International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Keynote Addresses


Roseann Sdoia
Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Wednesday, November 13


Today, as a Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and amputee, Roseann is making great strides in changing the lives of others. As one of the top motivational speakers and more recently a published author of Perfect Strangers, Roseann combines her powerful, personal story of perseverance with her professional corporate background and offers lessons learned throughout her challenging comeback journey as insightful, motivational tools that everyone can use to discover their own unstoppable strength. Roseann’s mantra that “life is only as positive as you make it,” serves as the foundation for redefining one’s own mindset in achieving every personal and professional goal, and ultimately living a happier, richer and more fulfilling life.


Judith Lewis Herman, MD
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Thursday, November 14

Judith Lewis Herman, MD, is a part-time professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For thirty years until she retired, she was director of training at the Victims of Violence Program at The Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Herman received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and her training in general and community psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. She is the author of two award-winning books: Father-Daughter Incest (Harvard University Press, 1981) and Trauma and Recovery (Basic Books, 1992). She has lectured widely on the subject of sexual and domestic violence. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the 2000 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women's Association. In 2007 she was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.




Patricia A. Resick, PhD, ABPP
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, USA

Friday, November 15

After earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia, Dr. Resick served as an assistant and associate professor at the University of South Dakota and associate to full professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she was awarded an endowed professorship, Curator’s Professor, in 2000. During that time she developed and was director of the Center for Trauma Recovery. In 2003, Dr. Resick became director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System and professor of psychiatry at Boston University. In 2013, she joined Duke University.  Dr. Resick’s specialty is in understanding and treating the effects of traumatic events, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She developed Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and is currently working on multiple clinical trials. Dr. Resick’s research has been continuously funded for 40 years; she has published more than 300 articles and chapters and 9 books. She has served as president of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She has won research and mentoring awards from ISTSS and ABCT as well as the lifetime achievement award from the Trauma Division (56) of APA.



Theresa S. Betancourt, ScD, MA
Boston College School of Social Work
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Saturday, November 16


Theresa S. Betancourt is the inaugural Salem Professor in Global Practice at the Boston College School of Social Work and director of the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA). She is the principal investigator of an intergenerational, longitudinal study of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone (LSWAY). Dr. Betancourt has also developed and evaluated the impact of a family strengthening intervention for HIV-affected children and families and is leading the investigation of a home-visiting early childhood development intervention that can be integrated with poverty reduction and social protection initiatives in Rwanda to promote enriched parent-child relationships and prevent violence. In the U.S., Dr. Betancourt is engaged in community-based participatory research on family-based prevention of emotional and behavioral problems in refugee children and adolescents resettled in the U.S.