Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Hispanic Officer Advisory Committee


HOAC Chair

HOAC Chair - LCDR Adriana Restrepo

LCDR Adriana Restrepo
LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service

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The Hispanic Officers Advisory Committee (HOAC) was established in 1990 as one of four Chartered Minority Advisory Groups under the Minority Officers Liaison Council (MOLC), authorized by the Surgeon General. We welcome you to pursue our website and find out more so that you too can become an active HOAC member.

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HOAC Chair Biography

LCDR Adriana Restrepo is a licensed clinical psychologist and currently serves as a Psychology Examiner, in the Program Review Division, at Central Office, with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP). In this role, she forms part of a three-person team that verifies that the one hundred and twenty two institutions in the Bureau of Prisons are providing adequate mental health care and working within policy guidelines. LCDR Restrepo completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and French at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University. She then pursued her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Forensic Psychology, from Carlos Albizu University, in Miami, FL.

LCDR Restrepo has been employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 2006 and has worked in many areas including providing individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment of severe mental illness, conducting psychological assessments, and has worked with both English and Spanish speaking populations to address mental health needs. In 2013, LCDR Restrepo became a Commissioned Corps Officer with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). She has been an active member of the Hispanic Officers Advisory Committee (HOAC) since 2014 and has helped to support the vision of the Office of the Surgeon General to protect, promote, and advance the health of the nation and promote the Hispanic interests and accomplishments within the USPHS. She has been in various leadership roles including Chair of the Minority Officers Liaison Council (MOLC), in 2017 and served as an advocate for the recognition of contributions made my minority officers in the USPHS. LCDR Restrepo also currently serves as Vice-Chair/Chair Elect 2020 of HOAC, Chair of the Readiness subcommittee of the Psychology Professional Advisory Group (PSYPAG), and member of the Health Services Professional Advisory Committee (HSPAC) Readiness subcommittee. In addition, LCDR Restrepo is Deputy Squad Leader and an active member of the Mental Health Team 2 Response team and has had the opportunity to deploy on several missions. These have included the Unaccompanied Minors mission, the water crisis response in Flint, MI, an international deployment in Mexico to provide disaster behavioral health training to first responders, and in response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.


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