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Bringing together clinicians and researchers from around the world to advocate for the field of traumatic stress.

Healing Trauma Together

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

Trauma Blog

Predicting long-term outcomes of Iraq War deployment
Posted on 09/09/2023 by Vasterling et al.
In a large cohort of US Army personnel and veterans that were assessed before and after deployment to the Iraq War and at a long-term follow-up assessment, we examined predictors of individual PTSD symptom courses.  Results suggested that in addition to unmodifiable risk factors (e.g., stress exposure), there are potentially modifiable factors (e.g., social support and visual memory processes) that may be a target for preventive efforts. 
A Mother’s Pain: Vicarious Traumatic Stress After Race-Related Violence
Posted on 09/09/2023 by Printz & Milan
Have you ever wondered how people are impacted by the mass publicization of race-related violence? Our study found that one particular group may be at risk for vicarious trauma, while another may experience a decrease in trauma symptoms. Learn more in our blog.
A new perspective on the brain basis of PTSD in Veterans involves alterations in both fear and anxiety networks
Posted on 09/01/2023 by Feola & Blackford
PTSD is a common and disabling disorder that impacts many Veterans. This blog discusses our  new study examining how Veterans with PTSD respond to threat in fear and anxiety brain networks. The study findings extend the current understanding of the brain basis of PTSD to include both fear and anxiety networks and highlight new treatment targets.