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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


     Ron Acierno, PhD


Dr. Acierno  is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where he is Director of the Older Adult Crime Victims Clinic and the Director of the PTSD Clinical Team at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.  In addition to his clinical work with older adult crime victims and younger Veterans, Dr. Acierno has two related but distinct research foci: epidemiological  studies of elder mistreatment and treatment outcome studies with victims of trauma or loss.  He is currently PI on a National Institute of Justice grant to study Elder Mistreatment, PI on a Department of Defense grant to study a preventive intervention for PTSD for active duty service personnel and veterans, PI on two National Institute of Aging grants to study Elder Mistreatment subtypes in South Carolina and a new treatment for Complicated bereavement, and PI on a State of South Carolina grant from the Department of Public Safety to train medical students to assess and intervene in cases of interpersonal violence.  He is also Co-I on three additional grants, two of which are treatment outcome projects including a VA HSR&D funded project on Telemedicine (IIR-04-421-3). Thus Dr. Acierno thus mixes epidemiological research with treatment outcome research, and keeps close to the clinical world as a clinician-administrator for treatment programs serving both civilian and military traumatized populations.

       At the completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
       1) Recognize resilience of older adults secondary to disaster in terms of specific diagnostic
2) State prevalence of mistreatment against older adults in terms of the general mistreatment  
3) Discuss one potentially effective intervention for post-traumatic event or post-loss exposure.

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