Participate in ISTSS Member Research
ISTSS engages its members in advancing traumatic stress science and uses
research to improve prevention and clinical care, promote resilience,
and inform public education and policy.
To Participate in Research
To further this strategic goal, below is a list of links to ongoing
research on traumatic stress topics. If you are interested in becoming a
research participant, please follow the links below.
ISTSS provides this listing as a service to members, but we do not
oversee or evaluate individual studies. It is the responsibility of the
institution and the principal investigator to uphold scientific and
ethical requirements. All studies listed here are IRB approved and ISTSS
will not have access to data obtained in these studies.
- Under the supervision of Nnamdi Pole of Smith College, Stefanie
Carreiro of the Smith College School for Social Work is conducting a
study on clinical decision-making when working with military trauma
patients. You are eligible to participate in this study if you have
provided psychotherapy to survivors of military trauma and you have a
Master’s or Doctorate degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family
Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, or
Psychiatry. The survey will take about 30 minutes of your time.
Questions about the survey can be directed to Dr. Pole
(email@example.com).Please take the online
- Carla Sterling, M.A., a doctoral candidate in clinical Psychology at
Regent University, is conducting dissertation research among trauma
psychotherapists to empirically investigate the relationship between
exposure to client trauma, personal spirituality, and vicarious
traumatization and transformation. You are eligible to participate if
you are a licensed mental health professional actively engaged in
providing therapy to individuals suffering from trauma. The study
entitled: “The Effects of Trauma on Psychotherapists’ Vicarious
Traumatization and Spirituality” is being supervised by Dr. Donald
Walker, Assistant Professor of Regent University and Director of the
Child Trauma Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please take the online
- In collaboration with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk of the Trauma Center
Justice Resource Institute, and Dr. Julian Ford of the University of
Connecticut, Dr. Wendy D’Andrea of the New School for Social Research is
conducting a study to validate the proposed diagnostic criteria for
Developmental Trauma Disorder. For individuals, who work with children
and adolescents exposed to trauma, please take
the online survey.
The survey is brief and will take about 10 minutes per case. You may
report on as many cases as you would like. Your responses will be used
to examine the validity of the Developmental Trauma Disorder diagnosis.
- Shanna Jackson, MS, MA, LPC, a doctoral candidate at Fielding
Graduate University, is conducting dissertation research on the topic of
mitigating vicarious traumatization in psychotherapists who work with
adult clients with a history of childhood abuse or neglect. The focus is
on psychotherapists who also have a personal trauma history (any type,
abuse or other), since trauma affects so many people’s lives in one way
or another. This study explores how to buffer the effects of trauma and
more effectively train therapists in treating trauma, while taking care
of themselves in the process. The time commitment is approximately 30-45
minutes. If you meet the following criteria, please send the primary
researcher an email at email@example.com with your mailing
address, so I may send you a research packet of materials. A $10
Amazon.com gift card is included in each research packet in appreciation
for participation. You are an eligible participant if: (a) you are a
fully licensed psychotherapist, (b) you have at least one adult survivor
of childhood abuse or neglect on your general caseload over time
(regardless of therapeutic modality of practice), (c) you reside in the
United States, and (d) you are fluent in English. This project is under
the supervision of: Sherry L. Hatcher, Ph.D., ABPP, 805-687-1099.
Submit Your Study
ISTSS members who would like their research to be advertised on this
page may submit their proposals to the Web Editor for consideration.
For submissions, please include the following information: (1) Name
Investigator, (2)University where the study is taking place, (3) Purpose
of the study, (4) Participant inclusion
criteria, and (5) Letter of IRB Approval.