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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


     Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

Dean G. Kilpatrick, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  He has been involved in the crime victims’ rights field since 1974 when he became a founding member of People Against Rape, a Charleston-based rape crisis center.  Hi primary research interests include measuring the prevalence of rape, other violent crimes, disasters and other types of potentially traumatic events as well as assessing the mental health impact of such events.  Dr. Kilpatrick and his colleagues at the NCVC have conducted three extramurally funded studies investigating these topics using national household probability samples of adults and adolescents.  His research has been funded by a variety of federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Justice.  He has over 160 peer reviewed publications, over 65 book chapters and monographs and over 450 presentations at scientific and professional meetings.  Dr. Kilpatrick was a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Statistics regarding the changes in measurement of sexual assault in the National Crime Victim Survey.  He has provided invited testimony on the topics of rape and sexual harassment to committees of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.  In 1990 President George Bush presented Dr. Kilpatrick with the President’s Award for Outstanding Service for Victims of Crime, the nation’s highest award in the crime victim’s field.  He is Past-President of the South Carolina Psychological Association and the former Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress.  In 2002 he was awarded the Career Achievement Award from the Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises of the Division of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association.  Recently (2007) he was awarded the Allied Profession Award for promoting crime victim’s rights, services, and needs in the mental health field by the Congressional Crime Victim’s Rights Caucus.  In November 2008, he will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.
       At the completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
       1) List major research findings regarding risk and protective factors for PTSD
    and other mental disorders following disaster and terrorists attacks.
2) Identify three things mental health professionals can do to address the mental
    health needs of communities following disasters and terrorists attacks.

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