International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Invited Speakers



Adele Jones, PhD
University of Huddersfield, UK

‘Culturally Intelligent Community Based Practice’ An Integrated Systems Approach for Working with Juvenile Sex Offenders: Research and Perspectives from the Caribbean

Adele Jones is Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield, UK and Director of the None in Three Research Centre, Previously the Director of the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies, Professor Jones specialises in international children’s rights and the prevention of violence against women and children. She is the author of numerous publications on topics as varied as child abuse, adoption, residential care, migration, child refugees, gender inequality, and HIV-AIDS and has directed research in over 16 countries including Nepal (street children); Uganda (child soldiers and, domestic violence); Romania, Germany, Sweden and the UK (children of prisoners); South Africa (HIV-AIDS); Tanzania (violence against children) and, the Caribbean (HIV-AIDS, child sexual abuse and domestic violence). Professor Jones has initiated/managed over 26 externally-funded research projects including the Sondai Project on HIV-AIDS in Trinidad and Tobago; the COPING Project, a EU pan-European study of the impact on children of parental imprisonment; a UNICEF commissioned study of child sexual abuse in six Eastern Caribbean countries; and, a UNICEF commissioned study into violence against children in Tanzania. She recently concluded a two-year EU-funded Human Rights project (400,000 Eur) on the use of prosocial games in tackling domestic violence in the Caribbean. Professor Jones is Founder and Director of the None in Three Research Centre, which builds on the EU project and is using frontier technologies, culturally sensitive strategies and advanced research methods for tackling gender-based violence in the UK, Jamaica, China, Uganda and India. This pioneering Centre uses a systems approach and serious gaming interventions to address attitudes which contribute to different forms of gender-based violence including child marriage, child sexual exploitation, bullying and sexual harassment in schools, dating violence.


Rebecca Campbell, PhD
Michigan State University, USA

Tales from the Field: Conducting Mixed Methods Community-Based Participatory Action Research on Sexual Assault

Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. Dr. Campbell’s research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health.  Most recently, she was the lead researcher for the National Institute of Justice-funded Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Action Research Project, which was a four-year multidisciplinary study of Detroit's untested rape kits.  Dr. Campbell also conducts training for law enforcement and multidisciplinary practitioners in civilian, military, and campus community settings on the neurobiology of trauma. In 2015, Dr. Campbell received the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award.


B. Heidi Ellis, PhD
Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Community Based Participatory Research as Both a Means and an End: Lessons from a 15 year CBPR Program with Somali Refugees

B. Heidi Ellis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and a licensed clinical psychologist.  She is also the Director of the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, a partner in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Dr. Ellis' primary focus is on understanding and promoting refugee youth mental health and well-being, with a particular emphasis on understanding how trauma exposure, violence, and social context impact developmental trajectories.  Over the past 15 years she has conducted a Community Based Participatory Research program with Somali youth; she is currently Principal Investigator of a multi-site, longitudinal research project examining developmental pathways to and away from violence, including openness to violent extremism, gang involvement, and constructive civic engagement.  Dr. Ellis was an advisor to the Boston Pilot Project on countering violent extremism, and is currently piloting a multi-disciplinary model to promote community resilience to violence.  She is also co-developer of the nationally recognized trauma treatment model, Trauma Systems Therapy.  



Matthew S. Goodwin, PhD
Northeastern University, USA

Developing Innovative Technology to Enhance Research and Practice: Integrating Behavioral and Physiological Measures into Psychotherapy Research

Dr. Matthew S. Goodwin is an Interdisciplinary Associate Professor at Northeastern University with joint appointments in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and College of Computer & Information Science, where he is a founding and key faculty member of a new doctoral program in Personal Health Informatics and Directs the Computational Behavioral Science Laboratory. Goodwin is also a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, and the former Director of Clinical Research at the MIT Media Lab. He has previously served on the Executive Board of the International Society for Autism Research and the Scientific Advisory Board for Autism Speaks. He has over 20 years of research and clinical experience working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and developing and evaluating innovative technologies for behavioral assessment and intervention, including video and audio capture, telemetric physiological monitors, accelerometry sensors, and digital video/facial recognition systems. Goodwin has received several honors, including a dissertation award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, Peter Merenda Prize in Statistics and Research Methodology from the University of Rhode Island, Hariri Award for Transformative Computational Science, named an Aspen Ideas Scholar by the Aspen Institute, and a career contribution award from the Princeton Autism Lecture Series. He has obtained research funding from a variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Simons Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and Autism Speaks. Goodwin received his B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College and his MA and PhD, both in experimental psychology and behavioral science, from the University of Rhode Island. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Affective Computing in the MIT Media Lab in 2010.