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Rochelle F Hanson PhD

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  • Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Dissemination and implementation of evidenced-based practices
  • Traumatic stress
  • Assessment and treatment of trauma and trauma-related symptoms
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Dr. Rochelle Hanson is a Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Department of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as Director of the NCVC Family and Child Program. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma among children, adolescents and adults. Her area of research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of trauma-focused, evidence-based interventions. She is also interested in examining feasible, pragmatic and efficient ways to assess provider fidelity to evidence-based interventions, particularly as these relate to sustainability of implementation efforts in community practice settings. She has served as PI/Co-I on several related research and services grants funded by NIMH, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC),the Substance Abuse Mental Health and Services Administration, and the Duke Endowment. She recently completed an NIMH-funded grant to test the effectiveness of learning collaboratives as a way to build and strengthen interprofessional relationships to sustain evidence-based mental health treatment services. Dr. Hanson currently serves as a Co-Investigator and Co-Director for the Training and Technical Division of the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center, funded by OVC and Department of Justice. She also is the Project Director for a VOCA funded grant that provides behavioral health services to crime victims seen in the pediatric primary care clinics at MUSC. Dr. Hanson is the Co-Director of Project BEST, a statewide initiative, funded by the Duke Endowment, whose goals are to ensure that abused/traumatized children in South Carolina receive appropriate, empirically supported mental health assessment and psychosocial treatment services. Dr. Hanson is a national trainer and certified therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She conducts trainings in TF-CBT within and outside of the United States. Throughout her career, she has been extensively involved in supervision and mentoring activities for psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. She was the 2010 recipient of the MUSC Teaching Excellence award as an Educator-Mentor, reflecting her commitment to teaching, educating, and mentoring young professionals as a top priority throughout her career. In 2014, she completed a two year fellowship with the NIMH Implementation Research Institute (IRI) in affiliation with the Center for Mental Health Services Research, at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, at Washington University.