The Scientific Committee serves as the executive committee of the scientific area of ISSTD – advising the Board and other committees on all matters of science, research, and further development of theory and clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. We are involved in all strategic endeavors and help uphold the reputation of the society.
The Chair, Lauren Lebois, PhD, and Chair Elect, Milissa Kaufman, MD, PhD were newly appointed in July 2021 and embarked on a listening tour of committee members and other stakeholders in the society. The goal was to better acquaint ourselves with each member, and to gather insights, ideas and context to help guide the identification of future priorities for the Scientific Committee in 2022.
Based on feedback gathered during the listening tour, our major goal in 2022 is to build structures and systems within ISSTD to make it more of a ‘home’ for researchers and to enhance communication with the broader membership of ISSTD. To this end, we nominated researchers to present one of the 2023 Annual Conference Plenaries, and we plan to host a research-related panel discussion at this conference as well. In addition, this year we plan to start a Research Special Interest Group (SIG) open to all ISSTD members. The goal of the Research SIG will be to cultivate a space for research discussion, sharing of findings, sponsorship/mentorship, and networking.
We also made explicit a number of informal practices within the Scientific Committee membership. Some of these practices will include the following: acting as a forum for sponsorship/mentorship, hosting each other for talks, asking each other to be manuscript reviewers, citing each other’s work, and helping to disseminate each other’s work on social media.
Other tasks tackled by the committee this past year include:
- Making the committee whole with new members
- Reviewing abstract submissions for the annual and virtual conference
- Overseeing the review of research-related advertising recruitment requests
Our current membership includes the following individuals:
Ruth Blizard, PhD https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ruth-Blizard
Bethany Brand, PhD https://bethanybrand.com/
Jonathan Cleveland, PhD https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan-Cleveland-2
Paul Dell, PhD https://understandingdissociation.com/about/
Martin Dorahy, PhD https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/contact-us/people/martin-dorahy.html
Negar Fani, PhD https://www.negarfani.com/
Jennifer Gómez, PhD https://jmgomez.org/
Heather Hall, MD https://www.heatherhallmd.org/
Sherain Harricharan, PhD https://hriresearch.com/about-us/our-people/trainees/sherain-harricharan/
Mary-Anne Kate, PhD https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mary-Anne-Kate
Marilyn Korzekwa, MD https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marilyn-Korzekwa
Christa Kruger, MD https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christa-Krueger
Andreas Laddis, MD https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreas-laddis-37377183/
Alfonso Martinez-Taboas, PhD https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=M-W5cE4AAAAJ&hl=en
Warwick Middleton, MD https://warwickmiddleton.com/about-professor-middleton/
Shae Nester, MA https://www.linkedin.com/in/m-shae-nester-80a46a181/
Cori Palermo, MA https://www.ddtrp.com/pagecp
Matthew Robinson, PhD http://matthewarobinsonphd.com/about-dr-robinson
Dana Ross, MD https://psychiatry.utoronto.ca/faculty/dana-ross
Adah Sachs, PhD https://www.adahsachs.com/
Michael Salter, PhD https://www.organisedabuse.com/