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Welcome to the ISTSS Student Section. Did you know student members receive unique benefits and opportunities to enhance their knowledge of research and training in trauma?

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Student Membership Has its Benefits!

  • Save more than $100 on your annual membership fee
  • Save more than $100 on the Annual Meeting registration fee
  • Take advantage of discount rates for ISTSS Online Education Program (webinars, expert trainings and Advanced Training Certificate Program)
  • Enjoy discounts on selected publications from Taylor and Francis, a leading source of trauma journals and texts
  • Receive the Journal of Traumatic Stress and Traumatic StressPoints eNewsletter
  • Access the student listserv - post questions, receive student and trainee related announcements (e.g., postdoctoral fellow positions), provide information and communicate with peers who share similar interests
  • Access to the Members-only section of the website, featuring diagnostic scales and a searchable membership directory of members
  • Access to Members Only online resources - including adult and child assessment instruments, treatment manuals and other validated tools to assist the busy clinician and researcher
  • Eligibility for the Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars Award ($1,000), Student Travel Fund for the Annual Meeting and Student Poster Awards
  • Ability to join a Special Interest Group (SIG)
  • Opportunity to serve in leadership role for Student Section or the Annual Meeting Organizational Committee
  • Volunteer and engage with leaders in the field of traumatic stress across all committees and Special Interest Groups


ISTSS Student Section Representative Election

Are you a student looking for an opportunity to serve with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)?

Applications are being accepted through April 18, 2019, Midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT), for the election of chair and vice chair of the ISTSS Student Section for the November 2019 - November 2021 term. All candidates must be ISTSS Student Members and be willing to serve in the position of vice chair if they are not elected as chair, attaining the second highest number of votes in the student election. The ISTSS Student Section Election will open on August 8, 2019 and conclude on September 12, 2019.

View call for applications details.


Student Section Leadership

Student Section Chair, 2017-2019 

Matthew Luciano, M.S., is a fourth-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Memphis working under the direct mentorship of Dr. Meghan McDevitt-Murphy. Matthew graduated from Syracuse University in 2010, where he studied alcohol use among college students and recovering alcoholics. Prior to graduate school, he worked for two years at the Women's Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD. His primary research interest is in the co-occurrence of PTSD and substance misuse, with a special focus on treatment-related issues (e.g. improving treatment outcomes, integrating technology into treatment, the role of brief interventions). Secondarily, Matthew has an abiding interest in exploring alternative etiologies for co-occurring PTSD and alcohol misuse beyond self-medication (e.g. behavioral economics). Matthew has acted as the Student Co-Chair for the ISTSS Internet and Technology SIG (itSIG) since 2015, and currently serves as the ISTSS Student Section Chair.

Student Section Vice Chairs, 2017-2019

Chelsea M. Cogan, M.A.
, is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Tulsa under the direct supervision of Dr. Joanne L. Davis. Prior to beginning graduate school at the University of Tulsa, she worked at the National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division and the Behavioral Sciences Division in Boston, MA. Her primary research interests are evidenced based psychotherapies for PTSD and ways in which effective treatments can be modified to better treat individuals with comorbidities. Additionally, she is interested in how to better disseminate and implement these therapies. Throughout her career, she has been awarded VA Achievement and Performance Awards as well as various academic honors.
Anushka Patel, M.A., is from Bombay, India. She studied psychology and cross-cultural studies at Carleton College. Following graduation, Anushka completed her research assistantship at Harvard University. She assisted in research evaluating treatments for depression, anxiety, ADHD and conduct problems among youth. 
Anushka is currently a fourth year doctoral student, studying clinical psychology at The University of Tulsa under Dr. Elana Newman's tutelage. Anushka is passionate about research that lies at the intersection of gender, trauma, and poverty. Given the high prevalence of gender-based violence in India, Anushka began to explore psychological distress of impoverished women following such experiences. She conducted a needs assessment of trauma survivors and key informants from slums in Bombay to understand key idioms of distress, clinical needs, and gaps in care. Anushka's future goal is to integrate her research and clinical passions by culturally adapting evidence-based trauma treatments for marginalised groups in low-income settings. 

Leadership for the student section includes a Chair and Vice Chair, who oversee the section, plan student-focused activities and events for the annual conference (including luncheons, internship and postdoc networking fairs, panels, presentations, and other social events) and manage the student awards.  These individuals are elected into these positions by the student membership and serve two-year terms.