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Kenneth J Ruggiero Ph.D.

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  • Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Nursing
Academic Focus
  • leveraging technology to improve quality of care in child mental health treatment
  • technology-facilitated stepped care interventions for survivors of traumatic injury and disaster
  • addressing access-to-care barriers in mental health treatment among veterans and firefighters


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Ken Ruggiero, PhD, is Professor and Co-Director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL), as well as Director of the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program. He is also Associate Director of an HSR&D Center of Innovation at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and MA and PhD from West Virginia University, and completed his internship and NIMH postdoc at MUSC. Dr. Ruggiero’s research centers on the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions. Most of his early research focused on brief self-help interventions designed for disaster victims and OEF/OIF Veterans. Over time, this work evolved into the use and evaluation of wholly technology based stepped care approaches for victims of disaster and serious injury. A second major line of research focuses on the development and evaluation of tablet-based resources to improve quality of care in child mental health treatment. This work aims specifically to improve child engagement and provider fidelity in delivery of best practices. Dr. Ruggiero has had continuous extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2001. He has led as PI four NIH, four VA, and five Department of Homeland Securities grants, and has served as Co-I on numerous grants funded by DoD, NIDA, and SAMHSA. He has over 150 scholarly publications and 180 presentations, a high percentage of which were led by former interns, postdocs, and junior faculty members whom he has mentored. He is a standing member of an NIMH review panel, and serves on four editorial boards. He has served as a formal mentor on NIAAA and NIMH T32s, an NIH F32, two NIMH R25s, an NIMH minority fellowship supplement, and NIH K23 and VA career development awards.