CAPT Jon T. Perez, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of Federal service ranging from direct care to policy and program management in the United States and abroad. He was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service in 1992, and over the last 20 years rose from direct clinical work in small, isolated clinics to directing behavioral health for the Indian Health Service. Dr. Perez now serves permanently as the Region IX Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Dr. Perez is also well known for developing programs for international health diplomacy efforts and creating disaster response networks. He began his disaster relief work during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and has been actively involved in developing and deploying disaster teams internationally since then. His assignments include behavioral health commander during initial U.S. tsunami relief efforts aboard USNS Mercy in Banda Aceh, serving as the Senior Liaison Officer between coalition forces and the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health, and leading multiple response teams for events from the Presidential Inauguration to remote crisis situations worldwide.