Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Full Time Faculty
Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, National Crime Victims Center
Vice Chair for Research, Psychiatry
For the past 19 years, Dr. Kilpatrick has been involved in the crime victims' rights movement, having served as a founding member of South Carolina's first rape crisis center in 1974 and of the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network in 1984. He was appointed by Governor Richard Riley in 1984 to the Crime Victims Advisory Board and reappointed by Governor Carroll Campbell to a second term in 1991. Dr. Kilpatrick and his colleagues have received several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Justice, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse supporting their research on the scope of violent crime and its psychological impact on victims. His work has been published in scientific and professional journals, and he has made presentations to numerous state, national, and international groups. In 1985 he was given the National Organization of Victim Assistance Stephen Schafer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Victims Research. Dr. Kilpatrick serves as the Chairperson of the National Victims Center's Research Advisory Committee. In 1990, President George Bush presented Dr. Kilpatrick with the US Justice Department Award for Outstanding Contributions on Behalf of Victims of Crime. Dr. Kilpatrick has testified about crime victim issues at hearings held by the South Carolina General Assembly, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate.
Clinical and/or Research Expertise
Traumatic stress, sexual assault, disasters, PTSD, and related disorders; Measuring the scope and mental health impact of potentially traumatic events including violent crime, terrorism, and natural disasters.