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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Jeffrey Cluver MD, Edward Kantor, MD, DFAPA, and Dean G. Kilpatrick, PhD


       Jeffrey Cluver MD, Edward Kantor, MD, DFAPA, and Dean G. Kilpatrick, PhD


Edward M. Kantor, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Ed Kantor is an Associate Professor and the Residency Director for Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Distinguished Fellow in the APA.  He also serves as the Interim Co-Director for the combined training program in Medicine and Psychiatry.   He is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine through the ABPN and holds interprofessional certification in Traumatic Stress and Emergency Crisis Response through the AAETS.   Dr. Kantor completed his premedical training at the University of Pennsylvania, and returned to medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia (now Drexel University) in 1991 after working 8 years as a Physician Assistant  (PA-C) in Crisis and Emergency Psychiatry.  He currently serves as the Chair for Disaster Psychiatry for the South Carolina Psychiatric Society and is a member of the GAP Committee on “Disasters and the World,” where he was a co-author of the book Disaster Psychiatry, Readiness, Evaluation and Treatment (APPI 2012) and Hidden Impact, what to know before the next disaster. (2010).   Clinically his work at MUSC is focused in emergency and consult-liaison psychiatry.  He supervises residents in the training clinic and serves as a psychiatric consultant for the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) here at MUSC.   

Dr. Kantor is a recipient of the Bruno Lima Award for Service in Disaster Mental Health by the APA based on his work following 9/11, the serial sniper and the Virginia Tech shootings.  For the last few years he has served as a consultant to the APA Committee on the Dimensions of Disaster.   He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Educators at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Kantor also served as the Disaster Chair for the Psychiatric Society of Virginia from 2002 to 2008 and was appointed to the Governor of Virginia’s Terrorism and Disaster Behavioral Health Advisory Council and represented psychiatry on the Secure Virginia Initiative after 9/11.  These committees advised the administration on Mental Health services, education and policy related to disaster response.  In 2005 he was selected to serve to serve on the Access Task Force on the Commission for Mental Health Law Reform of the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.   He was awarded a HHS demonstration grant, building a volunteer disaster medical response program, which became the first student led Medical Reserve Corps in 2003.   He served on the project’s National Disaster Mental Health task force, which helped define the mental health training and response for the project and co-authored a Medical Reserve Corps version of “Psychological First Aid”, in collaboration with the NCTSN and NCPTSD.

Before coming to Charleston, was the Residency Director at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, where he was active clinically and administratively in community mental health, disaster and emergency response.  There he was the first medical director of a joint university-community Crisis Stabilization program, and a helped to found the regional police mental health training collaborative.  Clinically, he served as the Director of Consult-Liaison, Emergency and Community Psychiatry division from 2003 to 2008 and held faculty appointments in psychiatry and emergency medicine.   Beginning in 2001 he held a three-year appointment as the Governor’s Faculty Fellow in Public and Community Psychiatry, jointly sponsored by the Office of the Governor and the Inspector General for Mental Health in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

Prior to medical school, as an Instructor in Community Medicine at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, he developed and coordinated the Emergency Medicine Course and the Psychiatry Rotation for Physician Assistant Students.  He was the first Psychiatric Physician Assistant at Montgomery County Emergency Services, a model Crisis Psychiatric Emergency Service program in Norristown, PA and served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1985 to 1997.

Dean G. Kilpatrick, PhD

Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. is a Distinguished University Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina who has achieved international recognition for his work in the area of traumatic stress with particular emphasis on victims of sexual assault, other violent crimes, disasters, and terrorism.  He and his colleagues at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center have conducted several extramurally-funded national studies of exposure to potentially traumatic events   among U.S. adolescents and adults with particular emphasis on how such events increase risk of PTSD and related disorders.  Kilpatrick has received several national awards for his work including the 1990 President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Victims of Crime, the 2007 U.S. Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus Allied Professional Award for Promoting Crime Victims’ Rights, Services and Needs in the Mental Health Field, the 2007 American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, and the 2008 International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. Kilpatrick is a Past President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.  He is Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and serves as the Vice-Chair for Research and Research Administration within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  He has provided invited testimony to several committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate about a variety of trauma-related issues.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Traumatic Stress from 1997-2005 and has served on two Institute of Medicine Committees of the National Academy of Sciences.  He also served on the CDC Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements panels in 2002 and 2010.  He has authored over 200 peer reviewed publications in the scientific literature as well as numerous other book chapters and technical reports. 

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

1.  Describe the major changes made to DSM 5.
2.  Understand the external factors that will affect practical integration.
3.  Access available DSM learning resources.
4.  Describe major changes in DSM-5 PTSD diagnosis.
5.  Identify major reasons for meeting PTSD diagnostic criteria in DSM-5 but not DSM for and vice versa.
6.  Understand the impact of changes in the PTSD diagnosis on PTSD prevalence.


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