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National Crime Victims Center > About Us > Faculty > MUSC/NCVC faculty - Kenneth J. Ruggiero, Ph.D. 

phot Dr. Kenneth RuggieroKenneth J. Ruggiero, Ph.D.  Bio of Dr. Benjamin Saunders 
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Dr. Ruggiero, an Associate Professor at MUSC's National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, received his B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and M.A. and Ph.D. from West Virginia University. He is principal investigator on four ongoing federally funded grants. One is an R01 funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to develop and evaluate a brief Web-based Intervention for disaster-affected adolescents and families. Under a second NIMH grant, we are developing and evaluating mobile web applications that are designed to improve quality of care in child mental health treatment via increased child engagement and provider fidelity. Another grant is through VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) to develop self-help online mental health resources for OIF/OEF/OND Veterans. The fourth, funded by FEMA, involves development of Smartphone resources to educate fire service personnel about identifying and responding to suicide risk. Dr. Ruggiero also is a co-investigator on several ongoing grants funded by the Department of Defense, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. These and related ongoing studies address: (a) epidemiology of violence exposure and post-disaster mental health, (b) development and evaluation of self-administered resources for at-risk youth (c) efficacy evaluations of behavioral interventions delivered via in-person vs. telepsychology formats, and (d) dissemination and transport of evidence-based interventions for youth exposed to violence.

Research Interests: efficacy, transport, dissemination, and effectiveness of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for youth; design and evaluation of Web-based educational interventions for disaster-, combat-, violence-affected communities; design and evaluation of Web-based training protocols for clinicians in evidence-based practice.

Honors/Awards:

2005

Faculty Mentorship Excellence Award – MUSC Psychology Internship Program

2004

Circle of Excellence Award in teaching – MUSC Doctoring Curriculum

2002

Golden Apple Award – Outstanding New Teacher, MUSC Doctoring Curriculum

2001

Scientist/Practitioner Award – MUSC Psychology Internship Program

2000

Don Hake Outstanding Graduate Student Career Award

Select Publications:

  • Davidson, T. M., Price, M., McCauley, J. L., & Ruggiero, K. J. (in press). Disaster impact across cultural groups: Comparison of European Americans, African Americans, and Latinos. American Journal of Community Psychology.
  • Hanson, R. F., Gros, K. S., Davidson, T., Barr, S., Cohen, J., Deblinger, E., Mannarino, A. P., & Ruggiero, K. J. (in press). National trainers’ perspectives on challenges to implementation of an empirically supported mental health treatment. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
  • Paul, L. A., Price, M., Gros, D. F., Gros, K. S., McCauley, J., Resnick, H. S., Acierno, R., & Ruggiero, K. J. (in press). The associations between loss and posttraumatic stress and depressive symptoms following Hurricane Ike. Journal of Clinical Psychology.
  • Price, M., Davidson, T., Andrews, J. O., Ruggiero, K. J. (in press). Access, use, and completion of a brief disaster mental health intervention among Hispanics, African Americans, and Whites affected by Hurricane Ike. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.
  • Price, M., Yuen, E. K., Goetter, E. M., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Acierno, R., & Ruggiero, K. J. (in press). mHealth: A mechanism to deliver more accessible, more effective mental health care. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.
  • Pietrzak, R. H., Tracy, M., Galea, S., Kilpatrick, D. G., Ruggiero, K. J., Hamblen, J. L., Southwick, S. M., & Norris, F. (2012). Resilience in the face of disaster: Prevalence and longitudinal course of mental disorders following Hurricane Ike. PLoS One, 7, e38964. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038964.
  • Price, M., Gros, D. F., McCauley, J. L., Gros, K. S., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2012). Nonuse and dropout attrition for a web-based mental health intervention delivered in a post-disaster context. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 75, 266-283.
  • Ruggiero, K. J., Gros, K., McCauley, J. L., Resnick, H. S., Morgan, M., Kilpatrick, D. G., Muzzy, W., & Acierno, R. (2012). Mental health outcomes among adults in Galveston and Chambers Counties after Hurricane Ike. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 6, 26-32.
  • 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.
  • Ruggiero, K. J., Gros, D. F., McCauley, J., de Arellano, M. A., & Danielson, C. K. (2011). Rural adults’ use of health-related information online: Data from a 2006 national online health survey. Telemedicine and e-Health, 17,329-334.

Representative Presentations:

  • Carlbring, P., Cooper, D. C., Mohr, D. C., Rizvi, S. L., Ritterband, L. M., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2013, November). Developing web-based and mobile applications for mental health interventions: Benefits, challenges, and recommendations (Chair: E. Yuen). Panel discussion at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  • Soltis, K., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2013, November). Disaster mental health interventions for youth and families. Poster to be presented at the 47th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  • Ruggiero, K. J. (2013, June). Bounce Back Now: An e-health intervention for disaster-affected families. Presented at the 26th annual Update in Psychiatry: Disaster, Trauma, and Recovery. Charleston, SC.
  • Davidson, T., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2012, November). Development of a web-based depression resource for Latino adolescents. In E. Yuen & K. J. Ruggiero (co-Chairs), Developing high quality remote interventions for youth.Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
  • Price, M., Davidson, T., Rawls, T. C., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2012, November). Comparison of engagement in a web-based intervention across Hispanics, African Americans, and Whites affected by a natural disaster. Poster presented for the Technology and Behavior Special Interest Group at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
  • Ruggiero, K. J., Gros, K., Resnick, H. S., et al. (2012, November). Bounce Back Now! A web-based post-disaster intervention for adolescents and parents. In E. Yuen & K. J. Ruggiero (co-Chairs), Developing high quality remote interventions for youth. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
  • Yuen, E., Gros, K., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2012, November). A formal usability approach to improve remote interventions for adolescents. In E. Yuen & K. J. Ruggiero (co-Chairs), Developing high quality remote interventions for youth. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
  • Danielson, C. K., Adams, Z. W., McCauley, J., Lejuez, C. W., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2012, August). Drug use, distress tolerance, and risk-taking propensity among disaster-exposed adolescents: Findings from the Alabama/Joplin, Missouri Tornado Study. Poster presented at the 120th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Ruggiero, K. J., Stauffacher, K., Resnick, H. S., Wolitzky-Taylor, K., Tuerk, P. W., & Acierno, R. (2012, April).Web-based intervention for postdisaster mental health: Preliminary efficacy data. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Arlington, VA.
  • Welsh, K., Strachan, M., Rheingold, A., Foa, E., Acierno, R., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2011, November). PE-Web: Disseminating evidence based practice. Poster presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

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

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10/16/2013

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