This award is given to an individual or group who has used
innovative methods to advance the field of traumatic stress in the areas of prevention,
research, treatment, teaching, policy and advocacy.?
Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Evidence of a scientifically informed approach to innovation
Evidence of reach and impact of the innovative research, treatment?or knowledge translation activity
Applications are especially encouraged for innovative approaches
that address diverse populations and health disparities.
ISTSS Outstanding Service Award
for Outstanding Service to ISTSS is designed to recognize a member of ISTSS who
has made a?significant?and?sustained?contribution to ISTSS that has enhanced
the Society and helped it achieve its goals.? Examples would include serving
as an?initiator and key leader on ISTSS committees, task forces, publications,
special interest groups, or policy or other initiatives that have demonstrably
enhanced the organization and its ability to effectively (1) engage and serve
the membership, (2) foster global collaborations, and/or (3) substantively contribute
to the traumatic stress field.?Nominees for the award must be current members
of ISTSS who are nominated by ISTSS members.?Current ISTSS Board Members are not eligible.
Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award
award was established by Dr. Yael Danieli in commemoration of her father and mother.
This award recognizes excellence in the traumatic stress field by an individual
who has completed his or her training within the last five years. For men or women
with primary childcare responsibilities, one year per child can be added up to
an eight-year limit post training. For example, an individual who completed his
or her post-doctoral fellowship in 2012 and has two children would be eligible
until 2019. The traumatic stress field may include research, clinical work, advocacy,
policy, clergy or media. The definition of training includes clinical internship,
post-doctoral training and medical residency. Please note that the criteria for
this award have been updated as of 2011.
S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement
This award is given to an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution
to research in the field of traumatic stress. Robert S. Laufer, PhD, was a sociologist
who made early and important contributions to the field of traumatic stress and
PTSD through his research on the effects of war experiences on Vietnam combat
veterans. Laufer was Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University
of New York, and an author of the groundbreaking study of returning veterans entitled
Legacies of Vietnam: Comparative Adjustment of Veterans and Their Peers, published
in 1981, with Arthur Egendorf, Ellen Frey-Wouters, and others. Laufer and colleagues
expanded the concept of combat exposure to include multiple dimensions. In particular,
he focused on witnessing or participating in abusive violence, an important new
focus for a guerilla war where there were no front lines, and where enemy combatants
and civilians were often difficult to distinguish. He found that abusive violence
followed from more extreme exposure to combat, and was associated with distinctive
psychological and behavioral outcomes, including different aspects of PTSD. Laufer
died prematurely of cancer in 1989 at the age of 47. This award is made in his memory.
Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence
This award is given to a clinician or group of clinicians in direct service to
traumatized individuals. This written and/or verbal communication to the field
must exemplify the work of Sarah Haley. Sarah Haley, MSW, was a psychiatric social
worker in the VA clinic in Boston, now a part of VA Boston Healthcare System.
Beginning with her treatment of a My Lai veteran who was severely distressed and
unable to remember aspects of his highly traumatizing experiences in Vietnam,
at a time when traumatic experiences were rarely the focus of treatment, she sat
with hundreds of veterans who gradually were able to trust her enough to tell
their horrific narratives. Working with these men, who repulsed or frightened
many other therapists, led to her landmark article entitled When the Patient Reports
Atrocities: Specific Treatment Considerations of the Vietnam Veteran, published
in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 1974. She established that the Vietnam
veteran who had witnessed or taken part in atrocities presented a new and difficult
challenge to psychotherapy, one that took courage and conviction on the part of
the therapist to help bring about healing. Haley died prematurely of cancer in
1989 at the age of 50. This award is made in her memory.