and consultative support for subjects requiring more thorough neurological evaluations.
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Francis G. O’Connor
Medical Director, Consortium for Health and Military Performance; Professor, Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University


COL(Ret) Francis G. O’Connor has led sports medicine education and research for the military for more than 25 years.
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John Rains
Clinic Chief at Fort Benning, Adjunct Professor


John Rains has more than 10 years of comprehensive healthcare experience both in the United States and abroad while serving in various military assignments.
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Sarah Hinman
Research Assistant


Sarah assists in the development of research studies, program implementation, and administrative tasks as part of CHAMP’s Go for Green (G4G) team.
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Tiffany Taylor
Clinical Research Coordinator III


Tiffany Taylor serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator III for G4G, a joint-service performance-nutrition initiative that improves the food environment for Service Memb
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