International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Keynote Addresses



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



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.



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



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.