Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD
Project Director

Dr. Ben Saunders is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. There he serves as Director of the Family and Child Program of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center.

Dr. Saunders received his Ph.D. in clinical social work from Florida State University, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. He also holds a masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech. Dr. Saunders’ research, training, and clinical interests include the initial and long term impact of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of trauma, violence, and abuse; treatment approaches for abused children and their families; and effective methods for disseminating evidence based practices.

His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the U. S. Department of the Navy. In addition to his research and teaching activities, Dr. Saunders maintains a clinical and consulting practice, and often is called as an expert witness in legal cases.

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