Director of Psychological Health
Director of Psychological Health


CDR Richter is a native of San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate education at Arizona State University and medical school at Midwestern University’s Arizona Campus. He was commissioned in 1999 through the Navy Health Professionals Scholarship Program (HPSP).

In 2003 Richter completed his initial internship training at Naval Medical Center San Diego before being assigned as Battalion Surgeon, 1st Battalion 7th Marines, Twentynine Palms. Richer twice deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006 leading medical operations and patient care during combat operations. He was directly involved in medico-diplomatic efforts of the Sunni Awakening Strategy shift and medical training of the Iraqi 7th Brigade.

In July 2006 Richter returned to Naval Medical Center San Diego for his Psychiatry Residency. Upon graduation in 2009, he lead a multinational Mental Health department at the NATO Role-3 Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Upon his return, he led the high-volume Fleet Mental Health clinic in San Diego before being selected as Program Director, OASIS Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment Program; delivering cutting-edge treatment for combat PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Under his leadership the program completed a flawless initial Joint Commission survey and was hailed as a national model for the optimal treatment of PTSD by the Institute Medicine.

In July 2013, Richter assumed the role of Division Psychiatrist, 1st Marine Division, where he managed all embedded Mental Health personnel. Leveraging regional partnerships, his innovations in the area of integrated mental health care were applauded by MIT’s Sociotechnical Systems Research Center as, “…a rich set of practices centered around coordination that support more effective care delivery.”

July of 2016 he was assigned as Director of Psychological Health, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), where he directed policy and mental health delivery for Navy Medicine. Richter was elevated to Deputy Director of Primary Care and Mental Health, widening his aperture to policy related to topics such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Pain Management, and the Opiate Epidemic.

In 2018 Richter was assigned as Deputy Director of Behavioral Health at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 2019, he was selected as Director, Psychological Health, Headquarters Marine Corps, Health Services where he provides trusted counsel to The Medical Officer of the Marine Corps and Marine Corps senior leaders while managing the expanding embedded mental health mission across the Marine Corps.

Richter is an internationally recognized subject matter expert, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Certified Physician Executive. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniform Services University and Instructor for the Defense Institute of Medical Operations. He has authored multiple scholarly articles and book chapters on topics ranging from integrated care delivery in the treatment of PTSD to disaster psychiatry. Richter is a leader in health diplomacy having participated in missions to countries throughout Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

In addition to numerous unit and campaign awards,  Richter’s personal awards include the Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Combat Action Ribbon.


CDR Kenneth E. Richter



Headquarters Marine Corps