Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Full Time Faculty
Kenneth J. Ruggiero, Ph.D.
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
(843) 792-3687 phone
(843) 792-3388 fax
Dr. Ruggiero, an Associate Professor at MUSC's National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, received his B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and M.A. and Ph.D. from West Virginia University. He is principal investigator on four ongoing federally funded grants. One is an R01 award funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and evaluate Bounce Back Now, a Web-based Intervention for disaster-affected adolescents and families using a randomized controlled trial design. Another is a Merit grant through VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) to develop self-help online mental health resources for Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans. He also leads a VA Merit grant through HSR&D to develop and evaluate a VA Web-based provider-training protocol in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. The fourth grant is funded by the Department of Homeland Security to develop an online training protocol for mental health providers who deliver services to firefighters and first responders. Dr. Ruggiero also is a co-investigator on several ongoing grants funded by the Department of Defense, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. These grants address several areas, including: (a) epidemiology of violence exposure and post-disaster mental health, (b) development and evaluation of self-administered resources for at-risk youth (c) efficacy evaluations of behavioral interventions delivered via in-person vs. telepsychology formats, and (d) dissemination and transport of evidence-based interventions for youth exposed to violence.
Clinical and/or Research Expertise
Disaster mental health, PTSD, Violence, Internet interventions