Rochelle Hanson, Ph.D.

Project BEST Co-Director


Rochelle F. Hanson, Ph.D. is a Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), with a dual appointment in the MUSC Department of Pediatrics.

She serves as Associate Director of Research and Director of the Family and Child Program at the NCVC. She is also Co-Director of Research for the Charleston Psychology Internship Consortium, and Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Division for the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center ( She has been extensively involved in research throughout her career and has served in leadership roles on numerous projects, with much of her work centered on the dissemination and implementation of trauma-focused evidence-based practices to expand reach to underserved populations.

Her research has been funded by federal agencies, such as National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as private foundations. Another area of research, program development, and clinical service provision involves a collaborative partnership with MUSC’s Division of Pediatrics, resulting in an integrated health care model to increase screening and referral and provide brief interventions for children who have experienced a potentially traumatic event and/or other behavioral health concerns.

Dr. Hanson is a certified national trainer, provider, and clinical supervisor in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an empirically supported mental health intervention for youth and families impacted by trauma exposure. She has an ongoing commitment to training and mentorship and has been recognized by the Charleston Psychology Internship Consortium with a Clinical Child Supervisory Excellence Award in 2016, 2008 and 2004 and the Outstanding Mentor award in 2018 and 2009. In 2010, Dr. Hanson received the MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in the Educator-Mentor: Clinical Professional Category.