National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Ken Ruggiero, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC
Research Interests: Access, Anxiety/Mood, Depression, Healthcare Informatics, PTSD, Rural Telehealth
Dr. Ken Ruggiero is Associate Director of the Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC) and a Research Health Scientist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He also is Professor and Co-Director of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Ruggiero served as Principal Investigator on two VA HSR&D grants. The first was a VA Merit Award to develop a web-based self-help intervention for OIF/OEF Veterans. The second VA Merit Award resulted in the development of PE-Web, a VA provider-training site in Prolonged Exposure (PE) treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Ruggiero is currently partnering with the National Center for PTSD to explore integrating PE-Web into VA-wide dissemination initiatives for PTSD. Dr. Ruggiero also is PI on two active NIH grants to develop and evaluate technology-based resources that aim to accelerate mental health recovery after traumatic events. Dr. Ruggiero has extensive experience mentoring predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. He have served as a formal mentor on NIAAA and NIMH T32 grants, two NIMH R25 grants, an NIMH minority fellowship supplement to my R0, NIH and VA career development awards, and two interprofessional fellowship awards. He also directs the career development core for our VA HSR&D-funded Health Disparities Center of Innovation. He received a Faculty Mentorship Excellence Award in 2005 and was a nominee for the 2012 inaugural Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award. Since he joined the MUSC faculty in the fall of 2003, he has served as primary mentor to 17 PhD/MD trainees and secondary mentor to 3 PhD/MD trainees. He has been very active in these mentorship roles: 60% of his publications since 2004 have been co-authored by one or more of his trainees, and his direct mentees have led over 50 of these publications.