Awards and Honors
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Awards and Honors

ISTSS's awards are presented every year at an awards ceremony at the ISTSS Annual Meeting. View the Call for Awards Nominations page for information about nomination procedures.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award

Robert S. Laufer, PhD, Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement

Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence

Public Advocacy Award

Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma Study

Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars

ISTSS Student Poster Award

Other Awards 

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is the highest honor given to a an individual who has made great lifetime contributions to the field of traumatic stress.

2014  Stevan Hobfoll, PhD
2013  Frank W. Putnam, MD
2012  Professor Alexander McFarlane AO MBBS (Hons), MD, Dip. Psychother, FRANZCP
2011  Mark Creamer, PhD
2010  Joseph A. Boscarino, PhD, MPH
2009  Roger K. Pitman, MD
2008  Dean Kilpatrick, PhD
2007  Arieh Shalev, MD
2006  Louis Crocq, MD, PhD
2005  William Yule, PhD
2004  Terence M. Keane, PhD
2003  Frank Ochberg, MD
2002  Yael Danieli, PhD
2001  Robert S. Pynoos, MD, MPH
2000  Robert Ursano, MD
1999  Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD
1998  Bessel van der Kolk, MD
1997  Edna Foa, PhD
1996  Judith L. Herman, MD
1995  Lars Weisaeth, MD
1994  Charles R. Figley PhD
1993  Ann Burgess, DNSc
1992  Henry Krystal, MD
1991  Lawrence C. Kolb
1990  William Niederland
1989  Leo Eitinger, MD
1988  James Titchener, MD
1987  Beverly Raphael, MD
1986  Mardi J. Horowitz, MD
1985  Robert Jay Lifton, MD

Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award

The award was established by Dr. Yael Danieli in commemoration of her father and mother. This award recognizes excellence in the traumatic stress field by an individual who has completed his or her training within the last five years.  For men or women with primary childcare responsibilities, one year per child can be added up to an eight-year limit post training. For example, an individual who completed his or her post-doctoral fellowship in 2004 and has two children would be eligible until 2011. The traumatic stress field may include research, clinical work, advocacy, policy, clergy or media. The definition of training includes clinical internship, post-doctoral training and medical residency.  Please note that the criteria for this award have been updated as of 2011.

2014  Erika Wolf, PhD
2013  Katie A. McLaughlin, PhD
2012  Robert H. Pietrzak, PhD, MPH 
2011  Wietse A. Tol, PhD
2010  Ananda Amstadter, PhD
2009  Matthew T. Tull, PhD
2008  Richard Meiser-Stedman, PhD
2007  Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH
2006  Casey Taft, PhD
2005  Karestan Koenen, PhD
2004  Christine Heim, PhD
2003  Jon D. Elhai, PhD
2002  Mark Van Ommeren, PhD
2001  Alison Holman, PhD
2000  Lisa M. Shin, PhD
1999  Michael D. Debellis, MD
1998  Allison Harvey, PhD
1997  Lisa Najavits PhD and Caron Zlotnick, PhD
1996  J. Douglas Bremner, MD
1995  Inge Bramsen, PhD
1994  Frank W. Weathers, PhD
1993  Juesta M. Caddell, PhD and Eve Carlson, PhD
1992  Brett T. Litz, PhD
1991  Rachel Yehuda, PhD
1990  Susan B. Sorenson, Ph.D.
1989  John H. Krystal, M.D.

Robert S. Laufer, PhD, Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement

This award is given to an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the field of traumatic stress. Robert S. Laufer, PhD, was a sociologist who made early and important contributions to the field of traumatic stress and PTSD through his research on the effects of war experiences on Vietnam combat veterans.  Laufer was Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and an author of the groundbreaking study of returning veterans entitled Legacies of Vietnam: Comparative Adjustment of Veterans and Their Peers, published in 1981, with Arthur Egendorf, Ellen Frey-Wouters, and others.  Laufer and colleagues expanded the concept of combat exposure to include multiple dimensions.  In particular, he focused on witnessing or participating in abusive violence, an important new focus for a guerilla war where there were no front lines, and where enemy combatants and civilians were often difficult to distinguish. He found that abusive violence followed from more extreme exposure to combat, and was associated with distinctive psychological and behavioral outcomes, including different aspects of PTSD. Laufer died prematurely of cancer in 1989 at the age of 47.  This award is made in his memory.

2013  Professor Chris Brewin
2012  Alexander Neumeister, MD 
2011  Kerry James Ressler, MD, PhD
2010  Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD
2009  Paula P. Schnurr, PhD
2008  Naomi Breslau, PhD
2007  Scott Orr, PhD
2006  Stevan Hobfoll, PhD
2005  Fran Norris, PhD
2004  Patricia Resick, PhD
2003  Alexander McFarlane, MD
2002  Daniel King, PhD, and Lynda King, PhD
2001  Richard Bryant, PhD
2000  David W. Foy, PhD
1999  John Briere, PhD
1998  Rachel Yehuda, PhD
1997  Zahava Solomon, PhD
1996  Terence M. Keane, PhD
1995  Arik Shalev MD
1994  Roger K. Pitman, MD
1993  Bonnie L. Green, PhD
1992  Lars Weisaeth, MD
1991  The Principal Investigators of the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study

Richard Kulka, PhD
William Schlenger, PhD
John A. Fairbank, PhD
Richard Hough, PhD
B, Kathleen Jordan, PhD
Charles Marmar, MD
Daniel Weiss, PhD

Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence

This award is given to a clinician or group of clinicians in direct service to traumatized individuals. This written and/or verbal communication to the field must exemplify the work of Sarah Haley. Sarah Haley, MSW, was a psychiatric social worker in the VA clinic in Boston, now a part of VA Boston Healthcare System.  Beginning with her treatment of a My Lai veteran who was severely distressed and unable to remember aspects of his highly traumatizing experiences in Vietnam, at a time when traumatic experiences were rarely the focus of treatment, she sat with hundreds of veterans who gradually were able to trust her enough to tell their horrific narratives.  Working with these men, who repulsed or frightened many other therapists, led to her landmark article entitled When the Patient Reports Atrocities: Specific Treatment Considerations of the Vietnam Veteran, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 1974.  She established that the Vietnam veteran who had witnessed or taken part in atrocities presented a new and difficult challenge to psychotherapy, one that took courage and conviction on the part of the therapist to help bring about healing.  Haley died prematurely of cancer in 1989 at the age of 50. This award is made in her memory.

2014  Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS
2013  Elizabeth A. Hembree, PhD
2012  Judith A. Cohen, MD
2011  EMDR-Humanitarian Assistance Programs
           Vanessa Kelly, PsyD
2010  Stuart Turner, MD, MA, FRCP, FRCPsych
2009  Linda A. Piwowarczyk, MD, MPH
2008  Charles Zeanah, Jr., MD
2007  Howard Osofsky, MD, PhD, and Joy Osofsky, PhD
2006  Anica Mikus Kos, MD
2005  Minna Barrett, PhD, and Thomas Demaria, PhD
2004  Greg Passey, MD
2003  Christine A. Courtois, PhD
2002  Robert Abramovitz, MD
2001  James F. Munroe, EdD
2000  Medecins sans Frontieres -- Doctors without Borders
1999  L ucy Berliner, MSW
1998  Sandra L. Bloom, MD
1997  Laura Brown, PhD
1996  Mary Harvey, PhD and Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD
1994  Chaim F Shatan, MD

Public Advocacy Award

This award is given for outstanding and fundamental contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma.

2014  Bruce Shapiro
2013  NATAL: Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War
2012  Jacqueline Garrick, LCSW-C
2011  Lisa K. Bernhardt, MPP
2010  Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD
2009  Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD
2008  Ellen Gerrity, PhD
2007  The Honorable Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator, Maryland
2006  Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD
2005  Anne DePrince, PhD
2004  Beth Hudnall Stamm, PhD
2003  Senator Tom Harkin
2002  William W. Harris, PhD, and David B Harris

Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma Study

This award recognizes significant contributions by clinicians and researchers on the relationship of media and trauma. Frank Ochberg, MD, has been a leading mental health authority since the 1960s and a founding board member of ISTSS. He edited the first text on treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and served on the committee that defined PTSD.

2014  E. Alison Holman, PhD, FNP
           Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD
2013  Journalists' Critical Incident Stress (CIS) Research Group
2012  Lauren Wolfe
2011  Stephen J. Cozza, MD
2010  Liselotte Englund, PhD
2009  Elana Newman, PhD
2008  Roger A. Simpson, PhD
2007  Samoon Ahmad, MD
2006  Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD and Ervin Staub, PhD
2005  Anthony Feinstein, MD, PhD
2004  Betty Pfefferbaum, PhD

Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars

This award is presented to Student Members who submit proposals judged to have the greatest potential to contribute to the field of traumatic stress. The Scholars are named in honor of Dr. Frank W. Putnam, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the field of traumatic stress research, his service to children and families around the world, and his decades of mentorship and service to the Society.  Previously known as the Student Research Grant Program, the Frank W. Putnam Research Scholars Program was endowed by anonymous donors who are friends and colleagues of Dr. Putnam.

2014  Charlotte Heleniak, Diana Bennett
2013  Sarah Campbell, Janie Jun
2012  Jon G. Caldwell, Lauren Szkodny
2011  Samantha Angelakis, Dana Garfin, MA
2010  Catheine Caska, Sean Sheppard
2009  Cecilia Martinez-Torteya and Ryan Matlow
2008  Joseph Franklin and Ihori Kobayashi
2007  Lori Gray and Melissa Milanak
2006  Ann Chu and Sarah Ostrowski
2005  Lorraine Stewart, MS and Erika Wolf, ALB
2004  Nicole Nugent and Lindsay Smart
2003  Rachel Guthrie and Maria Padun
2002  Margaret Butkereit
2001  Anne Dietrich and Monique LeBlanc
2000  Jodie M. Ambrosino and Michaela Mendelsohn

ISTSS Student Poster Award

This award is presented annually to recognize excellent work in a poster submission to the ISTSS Annual Meeting

BreAnne Danzi -- First Place
Nicola Bernard -- Honorable Mention
Jennifer Khoury -- Honorable Mention

Brian Smith -- First Place
Abigail Ross -- Honorable Mention
Levent Sipahi -- Honorable Mention

Yukie Shiratori -- First Place
Erin Clifton -- Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Marks -- Honorable Mention

Stephanie Keller--First Place
Dorthie Cross--Honorable Mention
Nicole Kramer--Honorable Mention

Adam Morris--First Place
Leah James, MS, LLMSW--Honorable Mention
Laura Pielmaier--Honorable Mention

Archana Basu, MA--First Place
Sheila Frankfurt, BA--Honorable Mention
Philip Held, BA--Honorable Mention

Rachel Moore, BA--First Place
Maria Pacella, BA--Honorable Mention
Katherine Thomas, BA--Honorable Mention

Isabeau Bousquet Des Groseilliers--First Place
Mark Gapen--Honorable Mention

Brittain Lamoureux--First Place
April Fritch--Honorable Mention
Chih-Hsun Wu--Honorable Mention

Eve Sledjeski--First Place
Lori Gray--Honorable Mention
Birgit Kleim--Honorable Mention

Jennifer Greif--First Place
Sari Gold--Honorable Mention
Daryl Schrock--Honorable Mention

Lisa McTeague--First Place
Nicole Nugent--Honorable Mention
Alessandra Rellini--Honorable Mention
Marit Sijbrandij--Honorable Mention

Christian Menard

Iris M. Englehard--First Place
Angela Dixon--Honorable Mention

Amy Busch--First Place
Iris M. Englehard--Second Place
M. Laurie Conrad--Third Place
Renee Dominquez--Honorable Mention

Other Awards

Conference on Innovations in Trauma Research Methods (CITRM)

This award is presented for outstanding contribution to trauma research methodology for creating and managing the Conference on Innovations in Trauma Research Methods (CITRM).

Daniel King, PhD
Lynda King, PhD
Elisa Triffleman, MD
Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH
Dean Lauterbach, PhD
Patrick Palmieri, PhD