Peter Tuerk, MA, Ph.D., an investigator with the VA HSR&D Center for Disease Prevention and Health Interventions for Diverse Populations, in Charleston, SC has been named the winner of the 30th annual Olin E. Teague Award. The award recognizes the VA employee or employee team whose achievements have been extraordinarily beneficial to the rehabilitation of war-injured Veterans.
Dr. Tuerk, who is also a clinical psychologist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, was the first clinician in the country to offer evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) via telehealth technology. In addition, Tuerk's publications demonstrate that Veterans with PTSD can recover with effective in-home exposure therapy treatment. Tuerk volunteers his time as a national and regional PTSD mentor, working to introduce evidence-based PTSD treatments.The Teague award is named after Olin E. Teague, a disabled veteran of World War II who championed Veterans' programs during his long Congressional career in which he served as chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Dr. Tuerk was presented with Teague Award at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, on October 20, 2010.