International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Bringing together clinicians and researchers from around the world,
to advocate for the field of traumatic stress.

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.

Mission Statement

ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

This knowledge includes:
Understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure
Preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences, and
Advocating for the field of traumatic stress.

Trauma Blog

Trauma and World Literature: The Night I Learned How Not to Pray by Iris Dement
Posted on 03/29/2019 by Howard Lipke
Ever since the release of her first album in 1992, the singer-songwriter Iris Dement has earned wide recognition and respect for her work. Her 2012 album, Sing the Delta, includes the song, The Night I Learned How Not to Pray. In the few minutes of her rendition of the song, Dement’s words, music and voice show the profound, long-lasting effects of traumatic loss, especially in childhood.
Trauma and Diversity: Understanding and Providing Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Processing Therapy
Posted on 03/29/2019 by Nicholas Holder, Ryan Holliday and Amy M. Williams
Worldwide lifetime prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is estimated to be approximately 4 percent (Kessler et al., 2017), and numerous factors are associated with elevated risk of diagnosis (e.g., trauma type, military/veteran population, gender; Gates et al., 2012; Kessler et al., 2017; Lehavot et al., 2018).
Student Perspectives: Assessing and Preventing Psychology Trainee Burnout
Posted on 03/29/2019 by Leah Taylor, MS
Trainee burnout is a concept that has been openly discussed with supervisors more during my internship training than during all of graduate school. I have been fortunate to have supervisors who ask, “Have you eaten lunch today?” “Did you get a chance to sit and conceptually think about that case?” and even, “What did you do this weekend that was fun for you?” It was in those moments it became clear: I was stuck in the graduate school mentality.