Dr. Tuerk’s current research focuses on disseminating and augmenting evidence-based treatments for PTSD and childhood OCD via the development of specialized crowd-sourcing and asynchronous telehealth technologies, and the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) technologies for the treatment of childhood social and school anxiety. Since joining the UVA faculty in June of 2018 he has been working on structuring the Sheila C. Johnson Center to optimize multidisciplinary training and research related to the provision of evidence based clinical services for area children, families, and adults.
Featured Current Contributions
Tuerk, P. W., Rauch, S. A., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2019). Effect size matters: a key neglected indicator of comparative trial quality. The Lancet Psychiatry, 6 (2), e4.
Tuerk, P. W. (2014). Starting From Something: Augmenting Exposure Therapy and Methods of Inquiry. American Journal of Psychiatry, 171:1034-1037.
Tuerk, P. W., Grubaugh, A. L., Hamner, M. B., & Foa, E. B. (2009). Diagnosis and treatment of PTSD-related compulsive checking behaviors in veterans of the Iraq war: The influence of military context on the expression of PTSD symptoms. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 166, 762-767.
Beidel, D. C., Tuerk, P. W., Spitalnick, J., Bowers, C. A., & Morrison, K. (2021). Treating Childhood Social Anxiety Disorder with Virtual Environments and Serious Games: A Randomized Trial. Behavior therapy, 52(6), 1351-1363.
Tuerk, P. W., Keller, S. M., & Acierno, R. (2018). Treatment for Anxiety and Depression via Clinical Videoconferencing: Evidence Base and Barriers to Expanded Access in Practice. Focus, 16 (4), 363-369.
Tuerk, P. W., Wangelin, B. C., Powers, M. B.,... & Hamner, M. B. (2018). Augmenting treatment efficiency in exposure therapy for PTSD: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of yohimbine HCl. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 47 (5), 1-21.
Tuerk, P. W., Schaeffer, C. M., McGuire, J. F., Adams Larsen, M., Capobianco, N., & Piacentini, J. (2019). Adapting evidence-based treatments for digital technologies: a critical review of functions, tools, and the use of branded solutions. Current psychiatry reports, 21(10), 1-13.