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Faculty & Staff

MHDDP

Michael de Arellano

Michael de Arellano, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, College of Medicine
Director of Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
Professor, College of Medicine
dearelma@musc.edu

Dr. Michael de Arellano is the the founding director of the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program at MUSC. He serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity within the College of Medicine and is also the Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center's Hispanic Outreach Program.

Regan Stewart

Regan Stewart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
stewartr@musc.edu 

Dr. Stewart is an Assistant Professor and bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program and is also the Director of the Telehealth Outreach Program (TOP). Her clinical and research interests center on addressing mental health disparities for underserved trauma-exposed youth (e.g., ethnic/racial minority, economically disadvantaged, rural/urban), particularly through the use of innovative service-delivery models, including community-based and telehealth technology. Additionally, Dr. Stewart currently serves as Co-Investigator on multiple projects in the U.S. and in Latin America focused on improving access to and completion of evidence-based trauma-focused treatment for Latino/a populations.

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Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
orengoaa@musc.edu

Dr. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo is an Assistant Professor and bilingual licensed Clinical Psychologist 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 treatment dissemination methods and (2) the cultural adaptation and international 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-directs the Supporting Trauma Treatment and Resiliency Services (STTARS) project, a USAID-funded program aimed at creating trauma-informed systems and services for children in El Salvador. She is the co-director and clinical supervisor of the Community Outreach Program - Esperanza (COPE) and the Hispanic Outreach Program - Esperanza (HOPE). 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 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 and is committed to providing excellent research and clinical training, mentorship, and supervision.

Chanita Hughes-Halbert

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Medicine
Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
hughesha@musc.edu

Dr. Hughes-Halbert is a nationally recognized expert in cancer prevention and control among diverse populations and her research is supported by numerous grants from the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Dr. Hughes-Halbert is also PI of an academic-community partnership funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to develop community-based interventions to improve health outcomes in African Americans. The results of Dr. Hughes-Halbert’s research have been published in influential journals in the fields of cancer prevention, clinical oncology, medicine, genetics, and public health. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors at the National Cancer Institute. 

Alyssa Rheingold

Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Medicine
Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
rheingaa@musc.edu

Dr. Rheingold is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the Director of Clinical Operations at the NCVC and Co-Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program and has an appointment within the Mental Health Disparities and Diversities Program. She completed her undergraduate coursework in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude and with Honors in Psychology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University (currently known as Drexel University). Dr. Rheingold completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the NCVC, Medical University of South Carolina. Her expertise includes evidence-based treatment of trauma related mental health issues, child sexual abuse prevention, anxiety disorders and traumatic grief. Dr. Rheingold is the PI of several federally funded service grants to improve resources for survivors of homicide and underserved victims of victims.  She is also the Co-PI on an OVC AEAP grant to provide ongoing resiliency and recovery services for those impacted by the Charleston Emanuel AME Church shooting, is the PI on an OVC funded grant to develop community response to intra-familial homicide as well as Co-PI on an NIH grant developing and evaluating screening and brief interventions for domestic violence victims within primary care settings. Dr. Rheingold has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the area of trauma and victimization. She has provided a number of clinician and victim-related trainings including Loss by Homicide, Traumatic Grief, Impact of Witnessing Domestic Violence, Stress Management, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

Cristina Lopez

Cristina López, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, College of Medicine and College of Nursing
Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
lopezcm@musc.edu

Dr. Cristina M. López is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston Consortium), followed by an Instructor position with Family Services Research Center (FSRC) from 2012-2013.  She is a member of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos, Latinos, and Native Americans in Science.

Dr. López’s research interests include identification of barriers to treatment engagement in mental health services, the use of culturally tailored interventions as a means of engaging specific high-risk ethnic groups in prevention and behavioral health services (e.g., HIV prevention, prevention of child maltreatment), increasing visibility and access of trauma related services to Latino and other underserved populations (e.g. Telemedicine), and assessment of provider-level factors that affect youth and family involvement in outpatient community-based therapy. In addition to her role as a researcher, Dr. López is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as a clinical supervisor for pre-doctoral psychology interns at a school-based MUSC mental health clinic at Stall High School in North Charleston. Dr. López also holds leadership positions through CON Diversity and Inclusion Officer as well as the Assistant Director for the University's Office of Gender Equity. She also sits on several committees that address recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented ethnic minorities in academia. Dr. López has been honored as a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Scholar and serves as Associate Editor for the Clinician’s Research Digest, a publication distributed monthly by the American Psychological Association. 

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Angela Moreland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine

moreland@musc.edu

Angela Moreland, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Moreland’s research interests focus on prevention, treatment, and consequences of interpersonal violence among disadvantaged populations. She recently completed a NIDA K12 on addressing risk factors and consequences related to opioid use among women, with particular emphasis on trauma exposure and parenting stress among opioid-using parents. Dr. Moreland serves as a core member of South Carolina’s 21st Cures Initiative to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorder in South Carolina. Dr. Moreland serves as the Director of the Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center, an OVC-funded initiate to evaluate previous response to mass violence incidences, as well as develop effective response for future mass violence events.  In addition to research productivity, Dr. Moreland sought out ways to become involved in health disparities research and is involved with the MUSC Center for Diversity and Mental Health Disparities Program, where she actively promotes the inclusion of health disparities in research, teaching, and practice. She also serves on the ARROW Diversity and Ethnic Relations Committee, which focuses on the advancement of minority women faculty across all mission and colleges of MUSC. She was awarded the NIH Loan Repayment Program Health Disparities Grant (2010-2012) and renewal (2012-2014), which focused on prevention of child maltreatment related to mental health disparities. Finally, she recently established a local chapter of the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and serves as the chapter president. 

Bianca Villalobos

Bianca T. Villalobos, Ph.D.

Chief Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Medicine
Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
villalbi@musc.edu

Dr. Villalobos is a postdoctoral fellow in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program of the Medical University of South Carolina. She provides trauma-focused evidence-based interventions via telemental health and outreach services to underserved children and their families. Her overarching interest in research has been to understand help seeking within a cultural framework with the goal of reducing health disparities for the Latinx population. Her clinical interests include cultural modification of interventions to increase client engagement and addressing structural barriers that prevent many from accessing traditional mental health services. Dr. Villalobos has worked with Drs. Stewart and Orengo-Aguayo on several international projects aimed at increasing access to trauma-focused treatment in Honduras, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico. 

Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez

Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Medicine
Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program
hernanju@musc.edu

Dr. Hernandez Rodriguez is a postdoctoral fellow in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program of the Medical University of South Carolina. He provides trauma-focused evidence-based interventions via telemental health and outreach services to underserved children and families across the state of South Carolina. His clinical and research interests focus on building, evaluating, and disseminating community-based evidence-based prevention and treatment programs that target problem behaviors and increase resiliency among at-risk, undeserved youth. Dr. Hernandez Rodriguez has worked with Drs. Stewart and Orengo-Aguayo on 1) South Carolina-based projects aimed at improving access to trauma-informed care and 2) International projects aimed at training clinical psychologists in trauma-informed interventions and evaluating the dissemination of culturally-informed trauma-focused interventions in schools and community agencies.

Katherine Satizabal-Parra Teefey

Katherine Satizabal-Parra Teefey, MA

Program Coordinator TF-CBT El Salvador, College of Medicine
Program Coordinator for the Hispanic Outreach Program Esperanza (HOPE), College of Medicine
teefey@musc.edu

Katherine Satizabal-Parra Teefey is a Program Coordinator at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Katherine completed her undergraduate studies at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, South America, and received a Master of Arts in Psychology with emphasis in Culture, Health, and Human Development from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Katherine’s research interests focus on the intersections between culture and mental health in the Latin American population that have been exposed to trauma and violence, and on the improvement and development of mental health programs for minorities and underserved populations. Katherine is the coordinator for Supporting Trauma Treatment and Resiliency Services (STTARS) in El Salvador under the division of the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program in MUSC, works as a direct service provider for Hispanics victims of crime in the Charleston, SC area, and implements program evaluation to improve services and programs at the NCVC.