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Dr Stephen Weiss

  • Research fellows

Senior Research Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience
  • Conflict and security
  • Arts, culture and media


Dr Stephen J Weiss, a former Research Associate at the Centre for Defence Studies holds two MA degrees, the first in Clinical Psychology from Goddard College, Vt., the second in War Studies from Kings College London. He was awarded his PhD. in War Studies from King's in 1995. 
Dr. Weiss served as a first scout in an American infantry rifle squad in Italy, France, and Germany. He landed on D-Day in Southern France. Listed as Missing In Action' in France, he served with the French Resistance and an OSS Operational Group behind enemy lines. For these exploits, he was awarded the French Resistance Medal, two Croix de Guerre, and the American Bronze Star. President Jacques Chirac presented him with the Legion d’ Honneur in 1999. On 22nd June 2007 he was made an Officier de la Leigon d’ Honneur and in July 2013 he was promoted to Commandeur in the Order de la Leigon d’ Honneur. The Order is the highest decoration in France.
Dr Weiss also worked as a licensed California clinical psychotherapist in Los Angeles. As a former photographer and music editor, he spent many years in American network broadcast television. In his lectures, he brings his war experiences directly into the class room. 
Dr Weiss is conducting research on and assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a select group of World War Two Veterans. The Canadian landings in Normandy on D-Day is another project under investigation.

Research interests

  • World War Two
  • Psychology of the Fighting Man
  • The Soldier and Military Psychiatry
  • Experience of War
  • Reality and Mythology of War
  • Hollywood at War


His recent book,Second Chance: In Combat with the US 'Texas' Infantry, the OSS, and the French Resistance during the Liberation of France, 1943-1946 was published in September 2011 by Military History Publishing. 

For a list of Dr Stephen Weiss' publications, please refer to: DrStephenJWeiss-MajorPublications18.10.07