International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Abstract Submission

Late breaking poster abstract submission is open September 4 to September 13.

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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 34th Annual Meeting is “Promoting Societal Change: Integrating Traumatic Stress Research, Practice and Policy for Vulnerable Populations

The field of traumatic stress studies developed to address multiple facets of societal need and inequality, and quickly expanded to generate a vast amount of knowledge, with thousands of peer-reviewed publications spanning psychobiology and biomarkers, developmental manifestations, diverse psychiatric impacts, risk factors, health disparities, types of trauma, various treatments, and diverse populations. Increasing dissemination and knowledge transfer in the field of traumatic stress is helping to reduce the burden of trauma globally.  However, more work remains ahead to fully integrate science, practice, and policy to improve societal outcomes, especially among at-risk and marginalized groups. The goal of this conference is to examine how we use our knowledge to promote physical and mental health, to understand barriers to building trauma-informed systems, and to devise strategies for creating sustainable societal change. The meeting will explore how we best capitalize on methodological pluralism to represent the needs and experiences of individuals and communities whose voices may less frequently come to the fore. Specific attention will be given to bidirectional knowledge transfer between the field and its constituents, with an eye towards improving equitable access to traumatic stress resources. We invite submissions which not only examine exposure to trauma and its multiple outcomes (including but beyond PTSD), but which situate trauma exposure and responses within the backdrop of societal structures such as discrimination, poverty, and family and community environment. Submissions should further consider how we apply the field’s knowledge outside of individual clinical practice to broader settings such as policy, child welfare, public health, education, and law.

Compelling Topics Related to the Theme Include:

  • Proposals which translate findings from the traumatic stress studies field to the world at large, including settings like health care, child welfare, law, and public policy, with the goal of generating societal change.
  • Proposals which use community-engaged strategies, such as participatory action research, to emphasize learning from trauma-impacted communities.
  • Proposals which draw from multiple methodological approaches, spanning both quantitative and qualitative techniques.
  • Proposals which draw from a diverse or underrepresented group in traumatic stress studies.
  • Proposals which actively consider societal context and social determinants of health, such as race, ethnicity, culture,  gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, and socioeconomic factors, in their examination of topics relevant to traumatic stress exposure, response, and intervention.

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 accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Amedco and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
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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