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ISTSS is run by a committed group of elected and unelected volunteers from the various trauma-related disciplines around the world. The organization is governed by: Board of Directors consisting of 21 members, including a membership-elected Executive Committee and several ex-officio (non-voting) members.

Each year, ISTSS holds an open election to fill expiring board terms and the President-Elect position. Board Members serve a three year term and the President serves for one year.


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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of: President, Vice President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Past-President. Executive Committee members also serve as members of the Board of Directors.


To support organizational excellence through engagement of ISTSS membership and development of new leadership. Executive Liaison to: Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee, Annual Meeting Organizing Committee, Data Committee, Effective Treatments Book Task Force and History of ISTSS Task Force. View bio > > >

Vice President

To identify mechanisms to increase sense of professional home and to support collaboration and effective exchange of knowledge among ISTSS research, practitioners and policymakers. Executive Liaison to: Special Interest Groups, Awards Committee, Student Grant Committee, Travel Grants Committee, Student Section, Diversity Committee, Membership Committee and Membership Policy Task Force. View bio > > >


To protect and increase the Society's resources. Executive Liaison to: Audit Committee, Finance Committee. View bio > > >


To promote communication and exchange of knowledge within and beyond ISTSS through development in new media and communication technology. Executive Liaison to: Online Learning, Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS) Editor, Traumatic StressPoints Editor, Website Editor and Social Networking Administrator. View bio > > >


To guide development of an organizational model that is responsive to issues, members and stakeholders from all nations. Executive Liaison to: Nominations Committee, International Structure & Affiliations Committee, World Congress Meeting (Mexico City), Global Initiative Task Force, Organizational Excellence Task Force and Complex Trauma Task Force. View bio > > >


To promote advancement of societal impact through influence on policy activities and strengthening relationships to other organizations. Executive Liaison to: Trauma and Public Health Task Force, Public Health & Policy Committee, Nominations Committee, Journal of Traumatic Stress Editor Search Task Force and Journal of Traumatic Stress “Future Thinking” Task Force. View bio > > >

2018-2019 Executive Committee


Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Board Term 2017-2020
Dr. Ford is a board certified clinical psychologist and tenured Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law where he is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice and the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. His work focuses on developing and validating psychometric assessments (including the Traumatic Events Screening Instrument, and the Developmental Trauma Disorder Structured Interview) and psychosocial interventions (including TARGET: Trauma Affect Regulation-Guide for Education and Therapy, and PCT: Present Centered Therapy) for traumatized youth, adults and families, as well as clinical epidemiological studies traumatic victimization and healthcare utilization.


Ananda Amstadter, PhD
Vice President
Board Term 2018-2021

Dr. Amstadter is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Human & Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her program of research focuses on understanding biologic and psychosocial factors that affect the trajectory of symptoms among individuals exposed to trauma (e.g., combat, disasters, interpersonal violence) with a focus on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol-related phenotypes.


Marit Sijbrandij, PhD
Board Term 2016-2019

Dr. Sijbrandij is Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology of the VU University Amsterdam. Her research is focused on the prevention, early detection and treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms following trauma in a global context. She is also board member of the Dutch Society of Traumatic Stress.


Carolina Salgado, MD
Term 2018-2021

Dr. Carolina Salgado is the president of the recently formed Chilean Association of Traumatic Stress.  She was one of the primary initiators and coordinators of the first international meeting of traumatic stress held last year with ISTSS in Chile. She is the clinical psychiatrist at the Trauma Center of the Psychology Department of the University of Talca and at the Out-Patient Public Mental Health Center (COSAM) in Talca, Chile, also, an adjunct professor at the Medical School of the University of Talca. Her research investigations focus on early trauma and its impact on the psychopathology development during adulthood and/or IPV (intimate partner violence) involving patients from both public and private mental health services.


Diane Elmore Borbon, PhD, MPH
Immediate Past President
Board Term 2016-2019

Dr. Diane Elmore Borbon is the Washington, DC-based Director of the Policy Program for the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, which coordinates the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the American University.  Her work focuses on the translation and dissemination of scientific and clinical knowledge to policymakers, government leaders, and key decision makers on public health and trauma policy issues to address the needs of underserved populations.

Image Debra L. Kaysen, PhD, ABPP
Board Term 2018-2021

Dr. Kaysen is a Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department and directs the Trauma Recovery Innovations program with adjunct positions in the Departments of Psychology and of Global Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Kaysen’s research is situated at the interface of PTSD and addictions and includes both etiologic and prevention/treatment-oriented studies. Other research addresses the development, adaptation, and implementation of evidence-based practices for trauma-exposed individuals who would otherwise have difficulty accessing care including in low and middle income countries and among underserved populations within the United States.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Maureen A. Allwood, PhD
Board Term 2018-2021

Dr. Allwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY). Her research and clinical interests focus on the developmental effects of trauma and violence exposure in youth, particularly on how systems interact to predict negative outcomes, such as school failure, delinquency, substance use, poor health, and suicide among trauma-exposed youth. Her work also focuses on the impact of trauma exposure on minority, immigrant, and refugee mental health, and accessibility to trauma-informed, developmentally-informed, and culturally-informed services.
Bui_Eric-150-x-200.jpg T.H. Eric Bui, MD, PhD
Board Term 2017-2020
Dr. Bui is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently serves as the Interim Director for Research at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as the Associate Director for Research at Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program. His research focuses on improving our understanding and treatment of stressor-related conditions, such as PTSD and Complicated Grief.
Chae_Jeong-Ho.jpg Jeong-Ho Chae, MD, PhD
Board Term 2017-2020
Dr. Chae is the Chairperson and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, The Catholic University of Korea. His research and clinical interests focus on the resilience and recovery after trauma. He is a principal investigator of the National Trauma and Disaster Cohort Registry funded by Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare that is a large scale prospective study for registering subjects with trauma experiences. He is the founding president of Korean Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (KSTSS) and a chairman of the Trauma and Mental Health Committee of Korean Neuropsychiatric Association.

Joanne L. Davis, PhD
Board Term 2017-2020

Dr. Davis is the Executive Director of The University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice (TITAN), Director of the Trauma Research, Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment Center (TRAPT) and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of Tulsa. Her research interests include the assessment, treatment, and prevention of interpersonal violence and its effects. In recent years she has focused on the assessment and treatment of chronic nightmares and other sleep disturbances in trauma-exposed persons.

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Board Term 2017-2020
Dr. Felix is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a licensed psychologist in private practice. Her research centers on understanding the individual, relational, and contextual factors that promote positive youth development or recovery despite contexts of risk, trauma, or stress. Her work spans three related areas: (1) promoting adaptive recovery for youth following disaster, terrorism, or other collectively-experienced traumas, (2) youth victimization and its consequences, and (3) research and evaluation to improve community-based services. She has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, private foundations, and local community organizations. She is engaged in systems change and advocacy work to address human trafficking, and serves on the Santa Barbara County Human Trafficking Taskforce.
Ghafoori.jpg Bita Ghafoori, PhD
Board Term: 2018-2019
Dr. Ghafoori is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and Director of the CSULB Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center. Dr. Ghafoori has an active program of research focusing on dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatments for culturally diverse individuals and understanding disparities in mental health care for impoverished trauma-exposed individuals.

Brian J. Hall, PhD 
Board Term 2016-2019

Dr. Hall is the Director of the Global and Community Mental Health Research Group at the University of Macau, in Macau (SAR), China, where he is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a visiting professorship at the Sun Yat-sen School of Public Health, in the Center for Migrant Health Policy, in Guangzhou, China. His research focuses on epidemiologic investigations into social determinants of population health, the consequences of adversity and traumatic stress, and developing and evaluating culturally appropriate interventions to address health disparities among migrants and other marginalized populations.

Markus A. Landolt, PhD
Board Term 2016-2019

Dr. Landolt is the Head of Pediatric Psychology at the University Children's Hospital in Zurich (Switzerland) and an Extraordinary Professor for Child and Adolescent Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zurich. His clinical work as well as his research focuses on various topics of trauma in children and adolescents (incl. very young children), specifically on understanding the impact of medical trauma and maltreatment on children and on developing early screening measures and interventions for injured children, adolescents, and their families.

Brian P. Marx, PhD
Board Term 2016-2019

Dr. Marx is a Psychologist/Investigator for the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD in the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry for Boston University School of Medicine.
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Board Term: 2018-2021

Dr. Angela Nickerson is Associate Professor and Director of the Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. She is a clinical psychologist, and Director of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Program at UNSW. Her research focuses on understanding psychological and social mechanisms underpinning refugee and asylum-seeker mental health, with the ultimate goal of informing policy and clinical practice.
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Board Term: 2018-2021
Dr. Misari Oe is a psychiatrist and the head of the Counseling Center at the Kurume University Hospital, Japan. She is also a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Neuropsychiatry, Kurume University School of Medicine.
She has a wide range of study fields, including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, psychoendocrinology, psychophysiology, social psychiatry, epidemiology, and disaster psychiatry. She is also a board member of the Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (JSTSS).
Schmahl_Christian.jpg Christian Schmahl, MD
Board Term 2017-2020
Christian Schmahl is Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Medical Director of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on emotion regulation, self-injurious behavior and dissociation as well as the interaction of neurobiology and psychotherapy in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.  His clinical programs focus on the treatment of adolescent and adult patients with complex PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Soraya Seedat, MBChB, MMED Psych (SA), FC PSYCH (SA), PhD 
Board Term 2016-2019

Soraya Seedat is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and the executive head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. She holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Her research focuses on gene-brain-environmental factors that are contributory to increasing or decreasing individual risk for PTSD and on evaluating psychotherapeutic interventions for youth PTSD that can be scaled up in low resource contexts. 
Stensland.jpg Synne Øien Stensland, MD, PhD
Board Term: 2018-2021

Dr. Stensland is senior researcher and medical doctor with a specialty in paediatrics working at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS), and the Communication- and research unit for musculoskeletal disorders, Division for neuroscience and musculoskeletal medicine (FORMI), Oslo University Hospital, in Norway. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of traumatic events on the somatic health and well-being of children and adolescents growing into young adults.
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Board Term 2017-2020

Dr. Street is a clinical psychologist and the Deputy Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Street has an active program of research investigating the causes and correlates of interpersonal trauma, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence in veteran and civilian populations.

Ex-Officio Board Positions and Representatives

Association de Langue Francaise pour l'Etude du Stress et du Traumatisme (ALFEST)
Professor Humbert Boisseaux

Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)
Associate Professor Jane Shakespeare-Finch

Canadian Psychological Association, Traumatic Stress Section (CPA TSS)
Anne Wagner, PhD, C.Psych.

Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft Fur Psychotraumatologie (DeGPT)
A. Univ. Prof. Dr. med. Astrid Lampe

European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
PD Dr. Ingo Schäfer, MPH

Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (JSTSS)
Naoyasu Motomura, MD, PhD

Sociedad Argentina De Psicotrauma(SAPsi)
Daniel Mosca, MD


Journal of Traumatic Stress
Patricia Kerig, PhD

Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc

Rachel Liebman, PhD

Assistant Editors
Damion Grasso, PhD
Katrin Neubacher, PhD

Social Media
Anne Farina

Student Section Chair

Matthew Luciano, M.S.