Peter Tuerk, PhD

Director
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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