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Rosaura Orengo Aguayo Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Traumatic Stress with a focus on 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 (English/Spanish) licensed Clinical Psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, MUSC. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Orengo-Aguayo completed her clinical internship and an NIMH T-32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina with a specialty in child and adult trauma research and intervention.

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 treatment dissemination methods and (2) the cultural adaptation and international dissemination of trauma-focused assessment and intervention. Dr. Orengo-Aguayo has expertise in training lay-providers and mental health professionals in trauma-focused interventions (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  She has a special interest in dissemination of evidence-based self-care strategies for professionals experiencing secondary traumatic-stress. Dr. Orengo-Aguayo currently serves as Co-Investigator on multiple projects in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and Latin America, focused on improving access to and completion of evidence-based trauma-focused treatment for Hispanic populations. Dr. Orengo-Aguayo has also been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Science Foundation (NSF), Ford Foundation, and the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Orengo-Aguayo is committed to providing excellent research and clinical training, mentorship, and supervision.