International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis SIG



The primary goal of the Trauma Assessment & Diagnosis SIG (TAD-SIG) is to establish a focus within ISTSS to promote increased knowledge about state-of-the-art methods, procedures, and instrumentation in assessing trauma exposure and traumatic stress symptoms. We intend to create a platform for education, collaboration and dissemination, for clinicians and researchers interested in assessment and diagnosis within the traumatic stress field. We conduct our SIG meetings at the annual ISTSS conventions.


Ateka Contractor
University of North Texas

Daniel Lee
VA Boston Healthcare System

Student Co-Chairs
Krista Engle
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Jessica Petri
Auburn University

Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis SIG Listserv Address
Members of the Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis SIG can use the SIG listserv to share information with the full SIG.

“Reference Texts and Relevant Articles” 
Freuh, Grubaugh, Elhai, & Ford (2012)
Assessment and Treatment Planning for PTSD 

Friedman, Keane, & Resick (2014)
Handbook of PTSD, Second Edition: Science and Practice

ISTSS Trauma Assessment Resources

The Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis SIG is selecting a new co-chair and new student co-chairs. Here are the candidates' CVs and statements of interest. Click on the name to access the CV.

Co-Chair Candidates
Dr. Daniel Lee: Hi everyone. My name is Danny Lee. I'm a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA. I studied under Frank Weathers at Auburn University and have a strong background in PTSD assessment and diagnosis. I am interested in strengthening the Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis SIG and have several ideas for making this SIG stronger, including a student award program and setting time aside during meetings for discussions of applying to graduate school. I appreciate your consideration for this role.

Dr. Nicole H. Weiss: I have been heavily engaged in trauma-focused research and practice for the past decade. As Co-Chair, I would aim to advance the research mission of the Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis SIG. I am particularly interested in bolstering opportunities for mentoring of students and early career professionals. I know from personal experience that mentors play an important role in cultivating enthusiasm for research.  The many skills that my mentors imparted to me have been pivotal in my development as a researcher. I look forward to growing these opportunities for others who are interested in trauma research and practice.
Dr. Talya Greene: I am passionate about the need for the use of innovative and diverse assessment methods in the field of traumatic stress studies in order to deepen our understanding of the impact of traumatic stress exposure and to most accurately diagnose individuals, so that we can provide the best possible support. It is vital that we communicate the latest developments in assessment and diagnosis not only to other researchers interested in these kinds of research questions, but even more critically to clinicians. I believe this SIG can play an important role in raising awareness, so that we don’t only just exchange ideas between ourselves, but extend our reach to the whole ISTSS community.

Student Co-Chair Candidates
Malisa Brooks: I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the SIG this past year and would love to continue the projects we have started, because I feel like I have just begun. Promoting regular communication and participation within the SIG so we can continue our efforts to establish a mentoring program (for those interested) between career and student SIG members is one of the projects that I would like to see through, in addition to making sure our TAD-SIG page within the ISTSS website stays updated with accurate information and measures for members to utilize. There are many different ways to assess various types of trauma that we could be learning from the members of our organization, and possibly even within our own SIG community, with the numerous clinical and research specialties in existence; finding ways to highlight the skills and training of our members would be beneficial to all involved. Just from attending the conference last year, meeting the members who attended, and spending time generating new ideas on how to move our group forward, it was very easy to see that we have so much to offer the organization as a whole, and I would love to continue to be a part of it!

Krista Engle: My name is Krista Engle, and I am a third-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program (Trauma track) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). I have been a member of ISTSS since 2016 and seek to become more deeply involved in the organization and represent students' voices. Last year, I served as the Student Representative for the Annual Meeting Organizing Committee, and I would love to continue serving ISTSS by taking on a leadership position within the Trauma Assessment and Diagnosis SIG. The focus of the TAD SIG also aligns well with my personal research interests, which are to elucidate the mechanisms underlying Complex PTSD symptoms and further the research on this relatively new ICD-11 diagnosis.

Megan Dolan: I am currently a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of North Texas. I have been a student member of ISTSS for over one and ½ years and participating in the annual conferences has been a beneficial professional development experience for me. I am interested in the student co-chair position as it would allow me the opportunity to foster my professional growth, learn about new developments in the area of traumatic stress assessment and diagnosis, as well as network with professionals in this field. Ultimately, I believe this position would be a great way to become more involved with other aspects of ISTSS beyond presentation experiences. I appreciate your consideration for this position.

Kayleigh Watters: I am writing to express interest in the student co-chair position. This position is the right fit for me because of my goals of furthering my knowledge in trauma assessment and obtaining leadership opportunities in the field. I hope to continue to grow my skills of networking with individuals in the field who have similar interests in trauma.

Jessica M. Petri: I am interested in the Student Co-Chair position because I have personally benefitted from the scientific stimulation and collaboration fostered by ISTSS and the TAD SIG. ISTSS and TAD SIG events and outreach efforts align with my own values for accurate, scientific assessment and treatment of mental illness in vulnerable populations, which I strive to live out in my clinical work, research endeavors, and organizational participation. I have a passion for engaging beyond my required duties in my partnership with organizations, including universities, treatment clinics, and state hospitals in order to promote access to mental health assessment and treatment and trauma-informed care. I would be honored to continue this service in the student co-chair capacity to help support the opportunities for education and professional development provided by ISTSS and TAD SIG for the students and professionals who serve vulnerable populations. I greatly appreciate your consideration for this unique opportunity.