COL Deydre S. Teyhen was born in Canton, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Science at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1993. She earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the U.S. Army-Baylor University in 1995, completed her Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the University of Texas in 2004, and her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the Baylor University in 2008. COL Teyhen graduated with distinction from the U.S. Army War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies in 2014.
Prior to assuming command of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, COL Teyhen Commanded the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks. Prior to that she served as the Assistant Chief of Staff-Public Health at the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General; where she led the Army’s Performance Triad initiative and oversaw the Army Medicine’s response to public health diseases, such as the Zika and Ebola viruses. As the Commander, Public Health Command Region-South, she led public health efforts over the 11 southeastern states, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prior assignments include: Deputy Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Ft Detrick, MD; Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Physical Therapy Research for the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Ft Sam Houston, TX; Officer-in-Charge of Task Force 10 Delta Med in Al Kut, Iraq; Chief of Musculoskeletal Care Center and Chief of Physical Therapy at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Ft Meade MD; Chief of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.; Chief Physical Therapy, 21st Combat Support Hospital in Tuzla, Bosnia; and physical therapist at Darnall Army Community Hospital, Ft Hood, TX.
COL Teyhen’s research portfolio focuses on Soldier health and medical readiness (public health, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral health, resiliency, imaging, and technology). Her research accomplishments include over 5 million dollars in grants, 80 peer-reviewed publications, 110 presentations at conferences, and 130 invited lectures. COL Teyhen is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and a Cooper Institute Certified Health Promotion Director. Key military awards include the Legion of Merit (2OLC), the Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Medical Merit, the Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency Designator, and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research. Key civilian awards include Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of Texas, the American Physical Therapy Association Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member, and inducted into the Kinesiology and Health Education Distinguished Alumna Hall of Honor, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
COL Teyhen is married to COL John V. Teyhen, III who recently served as the Deputy Command Surgeon of U.S. Army Pacific Command before retiring in October 2018 after 34 years of service. They have accomplished their goal to be the first military couple to run a marathon in all 50 states; and working towards 100 marathons to include all 7 continents.