Researching Trauma
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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.

  • National Institutes of Mental Health PTSD Study: Seeking Outpatient Mental Health Facilities

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are conducting a nationwide study to develop a new quality measure for treating adults with PTSD, particularly using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We are currently seeking outpatient mental health facilities to participate and partner with us to test the measure. The study aims to test a web-based survey of a clinician’s use of evidence-based psychotherapy to determine the usefulness and feasibility of the measure. The ultimate goal is to develop a measure that could be used for quality improvement.  Participating organizations are paid a compensation honorarium for their time.  We are looking to begin data collection immediately and have all data collection complete by the end of February. To be considered for participation, facilities must:
•         Have clinicians who currently provide cognitive behavioral therapy to at least 3 adults with PTSD in an outpatient setting;
•         Have clinical supervisors who provide supervision via direct observation or review of video or audio tape or would be willing to provide minimal supervision via review of audio tape;
•         Have an interest in helping to improve the quality of PTSD care; and
•         Have the time and staff capacity to designate a site coordinator whose responsibilities will include supplying Mathematica with a list of clinicians, clinical supervisors, and clients eligible to participate in the survey, describing the project to eligible participants, coordinating the completion of the survey, and participating in an initial training and debriefings with the project team.

If you or others in your organization are interested and would like to learn more about partnering with us to test this measure, please contact Danielle Chelminsky or Melissa Azur, the project director, at 202-250-3518.

  • Under the supervision of Dr. Phyllis Solomon of the University of Pennsylvania, and in collaboration with Dr. Julian Ford and Dr. Eliana Gil, Jennifer Boyle, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania is conducting dissertation research evaluating the feasibility and validity of the Cameron Complex Trauma Interview (CCTI): a pictorial-based assessment tool evaluating both trauma history and symptomatology in children, developed by the above named researchers.   You are eligible to participate if you are a Master’s or Doctoral level clinician providing mental health, counseling, or social work services to children ages 5-11 who’ve been impacted by multiple traumatic events.  Participating clinicians (a minimum sample of 25) will be asked to utilize the CCTI and the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index DSM-V Version (PTSD-RI) with one appropriate client.  Upon completion of this trial, clinicians will then be asked to complete the Clinical Utility and Feasibility Study, a 3-part survey that aims to measure the comprehensiveness, usefulness, and feasibility of the CCTI, online.  All participating clinicians will be granted permanent permission to utilize the CCTI, for personal or agency use.  If you, or your agency, are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Boyle:
  • 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 ( take the online survey.
  • In collaboration with Dr. Greg Siegle of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Wendy D’Andrea of the New School for Social Research is conducting a study to examine blunted and discordant affect as a transdiagnostic construct in psychopathology. The study is currently looking for adults with Borderline Personality Disorder, MDD, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, any Dissociative Disorder, and/or PTSD. Participants will be paid $60 per day for the first two days, and $100 per day for the second two days. If all four days are completed, participants can earn up to $330. If any of your patients may be interested in participating in the study, please have them e-mail

  • Parenting Post-Trauma: Provider Perceptions of the Needs of Parents with Posttraumatic Stress

    Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina are conducting a brief web-based survey to better understand mental health providers’ perceptions and experiences assessing and treating trauma-related mental health problems and co-occurring parenting difficulties. We are looking to recruit mental health providers working with adults who have experienced trauma as well as those working with children who have experienced trauma. If you are interested in taking this survey, please use the link at the end of this message to access the anonymous web-based survey. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your participation is anonymous and completely voluntary. Results will assist researchers in the design of resources for adult and child providers who may work with parents or caregivers who have trauma-related mental health problems.  We hope that you will consider participating in our study and/or sharing this request for participation with other mental health providers in your organization. This study has been approved by the IRB of the Medical University of South Carolina. To take the survey, simply click on this link:
 If clicking the link does not work, please copy and paste it into your browser.

Please contact Lisa Jobe-Shields, Ph.D. (o. 843-792-2946 | with any questions.

Thank you for considering our request for research participation!

Submit Your Study

  • ISTSS members who would like their research to be advertised on this page may submit their proposals to for consideration. For submissions, please include the following information: (1) Name of Primary Investigator, (2)University where the study is taking place, (3) Purpose of the study, (4) Participant inclusion criteria, and (5) Letter of IRB Approval.