Virginia Tech®home

Kristen Casto Ph.D.


Colonel Kristen Casto is the Director of the Public Health Directorate at the Office of Army Surgeon General.  Colonel Casto earned a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology and Audiology) in 1991 and a Masters of Science (Audiology) in 1993 from West Virginia University.  She earned a clinical doctorate in Audiology from Central Michigan University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Industrial Systems Engineering (Human Factors) in 2009.

Colonel Casto is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.  She maintains a professional audiology license from the state of West Virginia and course director certification from the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. She is a former Director of Education and Past-President of the National Hearing Conservation Association.

During the first portion of her career as an Army audiologist, Colonel Casto managed clinical audiology and hearing conservation programs at Fort Riley, Kansas (1995-1997), Fort Rucker, Alabama (1997-2000), Fort Campbell, Kentucky (2000-2003), and Schofield Barracks Hawaii (2003-2006).  After completing a Ph.D. program in 2009, Colonel Casto led the Acoustics Branch at the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker, Alabama. From 2012-2017, she served as the Audiology Staff Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health and as the Army Surgeon General’s senior consultant on audiology and hearing conservation at the Office of the Surgeon General in Falls Church, Virginia.  From 2017-2018, COL Casto directed the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Colonel Casto’s awards include the 2015 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Engineering Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the 2015 West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Award, the Military Audiology Associations’ Doug Ohlin Founders Award, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Medical Department Proficiency Designator, and the Order of Military Medical Merit.