Dr. Michael S. Bermes
Ph.D.; LCSW, MSW, MCAP, ICADC, Retired U.S. Army
Prior to assuming his current position as Executive Director, Directorate of Analytics & Performance Optimization, and as Special Assistant to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps , Dr. Bermes held the positions of Sr. Program Liaison for Community Health Integration, HQMC, Research and Program Evaluation Section Head, Behavioral Health, HQMC, and Director, Prevention (Embedded) and Special Staff to the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Prior to entering civilian Marine service Dr. Bermes was the Program Director, Military Families Program & Director of Outreach, Psychology Department, University of Central Florida (UCF) responsible for coordinating a Department of Defense funded, $5.2 million research program spanning three locations to examine the effects of deployment on children and the non-deployed care givers whose military member is or was deployed in support of Iraq and Afghanistan military operations.
Dr. Bermes’ practice experience has traversed neuro-behavioral consulting services in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, family restoration, group therapy serving military, veteran, and civilian clients in an outcome-driven and supported living environment. He has worked extensively with harm reduction strategies, homelessness and housing first programs, and intensive case management. Dr. Bermes’ areas of expertise are in behavioral health, program evaluation, reintegration of combat veterans, resiliency, co-occurring disorders, substance related disorders (SUDs), severe and persistent mental illness, TBI, military social work, military families, group and family therapy, and homelessness among veterans and their families.
Professor Bermes developed and fielded a Masters in Military Social Work Certificate Program at UCF. The first of its kind in Florida, the curriculum was focused on developing clinical military social workers within various community-based settings. He was a member of the Expert Panel for Military Social Work Practice Standards Development: Military, Veterans, and Families, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Washington, D.C., that wrote and fielded the first practice standards for the emerging field of military social work. He also sat on the Expert Panel for Military Credentialing Standards Development: Military, Veterans, and Families, NASW, Washington, D.C., that established the first credential recognizing practice expertise within military social workers. He also served as the Faculty Advisor to the UCF Student Veteran Association.
Dr. Bermes received both his Masters in Clinical Social Work and Ph.D. in Community, Organizational, and Administrative Science from UCF. He is a Master Certified Addictions Specialist (MCAP) licensed in the state of Florida and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) as well as a LCSW also in the state of Florida and Virginia. Dr. Bermes is the recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award, Volusia/Flagler Counties, Student Social Worker of the Year, Volusia/Flagler Counties, and the MSW Academic & Professional Excellence Award, UCF.
He is the past Unit Chair, NASW, Volusia & Flagler Counties and Secretary and Military Committee Chair, Florida NASW Executive Committee. Dr. Bermes also served as the Chair, Military Social Work Committee, School of Social Work, University of Central Florida. Dr. Bermes has previously worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and as the Program Director, Haven Recovery Centers, DeLand and Daytona Beach, Florida. His research expertise is in the area of childhood trauma, neglect, and low socioeconomic status and their impact in the severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military or veterans with combat-related exposure.