International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Global Connections

ISTSS Members are from Around the World

ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.  Since its inception in 1985, ISTSS has provided a forum for the sharing of clinical strategies, research findings, public policy concerns, and theoretical formulations on trauma around the world.  There are 50 countries represented in the Society.   In addition, through its travel grants, sliding scale membership and conference fees, and enhanced journal access via the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), ISTSS continues to demonstrate its commitment to global partnerships.

International Affiliates and Collaborators

ISTSS and its affiliated organizations and organizational collaborators form a partnership of professional societies with the aim of advancing the field of traumatic stress worldwide.  A representative of each affiliate can serve as an ex-officio member of the ISTSS Board of Directors, and a representative of ISTSS likewise can serve on the Board of each affiliated organization. Members of the affiliate societies enjoy a number of benefits with regard to ISTSS membership dues, conference registration, and access to ISTSS publications.

ISTSS Travel Grant Program 

ISTSS supports conference attendees coming from developing countries and experiencing financial hardship due to fees or travel costs. Travel grants are supported by voluntary contributions from ISTSS members. Learn about the program and find out how to make a donation to the Travel Grant Fund.

Since 2003, Travel Grants have helped more than 39 colleagues from 20 countries to attend the ISTSS Annual Meeting. Recent awardees have come from Armenia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the Ukraine. This international diversity enriches the Annual Meeting for everyone involved.

International Practice Guidelines for Post-Trauma Mental Health 

Learn more about clinical practice guidelines produced in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.