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The ISTSS Annual Meeting provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations of trauma. The Meeting is also where professionals get to see old friends and colleagues, meet new ones and develop and strengthen collaborative relationships in order to move the field of traumatic stress forward.

It is an international assembly of professionals and students representing an array of disciplines, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, victim advocates, journalists, clergy and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress.

The theme of the ISTSS 32nd Annual Meeting is “Trauma and Public Health: Innovative Technology and Knowledge Dissemination.”

Trauma and trauma-related disorders are significant public health issues that require interdisciplinary approaches including epidemiology, biostatistics and health services research. For the trauma field, several aspects appear of high relevance: the epidemiology of trauma and related disorders, prevention of trauma and related disorders, measures to increase awareness about trauma and related disorders, and the improvement of world-wide knowledge about evaluated and available therapy options. Advances in assessment, treatment and prevention efforts, and knowledge translation are of critical importance if we are to increase public awareness and de-stigmatize trauma-related disorders.
The use of Innovative Technology is now closely tied to public health strategies. Through modern technologies, media and internet usage, knowledge translation has increased and research has a greater impact on clinical practice just as practice is informing the research agenda. Improvement of information flow and communication between researchers and clinicians is being seen across the world. Innovative technologies are also being used in treatment and research as in the case of neurofeedback, ambulatory momentary assessments methods, and virtual reality therapies. Also, new clinical tools such as e-health, online therapy and supervision have improved the speed and quality of treatment.
This 32nd Annual Meeting is an ideal platform to demonstrate recent advances in the two related fields of public health and innovative technology and how they can be used to improve recovery from trauma-related disorders. We encourage submissions from the broad fields of public health and innovative technologies. We particularly invite submissions of translational research that transfers advances in basic science to clinical applications, fosters the clinician-researcher dialogue, and promotes more interdisciplinary collaborative learning. We welcome both submissions that synthesize current knowledge and feature innovative developments relevant for the field of traumatic stress.
Compelling Topics Related to the Theme Include:

  • Proposals on public health issues such as epidemiology of trauma and trauma-related disorders, biostatistics and use of public health services
  • Proposals on basic or clinical research with policy implications for preventing trauma and treating its consequences
  • Proposals on innovative technology used in research or psychological interventions, such as neuro-feedback, virtual reality, E-health
  • Proposals on research on stigma and its prevention in the trauma field
  • Proposals integrating neurobiological research with psychological or pharmacological interventions.

Submissions on other topics relevant to the traumatic stress field are always welcome. New members, active members, non-members and students are invited to submit proposals and attend the meeting. International participation is strongly encouraged.

Presentation Types

The ISTSS Annual Meeting includes both oral and poster presentations.

Full Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 

The meeting will also offer CE credits in psychology, counseling, social work, marriage/family therapy, alcohol and drug counseling and nursing.


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