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Introduction: The authors of this article, Sarah Reiland, MS, and Dean Lauterbach, PhD, will present a poster, "Trauma Attributions and Attributional Style as Predictors of PTSD Symptoms," at the ISTSS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. 

For those who conduct trauma research, the Fourth Annual Conference on Innovations in Trauma Research Methods (CITRM) held in Baltimore, Maryland, is the place to be this November 13–14. CITRM will immediately precede the ISTSS Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-17. This year’s conference theme is “Research Methods for Studying Violence and Trauma in Children, Intimate Partners, and Families.”

CITRM, an outgrowth of ISTSS’s Research Methodology Special Interest Group, is geared toward both novice and experienced researchers. Its goals are to: (1) strengthen the methodological rigor of trauma research, (2) develop creative solutions to thorny design and analysis issues unique to trauma research, (3) supplement and enhance the training of novice researchers, (4) enhance diffusion of innovative research methods and designs from other disciplines and specialties, and (5) explore ethical dilemmas and possible solutions in trauma research.

This year’s opening plenary features Dr. John Fairbank, co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. CITRM’s oral presentations cover a broad range of topics related to violence and trauma in children and intimate partners. The first day of the conference will include seminars and workshops on using diary methods to study couples, using Poisson regression, improving survey questions, evaluating treatment effectiveness, and partnering with community agencies to improve research and clinical practice. In addition, the first day will include a session on issues surrounding the analysis of complex survey data. The presentations on November 14 cover conceptual and analytic issues in behavioral genetics, using data visualization and exploration to better understand data trends, comparing methods to assess interpersonal violence, ethical issues in research on interpersonal violence, and statistical models for social network analysis. Although many of the presentations and posters relate to the conference theme, the methods that will be presented can be applied to research on trauma in general. Regardless of your particular research focus within the field of trauma, presentations will likely suggest ways to improve or expand on your current research endeavors.

Join other researchers at various levels of experience and from a variety of specialties to learn about design, statistical, and measurement issues that apply to research in violence and trauma in children, intimate partners, and families. For those already planning to attend the annual ISTSS conference, coming to Baltimore two days early for CITRM will complement the experience without the addition of more travel costs.