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National Crime Victims Center > About Us > Faculty > MUSC/NCVC faculty - Heidi S. Resnick, Ph.D. 

Heidi Resnick, Ph.D.   Bio of Dr. Alyssa Rheingold
[NCVC rotation]

Dr. Resnick received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indiana in 1987. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as a leading investigator at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center.  For the past 18 years, Dr. Resnick has been conducting research, teaching, and performing clinical activities related to PTSD and other adaptations following exposure to potentially traumatic events, including crime and disaster.  She has developed early intervention strategies that may prevent the development of PTSD and other psychopathology following a traumatic event.  She has published more than 120 articles and book chapters related to the prevalence and impact of exposure to traumatic events, as well as approaches to interventions with PTSD and other mental health problems.  She has conducted a randomized controlled trial of a brief intervention used with adult and older adolescent rape victims in the emergency hospital setting that is designed to prepare women and girls for the procedures they will go through during the medical rape exam, and that provides instruction in adaptive coping strategies following rape.  She has collaborated with colleagues at the NCVC to develop similar materials for use by younger children and their parents who are preparing for non-acute post-sexual assault medical care services.  She has also collaborated with colleagues at the New York Academy of Medicine on a series of studies assessing reactions over time following the September 11th terrorist attacks in the World Trade Center.  This work has involved the development and piloting of a web-based psychoeducational intervention that may be useful in the aftermath of disasters.  Recent research includes a study of the prevalence and impact of forcible, and drug or alcohol facilitated or incapacitated rape within samples of college women and women in the general population.

Research interests: risk factors for exposure to potentially traumatic events, posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems following exposure to rape or other PTEs.  Development and evaluation of interventions to prevent or reduce negative adaptations following exposure to potentially traumatic events.

Honors/Awards:

2002

Recognition of valued efforts & service in response to Sept. 11, 2001 - presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.

2000

Recognition Award for Leadership and Dedication - Board of Directors (1997-2000), International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies

2000

Faculty Scientist Practitioner Award - awarded by Psychology Internship Class
1998Faculty Scientist Practitioner Award - awarded by Psychology Internship Class

Select Publications:

  • Cisler, J.M., Amstadter, A.B., Begle, A.M., Resnick, H.S., Danielson, C.K., Saunders, B.E., & Kilpatrick, D.G. (2011). PTSD symptoms, potentially traumatic event exposure, and binge drinking: A prospective study with a national sample of adolescents. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 978-987.  doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.06.006
  • Kilpatrick, D.G., Resnick, H.S., Miller, M.W., Keyes, K.M., Friedman, M.J. (in press). National estimates of exposure to traumatic events and PTSD prevalence using DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria. Journal of Traumatic Stress.
  • McCauley, J.L., Amstadter, A.B., Macdonald, A., Danielson, C.K., Ruggiero, K.J., Resnick, H.S., & Kilpatrick, D.G. (2011). Non-medical use of prescription drugs in a national sample of college women. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 690-695. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.01.020
  • Miller, M.W., Wolf, E.J., Kilpatrick D., Resnick, H., Marx, B.P., Holowka, D.W., & Keane, T.M., Rosen, R.C., Friedman, M.J. (2012). The prevalence and latent structure of proposed DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in US national and veteran samples. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, advance online publication, 3 September 2012; doi:10.1037/a0029730.
  • Resnick, H.S., Walsh, K., McCauley, J.L., Schumacher, J.A., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Acierno, R.E. (2012). Assault related substance use as a predictor of substance use over time within a sample of recent victims of sexual assault. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 914-921.
  • Resnick, H.S., Walsh, K., Schumacher, J.A., Kilpatrick, D.G., Acierno, R. (2013). Prior substance abuse and related treatment history reported by recent victims of sexual assault. Addict Behaviors, 38, 2074-2079.
  • Ruggiero, K. J., Resnick, H. S., Paul, L. A., Gros, K., McCauley, J. L., Acierno, R., Morgan, M., & Galea, S. (2012). Randomized controlled trial of an Internet-based intervention using random-digit-dial recruitment: The Disaster Recovery Web project. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 33, 237-246.
  • Walsh, K., Danielson, C.K., McCauley, J.L., Saunders, B.E., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H.S. (2012). National prevalence of PTSD among sexually revictimized adolescent, college, and adult household-residing women. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 935-942.
  • Walsh, K., Nugent, N.R., Kotte, A., Amstadter, A.B., Wang, S., Guille, C., Acierno, R., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H.S., (in press). Cortisol at the emergency room rape visit as a predictor of PTSD and depression symptoms over time. Psychoneuroendocrinology.
  • Wolitzky-Taylor, K.B., Resnick, H.S., McCauley, J.L., Amstadter, A.B., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Ruggiero, K.J. (2011). Is reporting of rape on the rise? A comparison of women with reported versus unreported rape experiences in the National Women’s Study-replication. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 807-832.  doi: 10.1177/0886260510365869

Select Presentations:

  • Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H.S. (2011, November). An examination of proposed DSM-V Criteria for PTSD in a civilian sample exposed to assault and other potentially traumatic events. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.
  • Walsh, K., Danielson, C., McCauley, J., Saunders, B., Kilpatrick, D., & Resnick, H. (2012). Prevalence of sexual revictimization and PTSD among three national female samples.  Paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Walsh, K., Nugent, N., Wang, S., Acierno, R., & Resnick, H. (2012). Early intervention and thyroid hormones in recent assault survivors. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Los Angeles, CA.
  • McCauley, J.L., Danielson, C.K., Amstadter, A.B., Ruggiero, K.J., Resnick, H.S., Hanson, R.F., Smith, D.W., Saunders, B.E., & Kilpatrick, D.G. (Nov., 2008). U.S. teen non-medical prescription drug use: Associations with potentially traumatic life experiences and mental health problems. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual ABCT Convention, Orlando, FL.
  • Danielson, C.K., Amstadter, A. B., Dangelmaier, R. E., Resnick, H., Saunders, B., &., Kilpatrick, D. G. (June, 2008). Gender differences in the association between victimization history and substance abuse with regard to prevalence and risk factors. Research paper presented at the annual College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, Puerto Rico. McCauley, J.L., Danielson, C.K., Amstadter, A.B., Ruggiero, K.J., Resnick, H.S., Hanson, R.F., Smith, D.W., Saunders, B.E., & Kilpatrick, D.G. (Nov., 2008). U.S. teen non-medical prescription drug use: Associations with potentially traumatic life experiences and mental health problems. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual ABCT Convention, Orlando, FL.
  • Waldrop, A.E., Resnick, H.S., Contini Sisson, R., Acierno, R., King, D., & King, L. (2007, November). Revictimization Trends in a Sample of Female Rape Victims. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD. Rheingold, A.A., Danielson, C.K., Resnick, H., Self-Brown, S., Cunningham, A., Grier, J., Rives, S., & Hubel, G. (2007, November). Prevention of Child Distress During Medical Exams for Child Sexual Abuse. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.
  • Rheingold, A.A., Resnick, H., Danielson, C.K., Cunningham, A., Grier, J., Rives, S., & Hubel, G. (2007, November). Assessing Child Distress During the Sexual Assault Medical Examination. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.
  • Resnick, H., Danielson, C., Rheingold, A., Waldrop, A., Acierno, R., & Kilpatrick, D. (2007, November). Impact of a Brief Intervention on Acute Distress Among Rape Victims at the Time of the Medical Exam. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Curriculum Vitae  (2013) (Requires Adobe® Reader to view)

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10/14/2013

              

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