CAPT James Reeves was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in Biology in 1992. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 1996 and his residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill where he was chief resident in 2000.
CAPT Reeves began his Navy career in 2000 as a staff psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. He assisted in the relief efforts both at Washington DC and New York City during 9/11 and published 3 papers on the topic. CAPT Reeves was then selected to become the 1st Marine Division (1MARDIV) psychiatrist at Camp Pendleton where he oversaw mental health for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Al Anbar province, Iraq during 2004 and published in the Marine Corps Gazette on operational stress control. From 2005 to 2009 he served as the psychiatry residency director at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. In 2009 CAPT Reeves was selected to become the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s (OSD) lead on global health in OSD-Policy where he oversaw the Department of Defense’s $99 million HIV/AIDS prevention program. CAPT Reeves was selected as the Director for Mental Health at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where he led 320 personnel across Hampton Roads to include inpatient, outpatient and substance abuse services as well as 2 training programs and served on the Command Executive Board. CAPT Reeves is currently serving as the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Center for Global Health Engagement at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He also serves as the Specialty Leader for Navy Psychiatry where he leads the Navy’s 145 psychiatrists and manages Navy mental health policy.
CAPT Reeves remains an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and previously served as a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received the 2015 Sears Award for most outstanding Navy psychiatrist.