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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Carla Kmett Danielson, PhD


        Carla Kmett Danielson, PhD


Dr. Carla Kmett Danielson is an Associate Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. Dr. Danielson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2003. She completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program at MUSC, followed by a 2-year, NIMH-supported Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the NCVC. Broadly, Dr. Danielson’s research includes both translational and applied clinical research (treatment and prevention) to better understand the association among traumatic stress, psychopathology, and risky behaviors and to identify better ways of intervening to improve long term mental health outcomes for adolescents and emerging young adults.  In the area of treatment, her current program of research, initially funded through a NIDA K-23 award (K23DA018686) and NARSAD Young Investigator Award, involves the development and evaluation of Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT), an ecologically-based intervention targeting substance abuse, trauma-related psychopathology, and HIV-risk behaviors among adolescent sexual assault victims.  Dr. Danielson has recently received an R01 from NIDA (R01DA031285) to continue this line of research through the conduct of a larger scale randomized controlled trial of RRFT. In the area of prevention, Dr. Danielson is the PI and Program Director on the SAMHSA-funded EMPOWERR Program (1U79SP015156), which focuses on prevention of HIV and substance abuse among local African American adolescents. As an extension of the HIV prevention work she has done with the EMPOWERR Program, she is currently investigating web-based approaches to bringing evidence-based HIV prevention curriculum to African American teen girls.  Dr. Danielson’s program of translational research focuses on factors and mechanisms underlying the etiology of PTSD and addiction among trauma exposed young people. Specifically, she serves as PI on an NIAAA-funded Alcohol Research Center Clinical Research Component (P50 AA010761; Center PI: Becker), which is a 5-year lab-based study, examining the relation between acute stress and drinking behavior in trauma and non-trauma exposed emerging young adults, as well as an NIMH-funded study (R21MH086313) focusing on the identification of mechanisms underlying the development of PTSD, substance abuse, and other high risk behaviors among disaster-exposed teens.   Finally, Dr. Danielson is actively involved in the training of future researchers, mentoring promising predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows training at the NCVC and serving as Co-Training Director on an NIMH-funded T32 grant (T32MH18869; PI: Kilpatrick). She has published more than 60 papers on issues related to high risk adolescents, addiction, and mental health and been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her work in the aforementioned areas, such as the APA (Division 37, Child Maltreatment Section) Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice (2008),  an Early Career Investigator Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (2005), as well as the MUSC Foundation Developing Scholar Award in 2009. Dr. Danielson provides service to the scientific community as a standing committee member of the NIH Center for Scientific Review Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention (PDRP) Study Section and as a member of the Editorial Board for the APA Journal Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Describe the need for integrated approaches for treatment of trauma-related psychopathology and substance use problems 
     among adolescents who have experienced interpersonal violence.
2.  I
dentify treatment informing theories linking traumatic stress, trauma-related psychopathology, and substance use problems
     among adolescents.
Describe a promising risk reduction and treatment model for use with sexually assaulted adolescents and its feasibility and
     efficacy support to date.


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