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September 22, 2010

Director of Psychological Center of Excellence under Investigation

Is this why Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton abruptly resigned this post in June?

Full Article at: Pentagon investigating director of psychological centers of excellence

By Bob Brewin 09/22/2010

“The director of the recently established centers to research and treat the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars – post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries — is under investigation after a personnel complaint was filed, a Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed to Nextgov on Wednesday.

Army Col. Robert Saum, a psychologist with a doctorate in cognitive studies from the University of San Francisco and Canterbury University in the United Kingdom, remains in command of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. But he serves as acting director while the Pentagon conducts a search for a new permanent director, said spokeswoman Cynthia Smith. She declined to elaborate on the nature of the complaint.

Saum took over as head of the centers in June after Army Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, who served as director since the organization began operations in November 2007, abruptly departed with no public announcement. She now works in an unspecified capacity for Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the Army’s surgeon general.

Informed sources who declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the complaint said the investigation is another example of how management at the centers is in disarray. The organization was created to treat what has become known as “the invisible wounds of war,” PTSD and traumatic brain injuries primarily caused by roadside bombs and other improvised explosives. The organization has a significant annual budget, totaling about $1.2 billion.”

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