Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Full Time Faculty
Peter Tuerk, Ph.D.
Dr. Tuerk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Director of Research Training for the APA-accredited MUSC/VA Psychology Internship Program Consortium. He is also an administrator and researcher at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center where he serves as Associate Director of the PTSD Clinical Team. Dr. Tuerk is a national trainer and consultant for the VA Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD dissemination effort and is a mentor for the VA Administrators of PTSD Clinics Mentorship Program. He serves as Co-Chair for the National Strategy Taskforce to promote evidence-based treatment for PTSD via telemental health. Dr. Tuerk is PI of a VA Career Development Award-II investigating the augmentation of exposure therapy with yohimbine and correlates of trait habituation. He is co-investigator on four NIMH and DoD-funded treatment outcome studies regarding PE for PTSD. He is founder and director of the Japan-US Evidence-Based Mental Health Response Initiative (JEMRI), a policy, research and treatment dissemination program created to promote evidence-based treatment for PTSD in the aftermath of the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in northern Japan. Dr. Tuerk was the 2010 recipient of the VA’s highest honor, the Olin E. Teague Award, for “extraordinary contributions to war-injured veterans.” He is a proud husband and father.
Clinical and/or Research Expertise
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Prolonged Exposure, PE, yohimbine, telemedicine