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Alyssa Ann Rheingold



South Carolina


Medical University of South Carolina


Professor and Clinical Psychologist




Clinical Psychology


More than 20 years


Dr. Alyssa Ann Rheingold is a licensed clinical psychologist and tenured Professor within the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She is the Associate Director of Administration and Director of Clinical Operations at the NCVC and Co-Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program. Dr. Rheingold completed her undergraduate coursework in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude and with Honors in Psychology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University (currently known as Drexel University). Dr. Rheingold completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the NCVC. She joined the faculty of MUSC in 2003 and has served in various leadership roles throughout the College of Medicine and University. Dr. Rheingold’s overall research interests include examining the impact of victimization and trauma on a range of health outcomes and evaluating prevention and intervention strategies to promote post-trauma resiliency. She is nationally recognized as an expert in traumatic loss, interpersonal violence, and child sexual abuse prevention. Dr. Rheingold has been funded from various extramural sources, including NIMH, AHRQ, CDC, SAMHSA, USDOJ OVC, OVW, DOD, VOCA, and VAWA. She currently serves as PI/Co-PI on numerous large-scale studies and centers, including an AHRQ R18 evaluating the novel use of the electronic health record in screening and intervening for domestic violence; an OVC AEAP grant providing services in the aftermath of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting, a VOCA grant for victims of crime, a SAMHSA grant to provide HIV and substance abuse prevention programming for African American youth and young adults, and an OVC funded community initiative to develop a multidisciplinary response for intra-familial homicide. She is also Co-I (serving as Co-Director of Preparedness, Response, & Recovery) on the Mass Violence and Victimization and Resource Center funded through an OVC cooperative agreement. Dr. Rheingold has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications, invited book chapters, and reports on trauma-related mental health.


Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, Domestic and Family Violence, Homicide Survivors/Co-victims


Limited English proficiency victims


Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies, Quasi-experimental studies, Randomized controlled trial


Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Needs assessment, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies, Quasi-experimental studies, Randomized controlled trial