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College of Nursing taps researcher as new associate dean

Staff Report

Ronald E. Acierno, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for research at the College of Nursing, effective Jan. 2.

In this position, Acierno will provide mentorship and leadership in managing all aspects of research grants, from helping to refine ideas during formulation phases, through peer review, submission and post-award activities.

Acierno will remain in his position as research scientist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center where he directs several studies. In addition, he will continue his work with Veterans on Deck, a non–profit organization he founded to facilitate veteran's re-integration into society in a positive, team–building environment by serving as a board member, and the clinical and technical advisor.

“Dr. Acierno will bring significant expertise, collaborative ideas and focused energy to our college in his new role. We are excited about taking our research trajectory to new levels under his leadership,” says Gail Stuart, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing.

Prior to joining the MUSC College of Nursing, Acierno was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at MUSC where he held affiliations in the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and in the Division of Military Psychiatry.

He has two diverse areas of research: epidemiological work with victims of disaster, interpersonal violence and elder abuse, and treatment outcome work with civilian and military populations suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Acierno received the Outstanding Mentor Award by the MUSC Psychology Internship Class (2007–2008), the MUSC Golden Apple Circle of Excellence Teaching Award (2005) and a recognition for service to elderly crime victims from the Community Council on Family Violence (2000).

Acierno received his bachelor¹s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, and earned his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova–Southeastern University.

Acierno is currently the principal investigator on a Department of Defense grant to study a preventive intervention for PTSD for active duty service personnel and veterans, two South Carolina service grants from the Department of Public Safety, a VA grant evaluating if PTSD treatment can be delivered effectively via video conferencing technology, and the site principal investigator for three VA multi–site studies.

His work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Justice, Department of Defense, and South Carolina Department of Public Safety's VOCA, VAWA, and SVAP grant systems.

January 17, 2014

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