The PTSD SIG is focused on all stages of career mentorship, dissemination of research, and advancement of quality patient care. It provides a venue for professionals from all disciplines to network and create new connections in the field.  

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Please view the ADAA SIG Guidelines for responsibilities and expectations. 

SIG Chair: 

  • Lauren Sippel, PhD - National Center for PTSD Executive Division
  • Michelle Bovin, PhD - National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System

Board Liaison: 
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, Emory University School of Medicine 

2018-2019 Annual Report

This year marked the first full year that the PTSD SIG was led by co-chairs Drs. Gutner and Bovin. During the 2018 conference, we had a successful PTSD SIG breakfast meeting where several new members enrolled and many clinicians joined in the discussion about research and training resources. The meeting began with a discussion about best ways to contact members during the year; members agreed that the use of email would be a better way to disseminate research and clinical opportunities than would the ADAA listserv. Email addresses were collected, and information throughout the year was disseminated in this manner. Several members expressed interest in collaboration opportunities with other SIG members, and were encouraged to reach out via email. Members also discussed interest in learning more about PTSD resources and webinars. Following this request, the co-chairs sent out information about free PTSD resources that are available through the National Center for PTSD, including the PTSD Research Quarterly & Clinician’s Trauma Update. In addition, throughout the year, the co-chairs periodically forwarded webinar opportunities to SIG members that could potentially be of interest, including a webinar led by former PTSD SIG co-chair Dr. David Yusko, entitled “An introduction to prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD.” Finally, the meeting revealed interest in providing information useful to students and other junior members. This interest led to a webinar co-led by Dr. Bovin and SIG student member Ms. Ali Klein entitled “I want a PhD in clinical psychology: Now what? The ins and outs of applying to graduate school.” The SIG leaders remain very open to ways in which the SIG can be more active and helpful to members in between annual meetings.
This year we plan to hold another breakfast meeting at ADAA in hopes of bringing the PTSD SIG together to discuss ways to make the SIG more helpful for members, as well as support networking between members.   We are hoping to elicit suggestions and help from members about ways to capitalize on the PTSD SIG to make it more interactive between meetings and to best meet everyone’s needs. 

Plans for the future
Moving forward, the SIG hopes to continue to use email to stay connected with the members in between meetings, as well as sharing new and interesting articles on PTSD, award opportunities, and training and job opportunities.  This community will also continue to be utilized to address the suggestions from the members of areas within PTSD that they would like the SIG to address.  The SIG would also like to sponsor or co-sponsor a live trauma-related webinar – interested members are encouraged to reach out.  We will also be actively looking for suggestions and other members or SIGs to collaborate with on this.  We are excited to have found a graduate student (Ms. Klein, a graduate student at Case Western University) to get more involved in the SIG – a goal from last year. We will continue to work with Ms. Klein and other interested SIG members to help both increase activity within the SIG and ensure that the needs of SIG members across career stages are met.