Deydre Smyth Teyhen

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Distinguished Alumna


Col. Deydre Smyth Teyhen, DPT, Ph.D., OCS

U.S. Army Medical Specialists Corps

Commander, U.S. Army Health-Clinic Schofield Barracks, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96857

Colonel Deydre S. Teyhen, Ph.D. ’04, is commander of the U.S. Army Health Clinic Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. This fall, Colonel Teyhen will take command of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, the largest and most diverse biomedical research laboratory in the Department of Defense.

Teyhen’s research focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation with a special emphasis on soldier health and medical readiness. Her research accomplishments include more than $4 million in research grants and she has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journals.

Teyhen was assistant chief of Staff-Public Health at the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General from 2014 to 2016, where she led the Army’s Performance Triad initiative and oversaw the Army Medicine’s response to public health disease.

As commander of the Public Health Command Region-South, she led public health efforts across 11 southeastern states, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Key military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit, and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research. Civilian recognition includes Outstanding Dissertation Award from UT-Austin and the Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Colonel Teyhen is married to Col. John V. Teyhen, III, deputy command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command. They are the first military couple to run a marathon in all 50 states, and are working toward 100 marathons and a marathon on all seven continents.


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology and Health Education – Biomechanics, 2004; Larry Abraham, Advisor
  • Nationally Recognized Scholar and Practitioner in the Field of Physical Therapy Specializing in Military Injury Rehabilitation
  • Commander, U.S. Army Health-Clinic Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
  • Named Commander of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Beginning in Fall 2018
  • Recipient of 2005 UT-Austin Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research &
  • U.S. Army Legion of Merit Award