PATS Planning Team

Rochelle F. Hanson, Ph.D.

PATS Program Director

Dr. Rochelle Hanson is a Professor and Director of Clinical Operations at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of abused and traumatized children and youth. Her research focuses on the prevalence and effects of trauma exposure as well as dissemination of evidence-based practices for trauma-exposed youth. Dr. Hanson received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University and completed an NIMH post-doctoral research fellowship in Sexual Assault Research at the NCVC. She has served as a co-investigator on several federally-funded projects investigating violence exposure among children and adolescents. She is currently the principal investigator on an NIMH-funded grant examining the best ways to transport empirically-supported trauma-focused treatments into community-based settings. Dr. Hanson is a former board member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She is the Co-Director of Project BEST, a state-wide initiative to ensure that all South Carolina children and their families, who are identified as having experienced abuse and resulting trauma, receive appropriate, empirically supported mental health assessment and psychosocial treatment services. Dr. Hanson maintains a clinical practice, providing treatment to children and adults.