Our People

Dr. Gary R. Greenfield, President

Gary GreenfieldDr. Gary R. Greenfield is a retired Army Colonel and has been a licensed psychologist for over 28 years.  His Army career began as an Infantry Officer in Vietnam.  After serving in the Vietnam War, he studied psychology and mental health at Towson University and The Johns Hopkins University.  As an Army Psychologist, he distinguished himself as a leader and innovator.  While serving at William Beaumont Army Medical Center he created a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Community Psychology/Mental Health.  Building on his Infantry background, Gary was then brought into the Special Operations Community serving as the Command Psychologist for the Army's premier Special Operations Unit. Read more...

Dr. Morgan Banks

Morgan Banks, Ph.D., is the Director of Operations for SPA. He is a psychologist and retired Colonel in the United States Army, and has worked alongside many of our distinguished personnel for decades. He recently retired from the Army after 37 years of service, with over 27 of those years as an Operational Psychologist. For much of that time he was assigned to US Army Special Operations organizations. Dr. Banks helped establish the Army’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Program and the psychological screening program for US Army Special Forces personnel. He commanded a medical company in a Mechanized Infantry Division, which culminated in providing care to Kurdish refugees returning to Iraq. Prior to his retirement Dr. Banks was the Army’s and US SOCOM’s senior psychologist, responsible for all operational psychology support to Army SOF. Dr. Banks has worked extensively in the field of counter-terrorism and has deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, and to Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the author or co-author of several book chapters on Operational Psychology, and continues to teach in the areas of interrogation support, indirect assessment, and personnel selection. Dr. Banks received his BA in Psychology from the University of New Orleans, his MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and his Master of Military Art and Science in Military History from the Army's Command and General Staff College. He lives in North Carolina with his wife of 42 years, Noel.

Dr. Scott Middleton

Scott MiddletonDr. Scott Middleton has been a clinical psychologist with the U.S. Army and numerous law enforcement agencies for the past 34 years.  He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and completed his post- doctoral internship in clinical psychology from the U.S. Army. He is also a trained and certified aeromedical psychologist. A retired U.S. Army LTC, he has served for the past 15 years in support of numerous military and governmental special, missions units. He has also served as the FBI HRT psychologist for the past 10 years. While serving with the U.S, Army Special Operations Command, he was responsible for the development and fielding of numerous 360 degree leader development surveys and coaching programs.  Read more...

Dr. Gary Hazlett

BlankAvatarDr. Gary Hazlett has over 20 years of experience working as a psychologist with the U.S. Army, primarily with Special Forces and Special Operations command units. As an active duty psychologist he conducted assessment and selection of personnel, leadership development, intelligence acquisition, and human performance research services for other government and DoD agencies to include the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Dr. Hazlett has conducted psychological assessments for the Special Forces candidacy program, components of the Adaptive Thinking/Leadership Development Program, and other SF leadership development programs. Read more...

Dr. Kirk Kennedy

Kirk KennedyKirk Kennedy, Ph.D., has over 22 years of experience in post-doctoral psychological assessment, consultation, research, and training in various agencies within the federal government including the military as well as the CIA and the FBI.  He has 14 years of experience in intelligence and law enforcement arenas consulting to operations and investigations.  He has particular expertise in the areas of human intelligence source/asset targeting, assessment, development and vetting as well as detecting and preventing various types of insider threats.  Also, he has 11 years of management experience and four years of overseas experience. Read more...

Dr. Jill Breitbach

blank avatar femaleJill Breitbach is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist who has been working with DoD for nearly 12 years.  Jill holds a Master's degree Clinical Psychopharmacology, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, and has completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology (all degrees and fellowship are from APA accredited programs).  She completed her residency at DDEAMC, Ft. Gordon, GA. She is among the few to have been prescribing in the DoD system, and has been doing so for four years. She has completed the US Army Aeromedical course and has been completing aeromedical evaluations for over 10 years. Read more...

Dr. Ernest J. Lenz

Ernest J. LenzErnest J. Lenz, PhD, MPH is a retired military psychologist, who completed service in the rank of Colonel.  He received his doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago under the sponsorship of the US Army.  Through the years, he has been a Special Forces officer, US Army Ranger, a program manager for the Saudi Arabian National Guard, the leader of a medical assistance training team during the war in El Salvador, Chief Psychologist at the JFK Special Warfare Center, and Psychology Consultant for the US Army, Europe. He served as both an APA Congressional Fellow and as a Peace Corps health volunteer in Guatemala.  For the past eight years he has specialized in the areas of assessment of high stress personnel and organizational development with an emphasis on leadership development.

Dr. Andy Morgan

Andy MorganDr. CA Morgan III (Andy) has been in clinical practice for the past 23 years.  He is a member of the clinical faculty of medicine at Yale University & the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Dr. Morgan has received grants and has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers on learning, stress, PTSD as well as selection and performance in Special Operations forces. For his work and contributions to the SOF community, Dr. Morgan was awarded the US Army Award for Patriotic Service in 2008; In 2010 Dr. Morgan was awarded the Sir Henry Welcome Medal and Prize for having developed specific interventions that buffer the negative impact of stress on human cognition, memory, learning and operational performance in SF soldiers.  Read more...

Dr. Terry Soter


S.J. Soter has been a clinical psychologist for the past 33 years.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology and completed his Medical Degree from The College of Medicine and Health Sciences of St. Lucia.  A retired Army Major, he has taught psychology, and Psychoanalysis in Chicago, Florida and Zurich Switzerland and was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Board of Psychologists Examiners. Presently, Dr. Soter maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he treats Children and Adults. He also consults with the Army and Marine Corps in the areas of assessment of Special Forces personnel.  Dr.Soter resides in New Mexico with his wife, Elizabeth.   

Dr. Phillip Atkinson

BlankAvatarDr. Phillip Atkinson is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist with over 8 years of experience supporting Special Operations forces and other government agencies. Dr. Atkinson’s areas of expertise include assessment and selection for high-risk and sensitive occupations, leadership development and consultation, peak performance training development and oversight, resilience and trauma recovery, and cross-cultural assessment. Dr. Atkinson is an FBI Certified Crisis Negotiator, a Department of Defense Aeromedical Psychologist, and is Certified by the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency to support reintegration of isolated or captured personnel. During his service on Active Duty in the US Army, Dr. Atkinson served multiple combat tours in support of SOCOM operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions. Dr. Atkinson has been a SPA consultant since 2011, and he continues to serve in the US Army Reserves.

Dr. Tim Strongin

Tim StronginTim Strongin, PhD has been a clinical psychologist for 34 years and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He is a retired US Air Force Colonel who established the Air Force Aviation Psychology program and is the Deputy Director of the Human Factors Division of the U.S. Air Force Safety Center. In addition to medical command, Tim has been involved in a wide range of selection and retention programs for the performance of special duties. He has also served as a consultant following dozens of military and civilian aircraft mishaps. Tim lives in New Mexico where he lives with his wife of 40 years, Barbara. 

Dr. Will Wilson

Will WilsonWill Wilson was born into a military family and has lived the military lifestyle throughout his life. He attended high school in Germany and then graduated from West Point in 1963. He then earned his Ranger tab and airborne wings. After an assignment as armor PL in the 4th ID, entered special forces in 1964 and was assigned to the 6th SFGA. He completed the SF “Q” Course, Unconventional Warfare course and Psychological Warfare course. He was then assigned to the 5th SFGA, deployed in South Vietnam. He was the XO of an “A” team in I Corps (Gia Vuc) before assignment as XO to the I Corps “Mike Force” where he earned his CIB. Following assignment to Vietnam, Will attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and was assigned as a Armor Co CO and BN S3 in Fort Carson, CO in the 5th ID. He then earned a MS in Experimental Psychology at the U. Miami followed by a 3-year tour at West Point teaching Psychology and Leadership. Read more...

Dr. Greg Laskow

Greg LaskowGreg Laskow is currently a part-time faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) having retired from his full time position there in December 2010. Greg has been associated with the Center for Creative Leadership since March 2000. He has designed and delivered custom solutions for leadership development across a variety of public and private sector industries and organizations, some of which include government, military, financial, manufacturing, service, healthcare, telecommunications, transportation, and consumer products. Greg had a multi-year expatriate assignment in the Brussels office where he was responsible for all CCL's custom design and delivery for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. Read more...


Dr. Fred Brown

Fred BrownFred Brown, Jr., Ph.D. has been a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist associated with the Army for the past 30 years.  He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the Texas Tech University with internship at William Beaumont Army Medical Center and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Madigan Army Medical Center.  A retired Army Colonel (23 years), he has served in various clinical and operational psychology assignments, including leadership positions as a medical center department chief and deputy chief of the US Army Special Operations Command Directorate of Psychological Applications. Read more...