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Peter Tuerk, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral  Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina; Director, PTSD Clinical and Telehealth Team, Charleston, VA Medical Center

Peter Tuerk, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), associated research and training, and the integration of technology into clinical care. Dr. Tuerk earned his doctorate at the University of Virginia and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He serves as Section Chief of the PTSD Clinical and Telehealth Teams at the Charleston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a nationally recognized program for expanding access to evidence-based PTSD care via clinical training, telehealth service development, and proactive ongoing program evaluation. Dr. Tuerk has served as a Primary Investigator on Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Institutes of Health research awards, focusing on improving evidence-based behavioral care in standard treatment settings. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and government reports related to mental health care delivery. He chaired the VA National Strategy Taskforce for PTSD Telehealth and is editor of Springer’s Behavioral Telehealth Series. He serves as a PTSD clinical trainer for the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Defense and private industry, and as a mental health policy consultant for government agencies in Japan and Australia. Dr. Tuerk was named a Top 100 producer in the U.S. Purpose Economy for scientific and clinical contributions and is the recipient of the VA’s top career honor, the Olin E. Teague Award, for achievement in the rehabilitation of war-injured veterans. He is a lover of musical instruments and a proud husband and father.