International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Participate in Research

ISTSS engages its members in advancing traumatic stress science and uses research to improve prevention and clinical care, promote resilience and inform public education and policy. Below is a list of research initiatives related to traumatic stress.

ISTSS members are invited to submit research opportunities for consideration. ISTSS does not oversee or evaluate individual studies. It is the responsibility of the institution and the principal investigator to uphold scientific and ethical requirements. All studies listed are IRB approved and ISTSS will not have access to data obtained through these studies. [New announcements on top]

  • Perceptions of Peer Support Study. PURPOSE. To fill an important gap in our understanding of potential barriers that might interfere with adoption and consistent implementation of peer support interventions in clinics that work with patients who have PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR. Stacey Bradbury, PhD. AFFILIATION. Department of Psychiatry at Summa Healthcare.INCLUSION CRITERIA. Read and understand English, at least 18 years of age, and currently work with clients/patients in a mental health setting. LINK TO SURVEY.


  • Inviting all clinicians working with veterans and/or military personnel with PTSD to participate in a study evaluating a new resource called the PTSD Clinicians Exchange. This is a clinician-centered website that focuses on best practices for assessment and treatment of PTSD in military populations. The Exchange includes top resources for a variety of best practices, ways to monitor and tend to your own well-being as a clinician, as well as opportunities to connect with other clinicians. Primary Investigators: Josef Ruzek, PhD, Ray Rosen, PhD, and Josh Wilks, PhD. Learn more at: (posted 10/06/16)
  • PTSD Clinicians Exchange Study. This study aims to investigate the effects of therapy provision on the therapist. I am particularly interested in exploring the effects of working with clients who have experienced trauma. Your participation will help us to identify individual- and organizational-level factors that contribute to therapist distress and may help guide effective prevention and mitigation efforts for clinicians. Primary Investigator - Shaina Gulin, M.S., under the supervision of Dr. Scott Vrana, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University. 
    You are eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, work as a mental health professional, and have obtained, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree. You must also have at least one year providing direct professional mental health services to clients or patients. Graduate students are eligible to participate.
    The study consists of several questionnaires and will take between 30 and 40 minutes to complete. Following completion of the survey, you will be provided with a link to enter a raffle for a chance to win a $25 gift card. One in every 10 participants will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail at the conclusion of the project. If you wish to participate in this study, please click the following link then enter this code: 7LD4F4M8A. This access code is the same for every participant, and is required to protect the security of the questionnaires as a condition of questionnaire usage. It does not track your individual responses. 
  • How does treating trauma survivors impact the therapist vicariously?  Under the supervision of Steve Stride, PhD of Trevecca Nazarene University, Christopher Harris, M.A. of the Graduate School of Counseling is conducting a study on trauma work and professional well-being. We anticipate this study will provide valuable insight to promote continued education and support for professionals like you.  You are eligible to participate in this study if you are currently providing psychotherapy to survivors of trauma and you have been trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. The survey will take about 20 minutes of your time and you can enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Questions about the survey can be directed to the researcher ( Please click on the link below.  (Posted 8/31/2015)
  • Under the supervision of Dr. V. Barry Dauphin, Cathleen LaLonde, a doctoral candidate at the University of Detroit Mercy, is conducting dissertation research on factors that moderate secondary traumatic stress in therapists. You are eligible to participate if you are a mental health therapist currently seeing traumatized patients in psychotherapy, have completed your formal education program, and have been licensed to practice for at least two years. Please take the online survey. The survey is anonymous and will take about 10-25 minutes to complete. Afterward, you can choose to enter for a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards. Questions can be directed to Cathleen LaLonde, MS. Thank you for your consideration and support!
  • How does treating trauma survivors affect the therapist on a personal level? Under the supervision of Dr. Charles Jacob of La Salle University, Rebecca Holczer, a doctoral candidate at La Salle University, is conducting dissertation research that explores how trauma psychotherapists may feel personally affected by the therapy they conduct, as well as how it may impact their relationships with their romantic partners. You are eligible to participate if your primary profession is a psychotherapist, you treat trauma survivors in your practice, and you are currently married, dating, or cohabiting with the same romantic partner for at least one year. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time, and you will be eligible to participate in a raffle drawing to win a $50 gift card. All responses are anonymous and will not be associated with your raffle drawing entry. Any questions can be directed to Rebecca Holczer, M.A. Please take the survey!
  • Under the supervision of Dr. Phyllis Solomon of the University of Pennsylvania, and in collaboration with Dr. Julian Ford and Dr. Eliana Gil, Jennifer Boyle, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania is conducting dissertation research evaluating the feasibility and validity of the Cameron Complex Trauma Interview (CCTI): a pictorial-based assessment tool evaluating both trauma history and symptomatology in children, developed by the above named researchers.  You are eligible to participate if you are a Master’s or Doctoral level clinician providing mental health, counseling, or social work services to children ages 5-11 who’ve been impacted by multiple traumatic events. Participating clinicians (a minimum sample of 25) will be asked to utilize the CCTI and the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index DSM-V Version (PTSD-RI) with one appropriate client. Upon completion of this trial, clinicians will then be asked to complete the Clinical Utility and Feasibility Study, a 3-part survey that aims to measure the comprehensiveness, usefulness, and feasibility of the CCTI, online. All participating clinicians will be granted permanent permission to utilize the CCTI, for personal or agency use. If you, or your agency, are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Boyle.
  • Under the supervision of Nnamdi Pole of Smith College, Stefanie Carreiro of the Smith College School for Social Work is conducting a study on clinical decision-making when working with military trauma patients. You are eligible to participate in this study if you have provided psychotherapy to survivors of military trauma and you have a Master’s or Doctorate degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, or Psychiatry. The survey will take about 30 minutes of your time. Questions about the survey can be directed to Dr. Pole ( Please take the online survey.  
  • In collaboration with Dr. Greg Siegle of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Wendy D’Andrea of the New School for Social Research is conducting a study to examine blunted and discordant affect as a transdiagnostic construct in psychopathology. The study is currently looking for adults with Borderline Personality Disorder, MDD, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, any Dissociative Disorder, and/or PTSD. Participants will be paid $60 per day for the first two days, and $100 per day for the second two days. If all four days are completed, participants can earn up to $330. If any of your patients may be interested in participating in the study, please have them email
  • Parenting Post-Trauma: Provider Perceptions of the Needs of Parents with Posttraumatic Stress

 Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina are conducting a brief web-based survey to better understand mental health providers’ perceptions and experiences assessing and treating trauma-related mental health problems and co-occurring parenting difficulties. We are looking to recruit mental health providers working with adults who have experienced trauma as well as those working with children who have experienced trauma. If you are interested in taking this survey, please use the link at the end of this message to access the anonymous web-based survey. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your participation is anonymous and completely voluntary. Results will assist researchers in the design of resources for adult and child providers who may work with parents or caregivers who have trauma-related mental health problems.  We hope that you will consider participating in our study and/or sharing this request for participation with other mental health providers in your organization. This study has been approved by the IRB of the Medical University of South Carolina. To take the survey, simply click on this link. Please contact Lisa Jobe-Shields, PhD, 843-792-2946, with any questions. 

Thank you for considering our request for research participation!
  • Trauma Competencies: A Delphi Study - The purpose of this dissertation research study is to develop a clear articulation of trauma competencies from experts in the field for the creation of a set of items for assessing trauma knowledge, awareness, and skills in counselor education programs. Research participants will complete a brief demographic questionnaire and then participate in the first survey of the Delphi study that will take approximately 60 minutes.  My hope is that this research will gather expert opinion on the phenomenon called trauma and identify emergent items that may be used to assess counselor trauma competency. Criteria for eligibility (two or more below):
    1.    Identifies as a scholar or helping professional in Counseling or related program area.
    2.    Currently teaching or have taught a course on trauma, crises, or disaster mental health.
    3.    Published two or more peer-reviewed articles on trauma, crises, or disaster mental health.
    4.    Written a book or a book chapter on trauma, crises, or disaster mental health.
    5.    Presented a workshop on trauma, crises, or disaster mental health.
    6.    Presented at a professional conference on trauma, crises, or disaster mental health.
    7.    Currently a helping professional working with traumatized clients
    Participation in this study is strictly voluntary. Please contact me for more information: Asabi Dean or 1-319-459-1166. Please distribute this email to others that might be interested in participating in this study.  
    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.  Asabi A. Dean, Principal Investigator, Counselor Education and Supervision program Doctoral Candidate, The University of Iowa

Submit Your Study

ISTSS members who would like their research to be advertised on this page may submit their proposals to for consideration. For submissions, please include the following information:
  1. Name of Primary Investigator
  2. University where the study is taking place
  3. Purpose of the study
  4. Participant inclusion criteria
  5. Letter of IRB Approval