Cast your vote TODAY! ISTSS members, eligible to vote, have the opportunity to vote for President-Elect and Board of Directors. In addition, members, eligible to vote, have the opportunity to vote on amendments to the ISTSS bylaws.
ISTSS members, eligible to vote, received a personal email that included a unique login to access the online balloting system. Members without an email address on file received hard copy ballots. Contact ISTSS if you did not receive your login information.
To ensure your voice is heard, cast your vote using the online balloting system not later than September 12, 2013, Midnight Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST).
Review candidate statements below. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
If you have questions about the election, contact Krista Baran.
Alain Brunet, PhD **
Joan M. Cook, PhD **
Joanne L. Davis, PhD
Debra Kaysen, PhD
Kathryn Marley Magruder, PhD **
Mindy B. Mechanic, PhD
Gladys K. Mwiti, PhD **
Meaghan O’Donnell, B.Sc (Honours), M. Psych (Clinical), PhD **
Douglas Zatzick, MD
** Current board member running for re-election.
With the exception of the president, individuals are typically limited to two consecutive terms on the board. This year, ISTSS members will elect six board members to serve three-year terms beginning November 2013. Members will also elect a president-elect who will assume the office of the President in November 2014.
Existing bylaws define a member as anyone who pays dues to ISTSS. In turn, a member is able to participate in governance activities such as chairing committees, being a candidate for elective positions and voting. Members also are eligible for benefits such as the discount on annual meeting registration.
Collectively, the proposed bylaws changes are designed to allow the ISTSS Board of Directors to implement a new category of membership that does not involve dues. This new category, the Corresponding Member, would offer participation in ISTSS communications, but would not allow a role in governance or voting. Thus, Regular Members (who pay dues) would continue to receive the full set of privileges and benefits, including a subscription to the Journal of Traumatic Stress and discounts on registration for the annual meeting and distance education programs, while Corresponding Members would receive a limited set focused on information exchange. The bylaws changes effectively grant the Board of Directors authority to implement Corresponding Membership on an incremental basis, in selected geographic areas. This approach allows coordination with affiliated traumatic stress societies and careful monitoring of the impact of this innovation.
The ISTSS mission and strategic plan broadly call for global engagement with individuals who have an interest in the advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress and its impact and amelioration. In this context, ISTSS leaders believe that there are many non-specialists, allied professionals, and lay people who would have an interest in ISTSS activities, but who find the payment of membership dues to be a barrier or disincentive.
Corresponding Membership is designed as a practical and affordable means to engage with people around the globe who have a shared interest in the traumatic stress field. Potential benefits to ISTSS include an expanded membership base to support meetings outside of North America, increased impetus for cooperative projects on a global scale, and building relationships beyond the community of traumatic stress societies.
To ensure your voice is heard, cast your vote using the online balloting system no later than September 12, 2013, Midnight Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HAST).