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Heidi S Resnick Ph.D.

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  • Professor Emerita
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Coping after exposure to crime or other traumatic events
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


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Dr. Resnick received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indiana in 1987, and she is presently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as a leading investigator at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. For the past 18 years, Dr. Resnick has been conducting research, teaching, and performing clinical activities related to PTSD and other adaptations following exposure to potentially traumatic events, including crime and disaster. She has developed early intervention strategies that may prevent the development of PTSD and other psychopathology following a traumatic event. She has published more than 90 articles and book chapters related to the prevalence and impact of exposure to traumatic events, as well as approaches to interventions with PTSD and other mental health problems. She has conducted a randomized controlled trial of a brief intervention used with adult and older adolescent rape victims in the emergency hospital setting that is designed to prepare women and girls for the procedures they will go through during the medical rape exam, and that provides instruction in adaptive coping strategies following rape. She is collaborating now with colleagues at the NCVC to develop similar materials that may facilitate coping for younger children and parents who are preparing for non-acute post-sexual assault medical care services. She has also collaborated with colleagues at the New York Academy of Medicine on a series of studies assessing reactions over time following the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This work has involved the development and piloting of a web-based psychoeducational intervention that may be useful in the aftermath of disasters.