Dean G. Kilpatrick, PhD

Dean Kilpatrick

Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC


Dean G. Kilpatrick, PhD. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where he serves as the Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) and the Director of the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC). His 45-year professional career as a researcher, clinician, and educator, is notable for his extraordinary lifetime achievements at the national and state levels.

Dr. Kilpatrick has been dedicated to conducting research to better understand the problems and needs of crime victims and others exposed to traumatic events, to evaluate what works and what doesn’t work, and to use this information to improve victim and mental health services through training and public policy. His research focuses on three broad areas: 1) understanding the mental health impact of exposure to trauma including crime (e.g., homicide, terrorism, and large-scale mass violence incidents), child maltreatment, military combat, and natural disasters; 2) studying the implementation of victim rights and services and how those relate to victim well-being and satisfaction; and 3) reducing the impact of trauma on mental health. His work is considered groundbreaking in nature by his professional colleagues and has served as the foundation of numerous policy changes to improve clinical services and educational approaches related to crime victims and those who have experienced other traumatic events.