Peter W. Tuerk is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. He is Director of Research Training for the MUSC/VA APA –accredited Clinical Psychology Internship Program (PIP) and Associate Director of the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC.
Dr. Tuerk received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia after having traveled extensively, living and volunteering in South America and India, as well as providing counseling services and clinical supervision for adjudicated youth hiking the Appalachian Trail in a structured therapeutic program. Currently, he is one of the 12 nationally certified trainers of Prolonged Exposure therapy for PTSD within the VA and conducts treatment outcomes research in behavioral interventions for PTSD. He is a past recipient of two Institute for Education Sciences (IES) research fellowships, is currently a SCTR K-12 award scholar, and has recently been awarded a five-year VA Career Development Award-2. He is a past recipient of MUSC's Outstanding Dedication to Training Award, the Scientist-Practitioner Award, and the Laura Griffin Humanitarian Award. Dr. Tuerk has also been recognized for his work with veterans. His work in providing evidence-based exposure therapy via telehealth technology was identified by the national VA SOARS team as meriting recognition and imitation throughout the VA system. Dr. Tuerk received the Southeast Network Commitment to Excellence Award, and was recently nominated to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the prestigious Olin E. Teague Award.