Biography

Dr. Ron Acierno is a professor and vice chair of Veterans Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also serves as the Executive Director of the UTHealth Trauma and Resilience Center (TRC). Dr. Acierno has two related but distinct research foci: epidemiological studies of elder mistreatment and treatment outcome studies, focusing on victims of trauma, disaster, combat or loss. He has served as Principal Investigator on grants from NIA, NIMH, NIJ, the Department of Defense, The Department of Veterans Affairs, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the Archstone Foundation, and the Retirement Research Foundation. Thus Dr. Acierno mixes epidemiological research with treatment outcome research, and keeps close to the clinical world as a clinician-administrator for treatment programs serving both civilian and military traumatized populations. Dr. Acierno has also been recognized for his personal investment in the mentoring of others, with over 20 current faculty researchers across the country having worked alongside him in his lab over the years. Dr. Acierno has over 150 published articles and 30 book chapters, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals. In addition, he is a member of several grant review committees for the VA, NIH, and DoD. Finally, he has worked on special expert panels in the areas of elder abuse for the CDC, the WHO, and the NIJ.

Education

Doctoral Degree
Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 1996
Master's Degree
Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, 1993

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Depression
Elder Abuse


Research Interests

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Depression
Elder Abuse