International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Joop de Jong Honored with 2017 ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO, IL, November 9, 2017 – The winner of the 2017 ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award is Joop de Jong, MD, PhD. This award is the highest honor given to an individual who has made great lifetime contributions to the field of traumatic stress.

Dr. de Jong is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and senior researcher at the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam. He is adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.

He has made pioneering contributions in countless countries on four continents to the field of trauma studies in the area of global mental health.  He has done this through his own research and publications, his development of research and service organizations, and his mentorship of scholars in the field, all the while exemplifying the importance of building on both universal and local knowledge.

He was the founder and director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), which provided mental health and psychosocial services in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Until today programs of TPO often operate in armed conflict areas and complex humanitarian emergencies.

Dr. de Jong worked part-time with immigrants and refugees in the Netherlands. Over the past decades he was involved in global mental health by integrating insights from public mental health, psychotherapy, psychiatry, anthropology and epidemiology in community interventions in a variety of cultures, on which he (co) authored and (co)edited 300 papers, chapters and books.

Clearly, the lifetime work of Dr. de Jong has greatly improved our understanding of trauma in the global health context, as well as bettering the lives of those experiencing trauma and stress around the world.

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is pleased to honor Joop de Jong for a career marked by so many exceptionally distinguished achievements.

ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.
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