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National Crime Victims Center > About Us > Faculty > MUSC/NCVC faculty - Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Director

Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.. - Director  Bio of Dr. Heidi Resnick
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Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  His primary research interests include measuring the prevalence of rape, other violent crimes, and other types of potentially traumatic events as well as assessing the mental health impact of such events.  Dr. Kilpatrick and his colleagues at the NCVC have conducted several extramurally funded studies investigating these topics using national household probability samples of adults and adolescents.  His research has been funded by a variety of federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, national Institute on Drug abuse, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the National Institute of Justice.  He has over 150 peer reviewed publications, over 60 book chapters and monographs, and over 450 presentations at scientific and professional meetings.  Dr. Kilpatrick was a member of two Institute of Medicine Committees: the Committee on Incorporating Research into Psychiatry Residency Training and the Committee on Veterans Compensation for Posttraumatic stress Disorder.   He has served the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies as a Board Member (1994-1997), Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress (1998-2005), and as President-Elect and President.  He is now a Past President.  Dr. Kilpatrick has provided invited testimony on the topics of rape, sexual harassment, and compensation for PTSD to committees of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He was recently awarded (2007) the Allied Profession Award for promoting crime victims' rights, services, and needs in the mental health field by the Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus.

Research interests: epidemiological approaches towards understanding the scope and mental health impact of potentially traumatic events, including natural disaster, terrorism, and violent crime; gene * environment interaction models attempting to understand risk and resilience for PTSD and depression following exposure to potentially traumatic events; using research findings to improve clinical practice and public policy


2008ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award - presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  Awarded for his lifetime contributions to the field of PTSD.
2007Outstanding Scientific achievement Award - presented by Division 56 of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Allied Profession Award - awarded by the Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus for promoting crime victims' rights, services, and needs in the mental health field, April 18, 2007.


Career Achievement Award - awarded by the Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises of the Division of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, August, 2002.

2000Invited presentation of the Seventeenth Annual Helmut Schumann Lecture at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, October 12, 2000.

Select Publications:

  • Wolitzky-Taylor, K. B., Ruggiero, K. J., McCart, M. R., Smith, D. W., Hanson, R. F., Resnick, H. S., de Arellano, M. A., Saunders, B. E., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2010). Has adolescent suicidality decreased in the United States? Data from two national samples of adolescents interviewed in 1995 and 2005. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 64-76.
  • Conrad, K. A., Amstadter, A. B., McCauley, J. L., Richardson, L., Kilpatrick, D. G., Tran, T. L., Trung, L. T., Tam, N. T., Tuan, T., Buoi, L. T., Ha, T. T., Thach, T. D., & Acierno, R. (in press). Examination of general health following Typhoon Xangsane: A pre-post analysis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. PMCID: PMC-In Process
  • McCauley, J.L., Amstadter, A.B., Danielson, C.K., Ruggiero, K.J., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H.S.  (2009).  Mental health and rape history in relation to non-medical use of prescription drugs in a national sample of women.  Addictive Behaviors, 34, pp. 641-648. PMCID: PMC2738927
  • Zinzow H, Resnick HS, Amstadter AB, McCauley JL, Ruggiero KJ & Kilpatrick DG. Drug- or alcohol-facilitated, incapacitated, and forcible rape in relation to mental health among a national sample of women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, in press. NIHMSID: NIHMS144427
  • Amstadter, A. B., Koenen, K. C., Ruggiero, K. J., Acierno, R., Galea, S., Kilpatrick, D. G., & Gelernter, J. (2010). NPY moderates the relation between hurricane exposure and generalized anxiety disorder in an epidemiologic sample of hurricane-exposed adults. Depression and Anxiety, 27, p. 270-275. PMCID In Progress.
  • Acierno R, Hernandez MA, Amstadter AB, Resnick HS, Steve K, Muzzy W & Kilpatrick DG. (2010).  Prevalence and correlates of emotional, physical, sexual, neglectful, and financial abuse in the United States: The National Elder Mistreatment Study. American Journal of Public Health, 100, p. 292-297.
  • Amstadter AB, Nugent NR, Koenen KC, Ruggiero KJ, Acierno R, Galea S, Kilpatrick DG & Gelernter J. Association between COMT, PTSD, and increased smoking following hurricane exposure in an epidemiologic sample. Psychiatry, 72(4): 360-369, 2009. NIHMSID: NIHMS127405
  • Zinzow, H.M., Ruggiero, K.J., Hanson, R.F., Smith, D.W., Saunders, B.E., & Kilpatrick, D.G.  (2009).  Witnessed Community and Parental Violence in Relation to Substance Use and Delinquency in a National Sample of Adolescents.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22(6), pp. 525-533. PMCID: PMC2798911
  • Kilpatrick, D.G., Resnick, H.S., & Acierno, R.E. (2009).  Should PTSD Criterion A Be Retained?  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22, p.374-383.
  • McCauley JL, Danielson CK, Amstadter AB, Ruggiero KJ, Resnick HS, Hanson RF, Smith DW, Saunders BE & Kilpatrick DG. (2010). The role of traumatic event history in non-medical use of prescription drugs among a nationally representative sample of US adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51(1): 84-93. NIHMSID: NIHMS129663

Select Presentations:

  • Wolitzky-Taylor, K. B., Ruggiero, K. J., Danielson, C. K., Resnick, H. S., Hanson, R. F., Smith, D. W., Saunders, B. E., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2008, November). Prevalence and correlates of dating violence in a national sample of adolescents. Poster presented at the 42nd annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.
  • Kilpatrick, D.G. (2009, June). Research Methods for Understanding Response to Traumatic Stressors: Integrating Interview, Community and Genetic Data. Pre-Meeting Institute held at the 11th European Conference of Traumatic Stress. Oslo, Norway.
  • Kilpatrick, D.G. (2009, August). Rape in America Revisited: A Fifteen Year Follow-Up Study. Keynote presentation at the 13th International Symposium on Victimology. Tokiwa University, Mito, Japan.
  • Kilpatrick, D.G.  (2009, November).  SERT polymorphisms and social support in PTSD/hurricane victims.  In K.J. Ressler & D.G. Kilpatrick (Chair), Genes, stress and trauma:  Interactions shaping vulnerability to psychopathology.  Symposia conducted at the 25th ISTSS Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Begle, A.M., Hanson, R., Danielson, C., McCart, M.R., Ruggiero, K.G., Saunders, B.E., & Kilpatrick, D. (2009, November). Examining gender differences in victimization and high risk behavior trajectories: Data from the National Survey of Adolescents. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.
  • Kilpatrick, D.G. (2010, March).  Prevalence, Etiology, and Assessment of PTSD.  Presented to the National Association of Disability Examiners Conference, Charleston, SC.
  • Kilpatrick, D.G.  (2010, March).  Stigma and other Barriers to Obtaining Mental Health Care after Disasters.  Forum on Health and National Security Conference:  Stigma and Barriers to Care, Bethesda, MD.
  • Kilpatrick, D.G.  (2010, April).  CPT for PTSD:  Web-based Training for Therapists and Trauma Victims.  Plenary Lecture, 15th Psychotraumatology Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Kilpatrick, D.G.  (2010, April)  Crime-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Lecture presented at Tilburg University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Begle, A.M., Hanson, R.F., Saunders, B., de Arellano, M.A., Ruggiero, K.J., Resnick, H.S., Smith, D.W. & Kilpatrick, D.G.  (2010, June).  The role of PTSD and substance use on the relationship between trauma and delinquency.  Poster presented at the 18th National Colloquium of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, New Orleans, LA.

Curriculum Vitae  (2010)   (Requires AdobeĀ® Reader to view)

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