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Leadership Team
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Ken Ruggiero, PhD, is Professor and Co-Director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles at the Medical University of South Carolina. His work focuses mainly on developing free and widely available smartphone apps for people who are affected by disasters and other major life events. He also directs a resilience program for survivors of traumatic injury. He has led research conducted in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Ike, and 2011 spring tornadoes that struck Missouri and northern Alabama. His work is internationally known and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Homeland Security, and Veterans Administration.
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Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, is Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. His work focuses on the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide, and led groundbreaking work after the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Galea has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several foundations. He was named one of TIME magazine’s epidemiology innovators and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for the Social Sciences.
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Dean Kilpatrick, PhD, is Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research has focused on understanding how experiencing a traumatic event, including major disasters, can affect mental health. Dr. Kilpatrick currently serves as Chair of the National Center for PTSD Education Advisory Board and as a Subject Matter Expert and Manager of the Psychological Health Portfolio for the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center. He also serves as Director of the Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime.
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Ronald Acierno, PhD, is Associate Dean of Research at the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focuses on using technology to bring effective PTSD and depression treatment to communities, including those who are disaster-affected, or who might not otherwise be able to receive help. He led research in the aftermath of the 2004 Florida Hurricanes and Typhoon Xangsane in Vietnam. His work in internationally known, and has been funded by the Department of Defense, National Institute of Justice, Veterans Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.
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Merritt Schreiber, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Psychological Programs in the Center for Disaster Medicine, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He has developed several programs for disaster response, including the PsySTART Rapid Mental Health Triage and Incident Management System for use nationally with American Red Cross disaster mental health. Dr. Schreiber is currently the State Disaster Mental Health Advisor for ARC for Southern California.
Key Partnerships
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American Red Cross Founded in 1881, the mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. The Red Cross is the largest non-governmental disaster agency in the US and responds to over 70,000 small and large disasters yearly. Red Cross has a national disaster mental health network of approximately 5,000 licensed mental health volunteers who respond to events in their communities and nationally.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) was created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to public health emergencies and disasters. ASPR leads the National Disaster Medical System, which provides medical care via a network of hospitals and coordinating centers, and leads the At Risk, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience team which provides behavioral health services following a disaster.
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RIWI Corporation Real-time Interactive Worldwide Intelligence (RIWI) is a global survey technology, global messaging, and global predictive analytics firm. Their role on this project is to assist us in making sure that we are testing the app with a representative sample of adults who live in the areas hardest hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Their work has been featured in several high profile scientific sources. Data security and the anonymity of respondents are protected by RIWI’s process. RIWI prioritizes speed, accuracy, intuitiveness and respect for the random respondent. RIWI optimizes the survey to every device platform, ensuring a quality survey--‐taking experience on mobile, tablets, and desktop.
Funding
This work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (grant # R01 MH10741). The co-lead investigators on this project are Drs. Ruggiero and Galea.
Research and Content Development
Tatiana M. Davidson, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program (TRRP) and Co-Director of the Center for Telehealth Research and Outcomes Program at MUSC. She serves as Co-Investigator on several federally-funded research grants focused on the development, evaluation and implementation of mHealth technologies for providing best-practice mental health treatment to a wide range of traumatic stress populations, including disaster victims, child abuse victims, and first responders.
Tonya Hazelton, MS, is a Program Coordinator II. Ms. Hazelton is a member of the Technology Team. She serves as coordinator on several federally-funded research grants focused on the development, evaluation and implementation of mHealth technologies.
Brian E. Bunnell, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina. Brian's current research aims to develop new and innovative ways to use today's technology to improve the quality of mental health care, particularly for communities with limited access to these resources.
Arthur “Trey” Andrews, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Nebraska. His research evaluates strategies for reducing mental disparities, such as interprofessional service delivery and technological adjuncts to care.
Jennifer Dahne, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on using technology to develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for emotional disorders and for substance use disorders.
Meagan Camp, BA, is a Research Assistant and A Citadel College Graduate Clinical Counseling intern. Her program focuses on human development, psychopathology, and behavior change to psychosocial problems of a diverse population.
Clara Dismuke, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at MUSC with an academic focus on minority health issues, health economics, and international health.
Matthew Price, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. Dr. Price’s research focuses on creating innovative strategies to expand the reach of clinical care for victims of traumatic events and those suffering from anxiety disorders.
Gregory H. Cohen, MSW, a Statistical Analyst in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.
Shailesh ‎Tamraka, MS, is a Research Programmer in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.
Development Team
Sachin Patel, MSc, is a research instructor and the Director of TACHL Systems Architecture. Mr. Patel is the senior programmer and database administrator for TACHL. He has a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics, an MSc in Bioinformatics from Oxford University and has obtained professional certification in Oracle and Microsoft database administration.
Jonathan Tindall is a Senior Software Developer for TACHL. Mr. Tindall joined the TACHL center in October, 2015 and has a BA in Computer Science from the College of Charleston. He was the lead developer for Bounce Back Now, with particular emphasis on the iOS version of the app.
Andrew Matthews is a Systems Programmer I for the College of Nursing at MUSC. Andrew has a B.S. in Computer Science from Charleston Southern University obtained in 2012. He was the lead developer for the Android version of Bounce Back Now.
Jameson Burroughs is a software developer at TACHL who assisted in launching Bounce Back Now, with particular emphasis on the Android version of the app. Jameson holds a BS in Computer Science from the College of Charleston (2017).
Guilherme Costa graduated from the College of Charleston with a major in Computer Science in 2017. Guilherme joined the TACHL team as a Student Programmer Intern in 2017 and has had significant roles in development of the BBN website and various elements of the BBN app.
Diksha Patel has been a designer and illustrator for over 15 years. She works in both print and web. She has a Computer Science degree and certification in Graphics. Diksha designed our BBN logo.