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ISTSS Leadership

Board Members 

Jonathan Bisson, DM, FRCPsych

Dr. Bisson is clinical reader in psychiatry and honorary consultant psychiatrist at Cardiff University, Wales. He is responsible for a traumatic stress research group, the local traumatic stress service and the training of medical students at Cardiff University. Dr. Bisson's primary and secondary research regarding early interventions following traumatic events is widely cited and has been influential in the development of plans to deal with the psychosocial needs of individuals following traumatic events. 


Mark Creamer, PhD

Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health; professor of psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia.


Joop de Jong, MD, PhD

Professor of mental health and culture at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. Director, Public Health and Research of HealthNet-TPO, which developed or supported psycho-social and mental health programs in (post-)conflict and post-disaster situations in 17 countries in Africa, Asia Europe and Latin America.


Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH

A scientist-practitioner in the field of traumatic stress, Dr. Elmore informs, educates, and advises policy makers on a variety of important social and health policy issues. In her current role as a senior legislative and federal affairs officer in the Government Relations Office at the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Elmore is responsible for APA's health policy initiatives related to trauma, violence, and abuse; women and their families; aging issues; military service members, veterans, and their families; emergency/disaster mental health preparedness and response; and indigenous populations.


Julian Ford, PhD

Dr. Ford is associate professor of psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Ford has published scholarly clinical and clinical research studies with more than 50 colleagues and trainees internationally, two textbooks (Kendall & Ford, 1982, Clinical Psychology: Scientific and Professional Dimensions, Wiley; Ford, May 2009, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Elsevier), and three recent edited books (Brom, Pat-Horenczyk & Ford, 2008, Treating Traumatized Children, Routledge; Reyes, Elhai & Ford, 2008, Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma, Wiley; Courtois & Ford, February 2009, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders, Guilford).


Harold Kudler, MD

Dr. Kudler is associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University; coordinator, Mental Health Service Line, associate director, Post Deployment Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center (MIRECC), Mid-Atlantic Veterans Integrated Service Network, Department of Veterans Affairs, Durham, North Carolina. He treats combat veterans, ex-prisoners of war, other trauma survivors, and their families and works to advance VA's response to the mental health needs of returning combat veterans and their families


Elizabeth Hembree, PhD

Assistant professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and director of clinical training in the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, U of Penn. Primary areas of expertise and interest are the implementation and dissemination of cognitive behavioral treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder.


Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

Associate director for behavioral research, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, and co-director, Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Andreas Maercker, MD, PhD

Chair of psychopathology at Dept.of Psychology University of Zurich and director of a psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic. Research covers both clinical and epidemiological work, focusing on the aetio- and pathogenic pathways of mental disorders with particular interest in PTSD, complicated grief, and disorders of the elderly. Published more than 150 peer review articles, and authored or co-authored numerous books and diagnostic instruments.


Alexander (Sandy) McFarlane, MD

Professor McFarlane is currently the Head of the University of Adelaide Node of the Centre of Military and Veterans Health. He is an international expert in the field of the impact of disasters and post traumatic stress disorder. He is a Past President of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is the recipient for the Robert Laufer Award for outstanding scientific achievement in the study of the effects of traumatic stress. In 2008, he was awarded the Organon Senior Research Award for the most significant contribution to psychiatric research in Australia during the preceding five years.


Candice Monson, PhD

Dr. Monson is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She received a U.S. Veterans Affairs Career Development Award with an emphasis in psychotherapy trials for PTSD in 2004, conducting the first randomized controlled trial of cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for military-related PTSD. In 2004, she was named deputy director of the Women's Health Sciences Division of the U.S. Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and was promoted to associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine in 2005.


Nnamdi Pole, PhD

Dr. Pole is associate professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Smith College. His interest and focus on traumatic stress was sparked by clinical experiences during his pre-doctoral internship at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital, where he completed several rotations focused on PTSD and its comorbidities. Dr. Pole obtained funding to support two years of post-doctoral fellowship under the mentorship of past ISTSS President, Dr. Charles Marmar. The funding allowed him to begin a program of research that has focused on posttraumatic stress among police officers, ethnocultural variation in traumatic stress, and the psychophysiology of PTSD.


Josef Ruzek, PhD

Associate director for education at the National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System; associate professor, Pacific Graduate School for Psychology. Editor of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma (2nd Edition); member of (VA) Undersecretary's Special Committee on PTSD; author of Psychological First Aid Field Guide.



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Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, co-director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community Practice Site and medical director of the Trauma Center at HRI Hospital in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel, and China.


Rachel Yehuda, PhD

Director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the J. J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center, and professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Author of nearly 300 books, book chapters, and journal articles. Served as a delegate for the first White House conference on Mental Health in 1999. Her work as founder and director of the Specialized Treatment Program for Holocaust Survivors and their Families has been recognized in the Congressional Record.

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