Neil E Grunberg

MA, MPhil, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Professor; Director, Leadership Research & Development; MEM Director, Faculty Development
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Stress, PTS, TBI, Addictive Behaviors
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B.S., Medical Microbiology, Stanford University (1975)
M.A. (1977), M.Phil. (1979), and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in Physiological and Social Psychology, Columbia University
Doctoral training in Pharmacology, Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons under a National Research Service Award (1976-79).


Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D., is Professor of Military & Emergency Medicine (MEM), Medical & Clinical Psychology (MPS), and Neuroscience (NES) in the Uniformed Services University (USU) School of Medicine (SOM); Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN); Director of Research and Development in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program; Director of Faculty Development for MEM; Chair of Faculty Mentoring and Development for ANE. He is a medical and social psychologist who has been on faculty at USU since 1979. His role in LEAD is to ensure that the LEAD program and sessions are based upon sound evidence and scholarship and to oversee research relevant to leadership education and training (see

Dr. Grunberg earned baccalaureate degrees in Medical Microbiology and Psychology from Stanford University (1975); earned M.A. (1977), M.Phil. (1979), and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in Physiological and Social Psychology from Columbia University; and received doctoral training in Pharmacology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons under a National Research Service Award (NRSA, 1976-79). Dr. Grunberg helps train physicians, psychologists, and nurses to serve in the Armed Forces or Public Health Service, and scientists for research positions. He has published >220 papers addressing behavioral medicine, stress, and leadership. Dr. Grunberg has received awards from the U.S. Surgeon General, CDC, FDA, American Psychological Association, NIH, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and USU. He has twice served as President of the USU Faculty Senate and has chaired USU committees including: Strategic Planning; Manpower; Health, Safety, and Wellness; Appointment, Promotions, and Tenure. Outside USU, he has chaired Working Groups for the MacArthur Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2015, Dr. Grunberg was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar (PLS) and had the opportunity to work with former members of the Cabinets of Presidents Johnson, Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43). He is a co-founder of the International Leadership Association Healthcare Leadership Community and a member of the Working Group of the World Healthcare Leadership Network.

Dr. Grunberg and his colleagues (see study leadership, stress (psychological and physical, including mTBI and PTSD), and appetitive behaviors (including nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and food consumption). His teaching includes topics in leadership, social psychology, psychobiology, behavioral neuroscience, and sports psychology.

Dr. Grunberg has supervised 37 doctoral dissertations in Medical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, and Nursing, and has served on many master and doctoral degree committees. He also mentors faculty members in MEM and ANE at USU.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Fellow, American Psychological Association, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Member, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Association of Psychological Science, Sigma Xi, Society for Neuroscience, Academy of Medicine of Washington, D.C.

Scientific consultant to Maryland Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Resource Center, Maryland Smoking Cessation Quitline (MD Quit), and Maryland State Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment programs

Editorial board of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, and contributing reviewer to F1000 (an electronic biomedical research journal source).

American Psychological Association's Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology (1989)

Centers for Disease Control Awards (1988, 1990), US Surgeon General's Medallion (1990), US FDA Research Award (2005)

USU Outstanding Biomedical Graduate Educator Award (1999, 2008), USU Center for Health Disparities Building Partnerships for Better Health Award (2006), USU Carol J. Johns Award to enhance USU programs, faculty, and reputation (2007) USU Cinda Helke Award for Graduate Student Advocacy (2008)

United States Presidential Leadership Scholar (2015)

F1000 Faculty Member of the Year (2016) in Pharmacology & Drug Discovery

Co-chair/co-founder (2020), Healthcare Leadership Community, International Leadership Association

Representative Bibliography

O'Connor, F.G., Grunberg, N.E., Kellermann, A.L., & Schoomaker, E. (2015). Leadership education and development at the Uniformed Services University. Military Medicine, 180(4S), 147-152.

Yarnell, A.M., Barry, E.S., Mountney, A., Shear, D., Tortella, F., & Grunberg, N.E. (2016). The revised neurobehavioral severity scale (NSS-R) for rodents. Current Protocols in Neuroscience, 75: 9.52.1-9.52.16.

Eklund, K.E., Barry, E.S., Grunberg, N.E. (2017). Gender and Leadership. In A. Alvinius (Ed.), Gender Differences in Different Contexts. InTech, 129-150.

Yarnell, A.M., & Grunberg, N.E. (2017). “Developing ‘Allostatic leaders’: A Psychobiosocial Perspective,” in M. Clark & C.W. Gruber (Eds.), Leader Development Deconstructed, Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 23-50.

Grunberg, N.E., Barry, E.S., Kleber, H.G., McManigle, J.E., & Schoomaker, E.B. (2018). Charting a course for leader and leadership education and development in American medical schools. MedEdPublish, 7(1), 37-40,

Grunberg, N.E., Barry, E.S., Callahan, C.W., Kleber, H.G., McManigle, J.E., & Schoomaker, E.B. (2018). A conceptual framework for leader and leadership education and development. International Journal of Leadership in Education. Pp 1- 7.

Callahan, C., & Grunberg, N.E. (2019). Military medical leadership. In O’Connor, F., Schoomaker, E., & Smith, D. (Editors). Fundamentals of military medical practice. Washington, DC: Borden, 51-66.

Grunberg, N.E., & Barry, E.S. (2019). Effective communication. In J.F. Quinn, & B.A. White (Eds.), Cultivating Leadership in Medicine. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 77-89.

Barry, E.S., & Grunberg, N.E. (2019). Healthcare teams. In J.F. Quinn & B.A. White (Eds.), Cultivating leadership in medicine. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 117-130.

Lowe, J.B., Barry, E.S., & Grunberg, N.E., (2020). Improving leader effectiveness across multi-generational workforces. Journal of Leadership Studies. 14(1), 1-7.