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Rosaura Orengo Aguayo PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Traumatic Stress and Hispanic populations / Mental Health Disparities
  • Dissemination and Implementation
  • Global Mental Health
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Dr. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo is an assistant professor and bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed clinical psychologist (SC Lic #1474) at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Orengo-Aguayo’s research focuses on: (1) addressing mental health disparities among underserved, trauma-exposed youth and adults (with a specific focus on Hispanic populations) through innovative implementation and dissemination methods including telehealth and (2) the cultural and linguistic adaptation and global dissemination of trauma-focused assessment and intervention. 

Dr. Orengo-Aguayo directs the Puerto Rico Outreach Model in Schools- Esperanza (PROMISE), a SAMHSA-funded program aimed bolstering resiliency and promoting psychological recovery among Puerto Rican children and adolescents after the devastation of hurricane Maria. She also co-directed the Supporting Trauma Treatment and Resiliency Services-El Salvador (STTARS) project, a USAID-funded program aimed at creating trauma-informed systems and services for children in El Salvador. She is also the Co-Director and clinical supervisor of the Community Outreach Program - Esperanza (COPE) and the Hispanic Outreach Program - Esperanza (HOPE). 

Dr. Orengo-Aguayo has expertise in trauma-focused interventions for children and adults (TF-CBT, PE) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has a special interest in dissemination of evidence-based self-care strategies for professionals experiencing secondary traumatic-stress, as well as in reducing barriers in access to mental health care for those with limited English proficiency (LEP). She is committed to providing excellent training, mentorship, and supervision, as well as changing the world, one child at a time. #worldchangers