Captain Scott Salvatore, PsyD, ABPP
Lead, Psychological Health
The Workforce Health & Safety Directorate
Office of the Chief of Human Capital Officer at the DHS
Dr. Salvatore, a board certified clinical psychologist and EMT, leads Psychological Health for the Workforce Health and Safety Directorate of the Office of the Chief of Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. The newly established program focuses on evidence-based initiatives and recommendations to enhance the psychological health and resilience of DHS employees and their families. Areas of guidance to DHS Components include health optimization, work-life, wellness and EAP programs, fitness for duty, employee selection, security clearances, disaster mental health, workplace violence and suicide prevention and psychological health policy.
Prior to joining DHS, Dr. Salvatore was Chief of Multi-Disciplinary Behavioral Health at U.S. Army Fort Meade, which served Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel. He also directed psychological services for the Army’s biological personnel reliability program at Fort Detrick.
Since 2002, Dr. Salvatore has served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service for multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Justice/Bureau of Prisons, Health and Human Services/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While stationed with ICE, Dr. Salvatore volunteered as an EMT with San Diego Sheriff Search and Rescue. In his role as a USPHS Officer, Dr. Salvatore has deployed on multiple emergency response teams for disasters and aboard the USNS Mercy for humanitarian missions.
Dr. Salvatore started his professional career as a U.S. Naval Officer and clinical psychologist, specializing in providing psychological treatment to Navy personnel and Marines and assessing fitness for duty and suitability for specialty occupations. After completing his tour of duty, he worked for venture capital, executive search, and consulting psychology firms with a focus on personnel selection and development.
Dr. Salvatore is currently a board certification examiner in clinical psychology for the American Board of Professional Psychology, an adjunct assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an active member of the American Psychological Association and Police Psychology Services Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.