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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), as well as Director of the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program. 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, web-based self-help interventions for individuals affected by traumatic events. Over time, this work evolved into the use and evaluation of wholly technology based stepped care approaches for victims of disaster and serious injury. He is PI on an active NIH grant (through 2020) to conduct a randomized controlled trial of a stepped-care smartphone-based intervention for disaster survivors in partnership with the American Red Cross; as well as Co-PI on an active Duke Endowment grant (through 2020) to adapt and implement the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program in three partnering trauma centers across South Carolina. 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. He is PI on an active R01 (through 2021) to conduct a randomized controlled trial examining tablet-facilitated vs. standard evidence-based treatment with 120 providers and 360 families. Dr. Ruggiero has had continuous extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2001. He has led as PI five 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 160 scholarly publications and 200 presentations, a high percentage of which were led by former interns, postdocs, and junior faculty members whom he has mentored. He was recently awarded the inaugural 2017 MUSC Population Health Award. 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.