International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

2006 ISTSS Award Winner Jonathan Shay Named MacArthur Fellow

Posted 1 October 2007 in StressPoints by ISTSS

Introduction: Jonathan Shay will present a pre-meeting institute (PMI), “Preventing Psychological and Moral Injury in Military Service,” prior to the ISTSS Annual Meeting, Nov. 14 in Baltimore, Md.

ISTSS 2006 Public Advocacy Award recipient Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2007. Dr. Shay is one of 24 recipients of a $500,000 fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The award has been nicknamed the "genius grant."

At the 2006 ISTSS Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Calif., Dr. Shay received the Public Advocacy Award for outstanding contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma.

Dr. Shay is a staff psychiatrist for the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Boston. He received a BA from Harvard University in 1963, before earning an MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and 1972, respectively. 


 Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD


Renowned for his work unraveling ancient Greek descriptions of battle to impact our current comprehension of war-related trauma, Shay has published the notable works, “Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character,” and “Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming.”

According to the MacArthur Foundation, three criteria exist for the selection of Fellows:

  • Exceptional creativity
  • Promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment
  • Potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work


Dr. Shay will be presenting a pre-meeting institute (PMI), “Preventing Psychological and Moral Injury in Military Service,” prior to the ISTSS Annual Meeting, Nov. 14 in Baltimore, Md.

Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD, received the ISTSS Public Advocacy Award in November at the 2006 ISTSS Annual Meeting awards ceremony. The award is given for outstanding contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma. Shay is widely regarded throughout the field as a passionate advocate for veterans and others exposed to traumatic stress.