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Presidents Message
StressPoints
Date posted: 05/17/2022
Topic: COVID-19
I know I am not alone in that the ISTSS Annual Meeting is one of the highlights of my year. The opportunity to gather as a community of traumatic stress professionals, to connect with old and new colleagues who become friends, and to learn about all of the cutting-edge science and clinical practice occurring across the globe is uplifting and energizing. One of the highlights of my ISTSS presidency thus far has been collaborating with the talented and hardworking 2022 Annual Meeting Committee Chairs Drs. Jennifer Sumner and Sierra Carter, Co-Chairs Drs. Isaac Galatzer-Levy and Joanne Mouthaan, and ISTSS Staff Members Raven Hardin and Dr. Diane Elmore Borbon. Your Annual Meeting Committee has an exciting and dynamic program in the works.
 
President's Message
Date posted: 01/27/2022
Topic: COVID-19
The New Year is a time marked by reflections of the past and hopes for the future. I am truly honored to serve as ISTSS President. I am humbled to stand on the shoulders of the giants who have come before me to build and guide ISTSS into the premier traumatic stress organization that it is, one that so many of us call our professional home. 
Research Methods: The Promise and Pitfalls of Internet-Based Sampling
StressPoints
Date posted: 01/27/2022
Topic: COVID-19
Internet-based sampling has become commonplace in trauma research. The potential of internet-based studies was highlighted during COVID-19 with a multitude of online surveys launched across the world. However, there are some aspects of internet-based sampling that should be considered as we examine the body of literature that has emerged from this research and attempt to draw conclusions.
SIG Spotlight: ISTSS Trauma & Technology Special Interest Group
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/30/2021
Topic: COVID-19
Technology has been integrated into research and clinical services for traumatic stress populations for decades. However, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an exponential shift to virtual work for many researchers, clinicians and health care providers as they continued to enroll participants in ongoing research, engage patients in trauma-informed mental health services, or conduct other day-to-day responsibilities. This global health crisis presented a critical need for mental health service systems to make digital health resources available and accessible to individuals following traumatic events.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted patients receiving PTSD care?
Date posted: 08/16/2021
Topic: COVID-19
One of the biggest changes to the mental health landscape since the onset of the pandemic has been the rapid and wide-scale switch from in-person therapy to telehealth. The adoption of telehealth may represent a silver lining to the pandemic, insofar as telehealth can increase the availability and convenience of psychotherapy. Born out of necessity to maintain physical distancing imperatives, this shift is likely to be permanent for at least some portion of mental health care provision. 
President’s Message
Date posted: 04/1/2021
Topic: COVID-19
As I was reading Dr. Debra Kaysen’s March 2020 President’s Message to find inspiration, it became quickly evident that what she wrote last year still rings true today, one full year later: “We are in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic that has upended most of our lives in ways that six [18, now] months ago would have been impossible to fathom.” However, while many things have remained the same, others have also significantly changed over the past year. I would therefore like to start this March 2021 message by amending Dr. Kaysen’s message and reminding us all that “we are in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic that has [taught us how to solve problems in creative and ingenious ways that 12] months ago would have been impossible to fathom.”
Prospective Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Childhood Trauma-Exposed Individuals
Date posted: 03/12/2021
Topic: COVID-19
Since the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic in March 2020 (World Health Organization, 2020), extensive public health actions to slow down the spread of the virus (e.g., social distancing, self-isolation) have been implemented worldwide. While these actions were implemented “to flatten the curve”, they also come along with an enormous impact on public mental health. Investigating mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the general population and vulnerable groups has thus been proposed as an immediate research priority (Holmes et al., 2020)
SIG Spotlight: COVID-19, Mental Health and Physical Activity
StressPoints
Date posted: 04/1/2021
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered people’s lives, exacerbated existing health inequalities and increased the risk for mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (1). One important determinant of mental and physical health that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is physical activity. While necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, social distancing regulations and quarantine measures, such as curfews, and the closure of public parks and gyms have meaningfully reduced opportunities for physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour (2).
President's Message
Date posted: 01/28/2021
Topic: COVID-19

I am truly honored and humbled to serve as the president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, especially during these trying times due to the global pandemic. 

I can only start this column by addressing how challenging 2020 was for us all. 2020 will be remembered as a year that saw a range of unprecedented threats to the existence and welfare of our communities and to our planet as a whole, with events ranging from major wildfires to mounting political tensions to a global pandemic.

Bringing Greater Resilience to Our Communities with GRIT
Date posted: 11/1/2020
Topic: COVID-19
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to take hold across the United States, the National Institute for Human Resilience (NIHR) created GRIT – Greater Resilience Intervention Teams. The purpose of GRIT is to train volunteers in the community to promote wellness and resilience support to fellow community members – friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances – in the wake of the stress caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and future disasters.
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