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Rosaura Orengo Aguayo PhD

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  • Associate 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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Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, PhD,  is an Associate Professor and bilingual Clinical Psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Her research focuses on addressing mental health disparities among underserved populations (specifically Hispanic youth) through innovative implementation and dissemination methods, including telehealth. She also has an active program of research focused on the cultural adaptation and international dissemination of trauma-focused assessment and intervention. She directs the Puerto Rico Outreach Model in Schools- Esperanza (PROMISE), a SAMHSA-funded program aimed bolstering resiliency and promoting psychological recovery among Puerto Rican youth after hurricane Maria. She is the Co-PI on a recently funded SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network Category 2 grant aimed at training providers in the delivery of trauma focused services via telehealth in Puerto Rico and underserved areas of the US. She co-directed a USAID-funded program aimed at creating trauma-informed systems and services for children in El Salvador.

 Dr. Orengo-Aguayo has expertise in trauma-focused interventions for children and adults (TF-CBT, PE) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is also a Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) trainer (Spanish and English). 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

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