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.

  • 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.
  • 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 ( Please take the online survey.
  • In collaboration with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk of the Trauma Center at 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 with your mailing address, so I may send you a research packet of materials. A $10 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.
  • 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!

  • Krystal Letourneau Nelson, MA, a doctoral student in the Clinical Forensic Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, is conducting a study to investigate a unique consequence of providing services to victims of human trafficking. This dissertation will study the degree of burnout experienced by service providers for human trafficking victims by comparing this group to a control group of providers who do not work with trauma victims. The study entitled, Secondary Trauma Stress and Burnout: Prevalence Rates and Levels among Service Providers for Human Trafficking Victims is being supervised by Dr. Wendy Blank. The survey will take about 20-45 minutes to complete. Please contact Krystal Letourneau Nelson wilth any questions. Thank you for considering this 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.