Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD
Dr. Ben Saunders is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. There he serves as the Associate Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and the Associate Director of the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center. Dr. Saunders received his PhD in clinical social work from the Florida State University in 1982; a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech in 1979; and a BA in religious studies from the University of South Florida in 1977.
He is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice in South Carolina. His research, training, and clinical interests include the initial and long-term impact of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of psychological trauma, violence, and abuse; treatment approaches for victimized and traumatized children and their families; the use of technology in mental health training and service delivery; and innovative methods for disseminating, implementing, and delivering evidence supported interventions in community service agencies.
His work has been funded by government and private agencies such as the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Justice, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the Duke Endowment, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2001 Dr. Saunders received the Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
In addition to his research and teaching activities, Dr. Saunders provides clinical supervision, case consultation, professional training, and program consultation concerning mental health treatment of victimized and traumatized children and their families, and is a frequent lecturer and trainer at national and international conferences.