PTSD, Trauma and Abuse



Diagnosis and Treatment of Military-Related PTSD: Differential Diagnosis, Clinical Tools, and Effective Care

Thursday, October 25
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Tangerine WF4

The sheer scale of military deployments in service of the recent wars and the concomitant risk for mental health issues and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) raise public health concerns and needs that transcend the capacities of current mental health infrastructures. Clinicians working in settings other than the US Department of Defense or US Department of Veterans Affairs should ensure their readiness to provide services for military-related PTSD. Posttraumatic stress disorder also continues to be not well-understood or misrepresented by our culture, the media, and by many in the medical and behavioral professions. This session will present tangibly relevant tools, information, education, and context for clinicians identifying and treating military-related PTSD.

Peter Tuerk, PhD

Sheila Johnson Center for Human Services
Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

Peter W. Tuerk, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatments, training, and research related to PTSD services. He 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. Dr. Tuerk serves as Section Chief of the PTSD Clinical and Telehealth programs at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, a nationally recognized clinic expanding the delivery of evidence-based care locally and to associated facilities in adjacent states via telehealth technologies. He conducts research and clinical trials focused on the augmentation of evidence-based treatments, serving as Principal Investigator on VA, DoD, and NIH research awards. Dr. Tuerk also serves as a PTSD clinical trainer in national VA initiatives, as well as in DoD, community health, and post-disaster settings. He chaired the National Strategy Taskforce for Evidence Based PTSD Telehealth, helping to layout the ground work and vision for telehealth hubs in the VA, and he serves as editor of Springer International’s Behavioral Telehealth Series. He has served as a mental health consultant internationally on Japanese and Australian government funded projects and was recently named a Top 100 producer in the U.S. Purpose Economy for scientific and clinical contributions. Dr. Tuerk is the recipient of VA’s highest honor, the Olin E. Teague Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in the Rehabilitation of War-Injured Veterans.


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Mark Hamner, MD

Medical Director, PTSD Clinical Team
Medical Universtiy of South Carolina; Charleston VA Medical Center
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Mark Hamner, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. He is also Medical Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team at the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. Dr. Hamner received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, where he also completed his internship and residency in the Department of Psychiatry. He is board certified in Psychiatry with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association (Fellow status), American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, and others. He has a keen interest in the ethics of clinical care and research as reflected by his longstanding service on institutional review boards including his current role as Chair of IRB1 at MUSC. Dr. Hamner’s clinical and research interests include treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, and schizophrenia, geriatric psychiatry, neurobiology of PTSD, phenomenology of co-morbidities in PTSD, and neuroendocrinology. He has lectured extensively on various topics in clinical psychiatry and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, research abstracts, and book and encyclopedia chapters. In addition, he has been the recipient of approximately 80 clinical trial or basic clinical science grants. He has received a number of medical student and psychiatry resident teaching awards. He maintains a busy and rewarding clinical practice.


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