Matthew Schumacher, PhD is an National Security Psychologist and Consultant for the LASD Detective Division ~ Major Crimes Bureau. Formerly, he was Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and has a decade of experience in Military and Operationally focused Psychology with multiple deployments to Iraq, Africa, and Afghanistan. He is an expert in military and operational psychology, psychological response to disasters and psychiatric emergences, and has robust experiencing teaching medical, special operations, and law enforcement personnel. In 2015 he was the first officer to complete the Navy’s Joint, Interagency Operational Psychology Fellowship. From 2013 to 2018 he was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, teaching and supervising psychologists and psychiatrists in inpatient and emergency psychiatry, deployment psychology, and crisis/disaster response. He ended his military career with Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) as embedded operational psychologist in April 2018. He has trained or deployed with special units of USASOC, NSW, MARSOC, LAPD, DIA, CIA, NSA, and the FBI.
Prior to his military career, Dr. Schumacher spent three years as a psychiatry researcher at Stanford School of Medicine, focusing on inpatient and emergency clinical trials in Bipolar Disorders. His research background has focused on mood disorders and psychiatric emergencies. Dr. Schumacher earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2011 from Northern Illinois University and completed his internship at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA. He completed undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, where he also captained the track and field team.