International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting 

We invite you to the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 33rd Annual Meeting. The theme of the meeting is “Trauma and Complexity: From Self to Cells.” The ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting is an ideal platform to learn about recent advances in the field and how they can be used to improve recovery from trauma-related disorders.

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Trauma and Complexity: From Self to Cells

Traumatic life events exert effects that can be anything but simple. Such complexity is evident in the interaction between traumatic event characteristics (e.g., different kinds of trauma exposure; military vs. civilian, sexual vs. non-sexual) and person characteristics (e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation). Complexity is further revealed by the fact that trauma affects not only specific individuals but  the social relationships within which they are embedded, including intimate partners, peers, and family members through to larger communities, countries and cultures. Trauma can also be understood as a complex temporal process that unfolds over multiple timescales, including over the course of a single event, developmental period, lifetime course, and period in history. Finally, as implied by the meeting subtitle, the experience and outcomes of traumatic stress take place across multiple levels, beginning with first-person self-experience that is encoded and further recursively expressed through myriad neurobiological markers. This meeting invites presentations that help us understand and embrace the full complexity of responses to and recovery from trauma exposure. 

Keynote Presentations

Joop de Jong, MD, PhD, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands
Christine Heim, PhD,
Charit√© Universit√§tsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Kenneth Kendler, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Master Clinicians

Bethany Brand, PhD, Towson University, USA
Julian Ford, PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center, USA
Michael Mithoefer, MD, Private Practice, USA

Master Methodologists

Yochai Ataria, PhD, Tel Hai Academic College, Israel
Angelique Cramer, PhD, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nnamdi Pole, PhD, Smith College, USA