November 30, 2023

Dr. Charles Morgan on Psycho-Neurobiology and War


Charles A. Morgan III is an American psychiatrist who has studied post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a researcher with the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder who has worked on how stress interacts with the neurobiological basis of hardiness and resilience.

Morgan has been a faculty member at Yale University and the National Center for PTSD.

Yale School of Medicine:

In 2010 Dr. Morgan was awarded the Sir Henry Welcome Medal and Prize for his research on enhancing cognitive performance under stress in special operations personnel. in 2011 Dr. Morgan deployed to Afghanistan as an operational advisor with the Asymmetric Warfare Group.

An excerpt from, "Forensic Psychiatry Expert Consults on Cases in Guantanamo Bay, The Hague" By Renee Chmiel, University of New Haven, March 9, 2022:

Dr. Morgan is part of a team that will be heading to Cuba later this month. The case involves at least one prisoner, possibly two, who is accused of planning with Al-Qaeda in connection with the September 11 terrorist attacks. The suspect, who was brought into custody as part of a military campaign in the early 2000s, has allegedly confessed – though Dr. Morgan doesn’t yet know what he has confessed to, specifically. Because he made these statements when exposed to very harsh interrogation, Dr. Morgan was asked to consult on the case.

"The question in this case involves statements provided by a defendant who was exposed to harsh interrogation methods," said Dr. Morgan, a forensic psychiatrist, former intelligence officer, and neuroscientist. "Scientific data about the nature of human memory show us that it is important to remember that what people recall when they are afraid, or when they are stressed, may not be reliable."

Video Title: Dr. Charles Morgan on Psycho-Neurobiology and War. Source: Modern War Institute. Date Published: June 14, 2018. Description:

Dr. Charles Morgan speaks to cadets and faculty at West Point about a range of topics, including psychology, neurobiology, and the science of humans at war. Dr. Morgan's neurobiological and forensic research has established him as an international expert in post-traumatic stress disorder, eyewitness memory, and human performance under conditions of high stress. 

The event was organized and hosted by the Modern War Institute at West Point.