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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 numerous awards including the Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholars Award ($1,000) 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

Student Section Leadership

Student Section Chair, 2019-2021

Lia-Smith-(1).jpg  Lia J. Smith, M.A., is a doctoral student at the University of Houston in the United States. Her research interests focus on the risk (e.g., sleep disturbance, distress intolerance) and resilience (e.g., mindfulness, hope) processes at the intersection of trauma, substance use disorders, and health disparities.

Student Section Vice Chair, 2019-2021

AnndeGraaff.jpg  Anne M de Graaff, M.A., is a doctoral student at VU University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her PhD research focuses on the evaluation of a scalable, psychological program for Syrian refugees in the Netherlands, which is part of the EU Horizon2020-funded STRENGTHS project in countries in Europe and the Middle East.


Student Representatives are responsible for the organization of year-round activities for ISTSS student members, such as:
  • Annual Meeting events, including a Student Luncheon in which students network with both their peers and luminaries in the field; and a Student Networking Fair that connects students with internship and post-doc sites globally;
  • Pre-annual meeting activities, including student participation in the Paper in a day workshop and Abstract Reviewing Programme;
  • Engaging students through professional development opportunities; social media; and bi-monthly Student focused newsletters;
  • And much more!

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Join the ISTSS Student Section Facebook group, follow the section on Twitter and join the LinkedIn group.