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College of Nursing Faculty

Ron AciernoKen Ruggiero, PhD

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 160
Charleston, SC 29425-1600

Telephone: (843) 792-3687
Fax: (843) 792-2099


Ken Ruggiero, PhD, is Professor and Co-Director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL). He is also Associate Director of an HSR&D Center of Innovation at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Dr. Ruggiero received his BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his MA and PhD from West Virginia University. He completed his internship and NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Ruggiero’s research centers on the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions for traumatic stress populations. Most of his early research focused specifically on brief behavioral 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 and from VA Health Services Research and Development since 2007. Dr. Ruggiero also has served as a co-investigator on several grants funded by the Department of Defense, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Department of Homeland Security, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. He has over 120 scholarly publications and 150 presentations. He is a standing member of an NIMH review panel, and serves on four editorial boards: Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Psychological Injury and Law.