Trauma & PTSD Organizations
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies ISTSS (see description on the
Resources Page) is the primary international professional organization in this field.
National Center for PTSD This site has information about the seven divisions making up the VA’s National Center for PTSD, and
fact sheetson various aspects of PTSD.
The PTSD Alliance An alliance of several professional and advocacy organizations, seeking to educate individuals diagnosed with PTSD.
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies ASTSS hosted the third world trauma conference in Melbourne, Australia, in March 2000.
European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies The ESTSS website includes society bulletins, conference report, and European trauma links.
UK Trauma Group This British site provides information on trauma and on the various traumatic stress reactions, including PTSD.
Trauma Clinic, London Website for Dr. Stuart Turner’s Trauma Clinic, in London, with information on trauma and traumatic-stress reactions.
The Traumatic Stress Centre (Wales) Trauma website in Wales includes information about services, and a PDF book-length
American Psychological Association’s Trauma Psychology Division Division 56, the newest division of the APA, is focused solely on trauma psychology.
European Society for Trauma and Dissociation ESTD aims to increase knowledge of all disorders related to chronic traumatization.
Foundation Centrum ’45: Trauma Treatment English language site of the Dutch center for the treatment of members of the resistance and victims of war.
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Australian site offers PTSD information, as well as resources, links, and treatment.
Canadian Traumatic-Stress Network A Canadian organization’s web site, focused on traumatic stress issues.
Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research & Education CFTRE, in Vancouver BC, is committed to conduct research & train professionals in effectively treating people who suffer trauma symptoms.
Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. TIP establishes chapters of volunteers who provide support to emotionally traumatized citizens immediately after tragedy.
Trauma & PTSD Individuals
Michael Anderson, PhD Dr. Anderson’s Memory Control Lab at University of Oregon focuses on inhibitory controls in suppressing unwanted memories.
Ted Beauchaine, PhD Ted Beauchaine’s lab at the University of Washington; publications available.
Sandra Bloom, MD Dr. Bloom (& colleagues) developed the Sanctuary Model to meet the complex problems presented by trauma survivors.
Chris Brewin, PhD Dr. Brewin, at University College London, researches memory in relation to psychological problems such as depression & PTSD.
John Briere, PhD Dr. Briere has written extensively on PTSD issues, and is assembling an excellent website.
Laura Brown, PhD Dr. Brown writes, trains and speaks on feminist therapy theory & practice, trauma & memory, diversity, and psychological assessment.
Richard Bryant, PhD Richard Bryant’s Brain Dynamics Center at University of Sydney; some publications available.
Michael De Bellis, MD Dr. De Bellis’s Healthy Childhood Brain Development Program, at Duke University.
Charles Figley, PhD Dr. Figley founded ISTSS, the Traumatic-Stress forum, & Traumatology-e, an electronic journal.
Jennifer Freyd, PhD Dr. Freyd’s Lab at University of Oregon focuses on betrayal trauma theory;
full-text articlesare available.
Pierre Janet A website in honor of Pierre Janet (1859 – 1947), with biographical and bibliographic information (currently in French).
Autobiography of Pierre Janet Autobiographical account, published in 1930, summarizes Janet’s thinking and clinical studies in psychopathology.
Andrew Leeds, PhD Andrew Leeds, a profesional trainer for EMDR, also presents clinical workshops on affect, attachment & self-regulation.
Ian & Barb Macnaughton Ian and Barb Macnaughton’s Neurofeedback Center is in Vancouver BC.
Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD Dr. Ellert Nijenhuis’ website includes his SDQ & TEC scales, publications & abstracts, news, and contact information.
Stephen Porges, PhD Dr. Porges, at University of Illinois – Chicago, studies the vagus nerve and neurobiological approaches to social behavior.
Center for Trauma Recovery This center, at University of Missouri at St. Louis, is home to Patricia Resick, Michael Griffin, and others.
The Rivers Centre Named after WHR Rivers, this Scottish center offers treatment for acute or prolonged stress reactions, including PTSD.
Robert Scaer, MD Dr. Scaer’s Trauma Soma website includes excerpts from his books, an events calendar, and contact information.
Fredric Schiffer, MD Dr. Schiffer’s site describes his book, Of Two Minds, and lists several full-text articles on his novel treatment approach.
Raja Selvam, PhD Dr. Selvam’s Trauma Vidya site describes his trauma first aid work in Tamil Nadu, India.
Dan Siegel, MD Dr. Seigel brings a developmental approach to the interface of relationships and biological processes.
David Spiegel, MD Dr. Spiegel’s Psychosocial Treatment Laboratory website at Stanford University.
Beth Stamm, PhD Dr. Stamm focuses on the crossroads of culture, healthcare, traumatic-stress & technology; includes the ProQOL test.
Traumatic Stress Institute TSI provides professional services for persons whose lives have been affected by traumatic stress.
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Dr. Robert Ursano’s CSTS website, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Paul Valent Dr. Valent is an Australian working with Holocaust and other trauma survivors; see publications &
Onno van der Hart, PhD Dr. Van der Hart’s site includes full-text articles, as well as information about books & other links.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD Dr. Van der Kolk’s Trauma Center is in Massachusetts.
Mount Sinai Traumatic Stress Studies Program Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai in NYC, directs their Traumatic Stress Studies Program.
Trauma & PTSD Education
MIT: OpenCourseWare MIT’s OCW is a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world — 700 courses.
Webcast Berkeley: online courses & speakers at UC Berkeley UC Berkeley courses and speakers, available via webcast or podcast.
Santa Barbara Graduate Institute SBGI offers the first doctoral programs in somatic psychology & prenatal/perinatal psychology.
FSU: Systemic Traumatology Florida State University’s interdivisional PhD program in Systemic Traumatology.
International Trauma Studies Program Now at Columbia University, ITSP offers certificate programs in both international & domestic trauma studies.
Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies The Trauma Center offers a 9-month trauma course for licensed mental health professionals.
Naropa University: Somatic Psychology Naropa University (in Boulder, CO) offers a masters program in Somatic Psychology.
Dubrovnik Summer School of Psychotraumatology Topics emphasize linkage between brain, body and trauma, meaning latest knowledge about neurobiology of psychotrauma.
International Disaster Psychology (MA) University of Denver program trains mental health clinicians to address psychological needs of communities impacted by disasters, including war.
Readings on Trauma & PTSD
PTSD Research Quarterly A part of the National PTSD Center site, this lists issues of the PTSD Research Quarterly, including full text articles in PDF format.
NCP Clinical Quarterly Similar subject index to articles in the National PTSD Center’s Clinical Quarterly, in PDF format.
EMDR Full-Text, Peer-Reviewed Articles Nancy Smyth’s site links to several online full-text peer-reviewed journal articles on EMDR.
Longitudinal MRI Study of Hippocampal Volume in Trauma Survivors with PTSD. (PDF) Bonne, et al (2001): short-term longitudinal study found no hippocampal shrinkage in first 6 months after a traumatic event.
Lasting Effects of Psychological Trauma on Memory and the Hippocampus Douglas Bremner (1999) reviews the broad impact of childhood abuse and other traumas on memory and the hippocampus.
The amygdala, fear, and memory PDF paper by Fanselow & Gale (2003) discusses the role of the frontotemporal amygdala in classical (fear) conditioning.
Dissecting components of the central response to stress PDF paper by Mayer & Faneslow (2003) discusses the role of CRF in behavioral responses to stress.
The place of the hippocampus in fear conditioning PDF paper by Sanders, Wiltgen & Fanselow (2003) examines the hippocampus’ role in learning & memory for fear conditioning.
Pituitary-Adrenal and Autonomic Responses to Stress in Women After Sexual and Physical Abuse in Childhood Heim et al (2000) JAMA article; found early life stress sensitizes the pituitary-adrenal and autonomic stress response…
J.J. Freyd’s Trauma, Memory & Betrayal Trauma Research List of articles on betrayal trauma theory, some with abstracts & full-texts (some are PDF format), by Jennifer Freyd and colleagues.
Neural systems underlying the suppression of unwanted memories PDF paper by Michael Anderson et al (2004); used fMRI to confirm the existence of an active forgetting process in the brain.
Read, et al (2001): Contribution of Early Traumatic Events to Schizophrenia… Article (in PDF format) presents a traumagenic neurodevelopmental model of schizophrenia, with suggestions for research.
Peniston-Kulkosky Brainwave Neurofeedback Protocol… Full text article by Eugene Peniston on use of EEG biofeedback alpha-theta training as treatment for PTSD and alcoholism.
Perry (2002): …What Child Neglect tells us about Nature and Nurture. Bruce Perry (in PDF format) discusses experience and expression of genetic potential in the context of child neglect.
Polyvagal Theory: Implications for Somatic Psychotherapists PowerPoint slides on the implications of Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory for somatic psychotherapists working with autonomic states.
Beauchaine (2001). Vagal tone, development, & Gray’s motivational theory… Ted Beauchaine’s article combining Porges’ polyvagal & Gray’s motivational theories.
Bryant (2003). Acute stress reactions: can biological responses predict posttraumatic stress disorder? Biological responses in acute stress disorder may predict chronic PTSD.
Cannon (1942/1957). “Voodoo” death. Walter Cannon’s seminal article on death through the shock of terror.
Richter (1957). On the phenomenon of sudden death in animals and man. Curt Richter’s description of sudden death as a result of hopelessness.
McNally, Bryant & Ehlers (2003). Does early psychological intervention promote recovery from posttraumatic stress? Article discusses concerns about debriefing after critical incidents.
Nisbett & Wilson (1977) Telling more than we can know… Article describes difficulties in introspective awareness of cognitive processes.
Exploring the Nature of Traumatic Memory PDF article by Jim Hopper & Bessel van der Kolk (2001) on combining clinical knowledge with laborary methods.
Retrieving, Assessing, and Classifying Traumatic Memories PDF article by Jim Hopper & Bessel van der Kolk (2001) introduces a standardized method for retrieving traumatic memories.
Assessment and Treatment of Complex PTSD PDF chapter by Bessel van der Kolk (2001) discusses the diagnosis and the treatment of DESNOS, a severe form of PTSD.
Complex Trauma & DESNOS: Assessment & Treatment PDF article by Toni Luxenberg, Joe Spinazzola, Bessel van der Kolk (& others) on assessment and treatment of DESNOS.
Van der Kolk & Saporta (1991) Early article on “Biological response to psychic trauma: mechanisms and treatment of intrusion and numbing”.
Preface from Traumatic Stress:… edited by van der Kolk, McFarlane & Weisaeth (1996) Preface text provides an overview to Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body and Society.
Intergenerational Trauma This PDF file summarizes Yael Danieli’s 1998 edited Handbook on Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma.
Jonathan Shay’s chapter in Secondary Traumatic Stress:… Text of a 1994 talk at ISTSS by Jonathan Shay, MD: “No Escape from Philosophy in Trauma Treatment and Research”.
Trauma: the Vortex of Violence Excellent article by Peter Levine describes emotional trauma as the urge to escape while not being able to.
Pathological Attachments and Therapeutic Action Peter Fonagy discusses treatment of borderline personality disorder from an attachment perspective.
A cognitive model of PTSD PDF article by Ehlers & Clark (2000) presents a cognitive model of PTSD and identifies three targets for clinical change.
Reflections on The Problem of Psychic Trauma Full-text 1986 article by Clifford Yorke, published in the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.
Psychophysiological indicators of PTSD following Iniki 1995 article by Kent Drescher & Francis Abueg describes research performed soon after Hurricane Iniki, on Kauai.
Coping Self-Efficacy and Psychological Distress Following the Oklahoma City Bombing 1996 study by Charles Benight with 27 bombing victims finds that perceived ability to cope is associated with less trauma.
A Hot System / Cold System View of Memory Under Stress This article by Metcalf and Jacobs, in PDF format, summarizes a longer review submitted for publication.
Memory, Trauma & Healing Peter Levine differentiates between implicit (procedural) and explicit memory in trauma healing.
Therapy for PTSD: Whose Search for Meaning? Article by David Harrington, from the Vietnam Generation Journal, questions therapists’ assumptions concerning PTSD.
Traumatic Seduction in Historical Context Psychoanalytic article by Douglas Davis considers Freud’s early seduction theory and his later repudiation of it.
Prostitution: Research & Education Site includes articles by Melissa Farley and others on prostitution and traumatic stress (PTSD).
Dissociative Disorders in Women Article by Karen Hopenwasser (published in JAMWA, 1998) explores the long-term consequences of violence against women; 80 references.
Research on PTSD Diagnosis, Treatment & Etiology A thorough list of citations to published research, with abstracts, relating to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
PTSD in Children of War Article by Abdel Aziz Mousa Thabet & Panos Vostanis describes PTSD in Palestinian children.
NTIS: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder National Technical Information Service site lists government research on PTSD.