International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

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The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) is a nonprofit professional organization of health professionals and individuals who are interested in advancing the scientific and societal understandings of trauma-based disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder, complex posttraumatic stress disorder, and the dissociative disorders.[1][2]


In the 1980s and 1990s, the ISSTD was a modern forum to discuss the controversies surrounding repressed memory and the possible connections between child abuse,[2][3] traumatic events, memory and dissociation. Editors of the book Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: DSM-V and beyond describe the ISSTD as "The principle professional organization devoted to dissociation".[4]

The ISSTD has published guidelines for the treatment of dissociative identity disorder in both adults and children[5][6][7] through its peer-reviewed Journal of Trauma & Dissociation (formerly Dissociation: Progress in the Dissociative Disorders),[8][9] published five times per year.[10][11] These guidelines are often referenced in the field as a basic starting point for psychotherapy with highly dissociative clients.[5][12][13][14][15]

The ISSMP&D's official journal, Dissociation: Progress in the Dissociative Disorders ceased operation after 39 issues (March 1988-December 1997), though its full-text contents have since been made available online.[16]


On April 2, 2016 an activist sub-group of The Satanic Temple called Grey Faction hosted a protest outside of the ISSTD annual conference in San Francisco, CA, to "draw attention to the practices endorsed by the ISSTD, the conspiracism rampant within their membership, and the organization’s role in the death of Jude Mirra."[17]

Legal cases[edit]

"In 1995, a former patient sued Bennett Braun MD, a founder and former president of ISSTD, claiming that he'd convinced her that she'd engaged in Satanic rituals, cannibalism, and infanticide. She received a $10.6 million dollar settlement. In 1999 Illinois state officials issued a temporary suspension of his medical license, yet he remains in practice in another state."[18]


The US-based ISSTD was officially formed in 1984 under the name of the International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation but changed to the International Society for the Study of Dissociation in 1994 and then to its current name in November 2006.[2][4][19][20]

The organization was resolved to be founded by Myron Boor, Bennett Braun, David Caul, Jane Dubrow, George Greaves, Richard Kluft, Frank Putnam and Roberta Sachs, a group of physicians and psychologists. Its first annual conference was held in December of the same year.[9] By the end of the 1980s, membership approached 2,000.[21]


George. B. Greaves, Ph.D. (1983-1984)
Bennet Braun, M.D. (1984-1985)
Richard Kluft (1985-1986)
George. B. Greaves, Ph.D. (1986-1987)
David Caul, M.D. (1987-1988)
Philip Coons, M.D. (1988-1989)
Walter C. Young, M.D., FAPA (1989-1990)
Catherine Fine, Ph.D. (1990-1991)
Richard Loewenstein, M.D. (1991-1992)
Moshe S. Torem, M.D. (1992-1993)
Colin A. Ross, M.D. (1993-1994)
Nancy L. Hornstein, M.D. (1994-1995)
Elizabeth S. Bowman, M.D. (1995-1996)
James, A. Chu, M.D. (1996-1997)
Marlene E. Hunter, M.D. (1997-1998)
Peter M. Barach, Ph.D. (1998-1999)
John Curtis, M.D. (1999-2000)
Joy Silberg, Ph.D. (2000-2001)
Steven Frankel, Ph.D., J.D. (2001-2002)
Richard A. Chefetz, M.D. (2002-2003)
Steven Gold, Ph.D. (2003-2004)
Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMFT (2004-2005)
Eli Somer, Ph.D. (2005-2006)
Catherine Classen, Ph.D. (2006-2007)
Vedat Sar, M.D. (2007-2008)
Kathy Steele, MN, CS (2008-2009)
Paul F. Dell, Ph.D. (2010-2011)
Thomas G. Carlton, M.D. (2011-2012)
Joan Turkus, M.D. (2012-2013)
Philip J. Kinsler Ph.D. (2013-2014)

Honors Bestowed by ISSTD[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest recognition given to an individual or individuals who have contributed over a generous span of time to the field of dissociation and/or trauma and the ISSTD.

2005 Richard P. Kluft, MD, PhD

2005 Elizabeth S. Bowman, MD

2009 Suzette Boon, PhD

2010 Kathy Steele, MN, CS

2011 Paul F. Dell, PhD, ABPP

2011 Ellert R.S. Nijenhus, PhD

2013 F. W. Putnam, PhD

2014 Eli Somer, PhD

2015 Vedat Sar, MD

Cornelia B. Wilbur Award[edit]

The Cornelia B. Wilbur Award is given to an individual for outstanding clinical contributions to the treatment of dissociative disorders. Examples are (a) furthering the availability of diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders, (b) clinical research in diagnostic or treatment modalities, including treatment outcome, (c) advances in diagnostic instruments or diagnostic criteria, (d) diagnostic studies in various populations, or (e) new treatment techniques.

1985 Richard P. Kluft, MD

1986 P. Coons, MD

1987 B. Braun, MD

1988 M. Torem, MD

1989 C. Fine, PhD

1990 F. Putnam, MD

1991 J. Chu, MD

1992 R. Loewenstein, MD

1993 N. Hornstein, MD

1994 J. Goodwin, MD

1995 R. Allison, MD

1996 Larry Michelson, PhD

1996 William Ray, PhD

1997 Joyanna Silberg, PhD

1998 Claire Frederick, MD

1998 Maggie Phillips, PhD

1999 James Chu, MD

2000 Eli Somer, PhD

2001 Edith Baum, MCAT

2001 Christine Courtois, PhD

2002 Constance Dalenberg, PhD

2003 Catherine G. Fine, PhD

2004 Vedat Şar, MD, Anne Suokas-Cunliffe, MPhil

2005 Marlene Steinberg, MD

2006 Elizabeth Howell, PhD

2007 Richard J. Loewenstein, MD

2008 Trine Anstorp

2008 Kirsten Benum

2008 Marianne Jacobson

2009 Joan Turkus, MD

2011 Kathy Steele, MN, CS

2013 Sandra Wieland, PhD

David Caul Award[edit]

The David Caul Memorial Award is given for the best published or non-published paper, thesis, or conference abstract written by a resident or trainee in the field of dissociation and/or trauma.

1989 R. Riley, MD

1989 J. Meade, MD

1990 M. Steinberg, MD

1991 D. Savitz, Esq.

1992 N. Hornstein, MD

1993 S. Boon, PhD

1993 N. Draijer, PhD

1994 L. Meyer Williams, PhD

1995 H. Tutkun, MD

1995 L.I. Yargic, MD

1995 V. Sar, MD

1996 Rachel Yehuda, PhD

1998 Kerry L. Jang, PhD

1998 Joel Paris, MD

1998 Haille Zweig-Frank, PhD

1998 W. John Livesly, MD, PhD

1999 Gamze Akyuz, MD

1999 Orhan Dogan, MD

1999 Vedat Sar, MD

1999 L. Ilhan Yargic, MD

1999 Hamdi Tutkun, MD

1999 Bolu Düzce

2000 Ursula Gast, MD

2001 Catherina M. Dornbusch, MS

2002 Martin Dorahy

2003 Rafaele Huntjens, PhD

2004 Karen Way, MA

2005 A.A.T. Simone Reinders, PhD

2005 Ellert T.S. Nijenhuis, PhD

2005 Jacqueline Quak, MD

2005 Jakob Korf, PhD

2005 Jaap Haaksma, PhD

2005 Anne M.J. Paans, PhD

2005 Antoon T.M. Willemsen, PhD

2005 Johan A. den Boer, MD, PhD

2006 Brandon Korman

2007 Katharina Kircanski, MA

2007 Robert Cory Fanto

2007 Edward MacPhee

2007 Lynda Thiessen

2007 Katarzyna Wyka

2008 Robyn Gobin

2008 Amie Kolos

2008 Michal Lavy

2008 Jocelyn Soffer, MD

2009 Shira Bennett

2009 Ryan Matlow

2009 Kai Monde

2010 J. Audie Black

2010 Sima Chalavi

2010 Molly Wolf

2011 Jonathan DePierro

2011 Madeleine Karpel

2011 Reese Minshew

2011 Melissa Platt

Distinguished Achievement Award[edit]

Given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the ISSTD.

1987 C. Wilbur, MD

1991 B. Cohen, MA

1991 E. Giller, MA

1991 L. Wasnak

1992 C. Comstock, PhD

1992 G. Fraser, MD, FRCPC

1992 R. Sachs, PhD

1992 C. Fine, PhD

1992 G. Peterson, MD

1993 B. Carlson, PhD

1993 P. Coons, MD

1993 J. Chu, MD

1993 A. Kadish

1995 P. Barach, PhD

1995 S. Marmer, MD

1995 E. Bowman, MD

1995 N. Perry, PhD

1995 M. Steinberg, MD

1996 Bennett Braun, MD

1996 John Curtis, MD

1997 Michaela Huber, PsyD

1997 Jeanie McIntee, Msc

1998 Frank W. Putnam, MD

1998 Alan W. Scheflin, Jr., JD

1998 D. Corydon Hammond, PhD

1998 Daniel Brown, PhD

1999 Kathy Steele, RN, MN, CS

2000 Su Baker, MEd

2000 Peter Barach, PhD

2001 John O’Neil, MD, FRCPC

2001 Christine Comstock, PhD

2002 Elizabeth Bowman, MD

2002 Richard P. Kluft, MD

2003 Stephen E. Braude, PhD

2004 Dennis S. Pilon, ACSW, BCD, MSW

2005 George A. Fraser, MD

2006 Su Baker, MEd

2006 Richard a. Chefetz, MD

2006 Chris Comstock, PhD

2006 Bob Patin

2006 George Rhoades, PhD

2007 Don Beere, PhD

2009 Liora Somer, MA

2010 Joanne Twombly, MSW, LICSW

2011 Lynette Danylchuk, PhD

2011 Andreas Laddis, MD

2011 Na’ama Yehuda

2011 Jennifer Freyd, PhD

2011 Tara Williams, PhD

Media Award - Audio-Visual[edit]

The Media Award is given to an individual or organization for the best-written media (e.g., books, newspapers) and best audiovisual media (e.g., films, television, videos) that deal with dissociation and/or trauma.

1996 NHK Television (Japan)

1996 Tom Togashi

1996 Daisuke Takama

1997 Linda Catherine Cutting

2004 Marilyn Van Derbur

2005 Chuck Palahnuik

2006 Oprah Winfrey

2007 Abby Braun, PhD

2008 Wendy Anson

2009 Mary Jo Kaplan, Showtime Networks

2010 Sapphire

2011 First Person Plural for the film, A Logical Way of Being - Melanie Goodwin, Kathryn Livingston, Jill Saunders, and Oriel

Media Award – Written[edit]

1996 Michael Stanton

1997 David Baldwin

1998 Ridgeview Institute

1998 Richard P. Kluft, MD

1998 Beth Gault

1999 Christine Comstock, PhD

1999 Lynn S. Crook

2000 Cavalcade Productions, Inc.

2001 Ulla Froehling

2002 Paul J. Fink, MD 2003

Harvey L. Schwartz, PhD

2006 Ellert R.S. Nijenhus

2006 Chuck Palahniuk

2006 Kathy Steele, RN, MN, CS

2006 Onno van der Hart, PhD

2009 Paul F. Dell, PhD

2010 Elizabeth Howell, PhD

2010 Christine Courtois, PhD

2010 Julian Ford, PhD

2011 Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD; Eric Vermetten, MD; and Clare Pain, MD for: The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic

2011 Robert T. Muller, PhD for Trauma and the Avoidant Client: Attachment-based Strategies for Healing

Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement[edit]

Given to an individual who has made outstanding cumulative contributions to research in the area of dissociative disorders.

1985 F. Putnam, PhD

1986 R. Kluft, MD

1987 P. Coons, MD

1988 J. Watkins, MD

1989 C. Ross, MD

1990 R. Loewenstein, MD

1991 B. Braun, MD

1992 E. Carlson, PhD

1993 M. Steinberg, MD

1994 S. Boon, PhD

1994 N. Drayer

1995 E. Frischholz, PhD

1996 David Gleaves, PhD

1997 Niels Waller, PhD

1998 Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis

1999 Etzel Cardeña, PhD

2000 Frank Leavitt, PhD

2001 Vedat Şar, MD

2002 Daniel Brown, PhD

2002 Alan W. Scheflin, JD

2003 Phillip M. Coons, MD

2004 Paul F. Dell, PhD

2005 Daphne Simeon, MD

2006 Carsen Spitzer

2007 Ruth Lanius, MD

2008 Brad Foote, MD

2009 Bethany Brand, PhD

2010 Vedat Şar, MD

2010 Constance Dalenberg, PhD

Pierre Janet Writing Award[edit]

Given to an individual for the best clinical, theoretical or research paper in the field of dissociation and/or trauma within the past year.

1991 O. van der Hart, PhD

1992 R. Kluft, MD

1993 F. Putnam, PhD

1994 D. Spiegel, MD

1995 I. Hacking

1996 Alfonso MartinezTaboas, PhD

1997 Jennifer Freyd, PhD

1998 James A. Chu, MD

1999 David H. Gleaves, PhD

2000 Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis, PhD

2001 Onno van der Hart, PhD

2001 Kathy Steele, MN, CS

2002 Kelly A. Forrest

2003 George A. Fraser, MD, FRCPC

2004 Etzel Cardena, PhD

2004 David H. Gleaves, PhD

2005 Giovanni Liotti, MD

2005 Kathryn A. Becker-Blease, PhD

2005 Kirby Deater-Deckard, PhD

2005 Thalia Eley, PhD

2005 Jennifer J Freyd, PhD

2005 Jim Stevenson, PhD

2005 Robert Plomin, PhD

2006 Paul F. Dell, PhD

2007 Daniel Schechter, MD

2008 Martin Dorahey, PhD

2008 David Spiegel, MD

2008 Eric Vermetten, MD, PhD

2009 John A. ONeil, MD, FRCPC

2010 Andrew Moskowitz, PhD

2010 Ingo Schäfer, MD, MPH

2010 Martin Dorahy, PhD

2011 Suzette Boon, PhD, Kathy Steele, MN, CS., and Onno van der Hart, PhD

Presidents Award of Distinction[edit]

Given to an individual who has given outstanding service to the Society.

1985 George Greaves, PhD

1986 David Caul, MD

1987 Christine Comstock, PhD

1988 Richard Kluft, MD

1989 Bennett Braun, MD

1990 Colin Ross, MD

1991 George Faust, JD, PhD

1992 Stephen Marmer, MD, PhD

1993 Lynn Wasnak

1993 Peter Barach, PhD

1993 Gary Peterson, MD

1994 Marlene Steinberg, MD

1995 Moshe Torem, MD

1995 Onno van der Hart, PhD

1995 Suzette Boon, PhD

1996 Peter Barach, PhD

1997 Elizabeth Bowman, MD

1998 Chris Costner Sizemore

1999 Su Baker, MEd

1999 Carol J. Bruce, MS, RN, PsyD

1999 John ONeil, MD

2000 Elizabeth Bowman, MD

2000 James A. Chu, MD

2001 Charles Wharton, PhD

2002 Marcia C. Cotton, PhD

2003 Remy Aquarone, MSS, BCP, UKCP, FIP

2003 Clare Pain, MD, FRCPC

2004 Elizabeth Power

2004 Su Baker, MEd

2005 James A. Chu, MD

2006 Richard A. Chefetz, MD

2007 Thomas G. Tudor, PhD

2008 Richard A. Chefetz, MD

2009 Thomas G. Carlton, MD

2010 Vedat Şar, MD 2010 Therese Clemens

2011 Michael Foust, PhD

2011 Sheila Hatcher, MSW

2011 Jennifer Randall

2011 Christine Forner, MSW

Student Award[edit]

The Student Award is presented to a trainee (i.e., undergraduate, graduate,pre-graduate intern or post-graduate resident) for: (a) outstanding service to the Society; (b) an exceptional contribution to or innovation in clinical or service delivery in the field of dissociative disorders; or (c) an exceptional contribution to or innovation in training in the field of dissociative disorders.

2001 Selah Richards, BA

2002 Steven Ruths, PhD

2003 Irit Nachmani, MSW

2005 Stacey L. Seibel, MS, PHD

2006 Nicole Richardson

2007 Monica Monahan

2013 Winja Lutz

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the ISSTD". International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Reyes, G; Elhai JD & Ford JD (2008). The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 364. ISBN 0-470-38615-0. 
  3. ^ Hacking 1998, p. 113-14.
  4. ^ a b Dell PF; O'Neil JA, eds. (2009). Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: DSM-V and beyond. Taylor & Francis. pp. xiii. ISBN 0-415-95785-0. 
  5. ^ a b Chu 2011, p. 207-8.
  6. ^ "ISSTD Treatment Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder". 
  7. ^ Wieland, Sandra (2010). Dissociation in Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Theory and Clinical Interventions. Taylor & Francis. pp. xxiii. ISBN 978-0-415-87749-7. 
  8. ^ Kihlstrom, J. F. (2005). "Dissociative Disorders". Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. 1: 227–253. PMID 17716088. doi:10.1146/annurev.clinpsy.1.102803.143925. 
  9. ^ a b Hacking 1998, p. 52.
  10. ^ "Journal of Trauma and Dissociation". Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Ross, C. A. (2009). "Errors of Logic and Scholarship Concerning Dissociative Identity Disorder". Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 18 (2): 221–231. PMID 19306208. doi:10.1080/10538710902743982. 
  12. ^ Petrucelli, J (2010). Knowing, not-knowing and sort-of-knowing: psychoanalysis and the experience of Uncertainty. Karnac Books Ltd. pp. 83. ISBN 978-1-85575-657-1. 
  13. ^ Chu 2011, p. 16-7.
  14. ^ Luber, M (2009). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols Special Populations. Springer Pub. Co. pp. 357. ISBN 978-0-8261-2245-2. 
  15. ^ McWilliams, N (2011). Psychoanalytic diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press. pp. 351. ISBN 978-1-60918-494-0. 
  16. ^ "Dissociation:Progress in the Dissociative disorders". ISSMP&D. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Actions". Grey Faction. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  18. ^ Laycock, Joseph. "Satanic Temple Protests Pseudoscientific Therapies for Satanic Abuse and Witchcraft". Religion Dispatches. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  19. ^ Blaney, PH; Millon T (2008). Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology. Oxford University Press. pp. 456. ISBN 0-19-537421-5. 
  20. ^ Chu 2011, p. 14.
  21. ^ Braude, SE (1995). First person plural: multiple personality and the philosophy of mind (2 ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 37. ISBN 0-8476-7996-9. 


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