Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Two Important Opportunities for Publication in the JTD!

Trauma, Advocacy, and Social Movements
A Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Special Issue Guest Editors: Joan Cook, Alec Smidt, and Alexis Adams-Clark
Deadline for Submissions: December 1st, 2018

The list of major societal ills is long — racism, poverty, gender discrimination, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crimes, human rights violations, homophobia, to name a few. As trauma specialists, we know that profound oppression, marginalization, discrimination, and disenfranchisement underlie, contribute to, and complicate a person’s recovery from trauma, violence, and abuse. Understandings of trauma are intricately tied to real-world social issues and movements, and trauma research can be used to inform activism and advocacy. To further research in this area, we are inviting submissions for a special issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation focused on the scientific study of trauma advocacy and its impact in helping mitigate the negative consequences of trauma.

We are primarily seeking reports of original empirical research. But comprehensive reviews or meta-analyses of existing research, clinical case studies, clinical conceptualizations, and theoretical papers will also be considered. All submissions deemed potentially appropriate by the special issue editors will undergo peer review. The papers will be evaluated on their topic relevance, methodological rigor, scientific and/or clinical value, and implications for application. Final acceptance will depend on approval by the special issue editors and the editor-in-chief of JTD.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following issues related to the intersection of trauma, advocacy, and social movements: The influence of advocacy in assisting survivors in the process of their recovery, traumatic experiences as motivators for advocacy and activism, advocacy and dissemination of trauma science/research, trauma-related public policy advocacy, the impact of social movements (e.g., #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter) on trauma survivors’ healing or on public perceptions, how psychologists/mental health professionals engage in trauma advocacy, the effects of advocacy training on health providers’ knowledge, attitudes and participation;, and how trauma advocacy can combat stigma and prejudice against survivors.

Again, these topics are examples only; the guest editors are open to a variety of topics and interested in receiving submissions related to the overall scope of this special issue.

Complete submissions will be accepted for consideration until December 1st, 2018. Please refer to the journal website for specific submission requirements (including a submission checklist) and more information about the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation: Submissions should be submitted through the ScholarOne system: ; when entering the title of the submission into ScholarOne, please append the words “SPECIAL ISSUE” to the manuscript’s title when entering it into the title section of the submission portal.

We welcome your questions and correspondence prior to submission. Interested authors are also welcome to submit abstracts for feedback from the special issue editors regarding the fit of their proposals for this issue (

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for this special issue, please contact the special issue editors (

Book/Media Reviewers Wanted

Kathryn (Kat) Quina, the new associate editor for book/media reviews for the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, is seeking reviewers for several books as well as individuals interested in being advised of future review opportunities. These reviews focus on academic works, but memoirs or movies that make an important point for JTD readers will also be considered. For more information about reviews, see

The books currently needing reviews are:

Jerry Flores, Girls, Surveillance, & Wraparound Incarceration.

Dylan Rodriguez, Suspended Apocalypse.

Briere & Scott, Principles of Trauma Therapy.

Frank Putnam, The Way We Are.

Richard Gartner, Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse and Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys: Treatment for Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Trauma (These two books would be reviewed together as they are basically Volume 1 and 2) and

Yochal Ataria, Body Disownership in Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

If you are interested in conducting a review, or would like to recommend a book for review, please contact Kat at