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What is Traumatic Stress?

This page provides an overview of traumatic stress including causes, reactions, and treatment options.

The ISTSS website contains a great deal of useful information that we encourage you to review.  If you have additional questions or would like to contact a trauma expert, please use the information below.

Contact an ISTSS Trauma Expert

Reporters and media representatives are encouraged to contact Heather Fineman, telephone (847) 480-9028 ext 255, with inquiries. 

 Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is a resource center and program developed for students, educators, journalists and news organizations interested in the intersection of journalism and trauma issues.   This organization focuses on informed, innovative, and ethical news reporting following traumatic events including violence, conflict, and tragedy. 

ISTSS and The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma have a strong collaborative relationship. The two organizations worked in partnership to establish the Ochberg Fellowship, named after Dr. Frank Ochberg, a pioneering psychiatrist in the study of trauma.   This fellowship recognizes journalists seeking to deepen their coverage of violence and traumatic events. Fellowships are awarded to mid-career journalists in all media who have covered issues ranging from street crime, family violence, and natural disasters to war and genocide.

Learn more about the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the Ochberg Fellowship by visiting the Dart Center website at: