Our Team

Our research and development team includes experts from the fields of clinical psychology, psychiatry, information technology and computer science, and public health from the Medical University of South Carolina, Boston University, and University of Nebraska.
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Ken Ruggiero, PhD

Professor and SmartState Endowed Chair of the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles at the Medical University of South Carolina

Ken Ruggiero, PhD, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is a Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he directs the Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles. His work focuses mainly on developing apps for health care providers and people who are affected by disasters and other major life events. Dr. Ruggiero led the team that developed the Bounce Back Now, and is leading its evaluation in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida.

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, is Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. His work focuses on the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide and led groundbreaking work after the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Galea has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several foundations. He was named one of TIME magazine’s epidemiology innovators and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for the Social Sciences.

Dean Kilpatrick, PhD

Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina

Dean Kilpatrick, PhD, is Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research has focused on understanding how experiencing a traumatic event, including major disasters, can affect mental health. Dr. Kilpatrick currently serves as Chair of the National Center for PTSD Education Advisory Board and as a Subject Matter Expert and Manager of the Psychological Health Portfolio for the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center. He also serves as Director of the Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Ronald Acierno, PhD

Associate Dean of Research at the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina

Ronald Acierno, PhD, is Associate Dean of Research at the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focuses on using technology to bring effective PTSD and depression treatment to communities, including those who are disaster-affected, or who might not otherwise be able to receive help. He led research in the aftermath of the 2004 Florida Hurricanes and Typhoon Xangsane in Vietnam. His work is internationally known and has been funded by the Department of Defense, National Institute of Justice, Veterans Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.

Merritt Schreiber, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Psychological Programs in the Center for Disaster Medicine, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Merritt Schreiber, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Psychological Programs in the Center for Disaster Medicine, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He has developed several programs for disaster response, including the PsySTART Rapid Mental Health Triage and Incident Management System for use nationally with American Red Cross disaster mental health. Dr. Schreiber is currently the State Disaster Mental Health Advisor for ARC for Southern California.

Tatiana M. Davidson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program (TRRP) and Co-Director of the Center for Telehealth Research and Outcomes Program at MUSC

Tatiana M. Davidson, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program (TRRP), and Co-Director of the Center for Telehealth Research and Outcomes Program at MUSC. She serves as Co-Investigator on several federally-funded research grants focused on the development, evaluation and implementation of mHealth technologies for providing best-practice mental health treatment to a wide range of traumatic stress populations, including disaster victims, child abuse victims, and first responders.

Yulia Gavrilova, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Faculty in the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina

Yulia Gavrilova, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Research Faculty in the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research has focused primarily on development, evaluation, and dissemination of culturally tailored, technology-enhanced mental health interventions and resources for vulnerable and clinically underserved populations. This includes first responders, survivors of traumatic injuries and burns, disaster survivors, athletes, and performers. She also serves as a clinician and program developer at the Burn/Trauma Resilience and Recovery Program and as a co-investigator on a federally-funded research grant focused on the development, evaluation, and implementation of mHealth technologies for providing best-practice mental health treatment to first responders.

Arthur Andrews, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Nebraska

Arthur “Trey” Andrews, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Nebraska. His research evaluates strategies for reducing mental disparities, such as interprofessional service delivery and technological adjuncts to care.

Sachin Patel, MSc

Chief Technology Officer and Director of Health Information Technology Solutions (HITS)

Sachin Patel, MSc, is a research instructor and the Director of Health Information Technology Solutions (HITS). HITS seeks to change the lives of patients through software development, digital health, mHealth, and telemedicine. Mr. Patel is the senior programmer and database administrator for HITS and oversaw the development efforts of Bounce Back Now.

Andrew Matthews

Software Engineer

Andrew Matthews is a Senior Developer for HITS, which he joined in 2020. Andrew has a B.S. in Computer Science from Charleston Southern University obtained in 2012. He was the lead developer for the Android version of Bounce Back Now.

Jameson Burroughs

Software Engineer

Jameson Burroughs is a Senior Developer for HITS, which he joined in 2018. Jameson has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of Charleston obtained in 2017. He was the lead developer for the BBN website and iOS version of the BBN app.

American Red Cross

Partnership

American Red Cross Founded in 1881, the mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. The Red Cross is the largest non-governmental disaster agency in the US and responds to over 70,000 small and large disasters yearly. Red Cross has a national disaster mental health network of approximately 5,000 licensed mental health volunteers who respond to events in their communities and nationally.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Partnership

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) was created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to public health emergencies and disasters. ASPR leads the National Disaster Medical System, which provides medical care via a network of hospitals and coordinating centers, and leads the At Risk, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience team which provides behavioral health services following a disaster.

Credits and Acknowledgements:

BBN was developed by experts at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Nebraska, and Boston University School of Public Health. Technical development of BBN was led by Health Information Technology Solutions. This work was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.