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Paper in a Day

Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Plus Pre- and Post-Meeting Assignments

Maximum: 16 Participants

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Deadline: September 1, 2022 

Paper in a Day grew out of a wish to foster collaborations between young researchers from around the world. Many of these researchers will be future leaders in the domain of posttraumatic mental health and the field will benefit from their partnerships and teamwork. Paper in a Day is designed to stimulate international connections and the exchange of ideas by working on a tangible outcome: a brief paper or commentary for a peer-reviewed journal. This will be an intensive, productive, and enjoyable day. The aim of the exercise, firstly, is to stimulate international collaboration and exchange among early career researchers, and, secondly, to write a manuscript that will be submitted for publication. Previous editions have led to journal articles, conference contributions, and lasting collaborations. Because Paper in a Day will take place prior to the ISTSS annual meeting, participants will have the opportunity to follow up with new and old colleagues during the conference.

The PIAD projects are part of the Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress, a worldwide network of researchers and clinicians working together on traumatic stress topics of global importance, of which ISTSS is a partner.

For the current PIAD, we will work on open access data from HealthTalk and The Global Psychotrauma Screen. For more information, see Projects.


After registration, participants will be assigned to a team that works on a joint paper. Appr. 4 weeks prior to the workshop, participants will individually prepare (e.g., read relevant articles, draft sections of the paper). The workshop will include plenary discussions, analysis time and writing time in subgroups. Following the workshop, the draft will be finalized for submission.


In order to make the event a success, we ask participants to commit to:

a) Prepare in advance of the meeting - dedicate eight hours prior to the workshop.
b) Be present for the entire workshop.
c) Contribute to the final editing and preparation for submission in the aftermath of the workshop.

How to Participate

This event is aimed at early career academics who have obtained their PhD after November 2019 or who are in the final stages of submission. If you would like to participate, please sign up here by September 1, 2022 with the following information:

1) A short CV listing your publications;
2) A statement that you commit to the required preparation, attendance, and follow-up activities as described above. 
There is limited availability (max. 16 participants) and we aim for global representation, so selection may apply. We will inform you of your participation in the first week of September 2022.  There is a USD20 registration fee for this workshop; coffee/tea, lunch, and snacks are included.
Please note: The Paper in a Day workshop is exclusive to attendees of the ISTSS 2022 Annual Meeting 9-12 November.


Project A. An Exploration of Trauma-Related Symptoms and Symptom Patterns Across the World 

Project leaders: Dr Hope Christie and Dr Anke de Haan
This PIAD workshop will have a cross-country focus, using a database containing over 10000 responses from participants worldwide, who are 16+ years in age. We are interested in cross-country differences in trauma-related symptoms and symptom patterns, as captured by the Global Psychotrauma Screen (GPS). We will explore the role of trauma characteristics and risk and protective factors across countries.
The GPS has been developed by a group of international experts (see Olff et al., 2020; Schnyder et al., 2017) and is available in over 30 different languages. The GPS was developed in order to address the need for a brief instrument to assess potential acute or long-term consequences of stressful and/or traumatic events, that go beyond PTSD symptoms alone. Domains covered by the GPS include, but are not limited to: PTSD, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Further information about the instrument can be found here

Project B. A Qualitative Analysis of the role of PTSD and PTG in Family Experiences of having a relative in Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States 
Project leaders: Dr Anna Denejkina and Dr Yaara Sadeh
To understand the role of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and posttraumatic growth (PTG) on family members with a relative in a Vegetative and/or Minimally Conscious State, this study will undertake a qualitative thematic analysis of interview transcripts of 65 individuals from the UK. 

A grounded theory and inductive approach are implemented to identify other mental health and wellbeing impacts on family members, to apply a transdiagnostic approach to PTSD and PTG alongside other wellbeing and mental health impacts on family members with a relative in vegetative and minimally conscious states. 
The interview transcripts cover topics including hope, care and treatment, making decisions, impact on the family and reflections on consciousness, recovery and the end of life, and have been broadly bucketed into 1. critical care, 2. longer term care, 3. impact on family and friends, 4. ongoing decision, and 5. death and dying, for analyses to examine the role of PTSD and PTG in each category, and specifically in relation to unresolved grief, guilt and exhaustion. 
Questions about the content of the projects can be addressed to Dr. Hope Christie for Project A and Dr. Yaara Sadeh for Project B. For questions about the registration process, please contact Tonya Cabrera.