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 Co-Chairs: 

  • Cassidy Gutner, PhD, Boston University 
  • Michelle Bovin, PhD, VA Boston Healthcare System 

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

2017-2018 Annual Report

During the past year, Dr. Yusko stepped down as the co-chair of the committee and Dr. Michelle Bovin joined Dr. Gutner as the ADAA PTSD SIG co-chair.  During the 2017 conference, we had a successful PTSD SIG breakfast meeting where a number of new members enrolled and many clinicians joined in the discussion about research and training resources.  We also had a more formal component to our meeting where Dr. Yusko presented data on Prolonged Exposure in vulnerable populations.  The formal presentation was followed by ways members of the SIG would like to better utilize the group.  One common theme that emerged was that several members were not part of larger groups of clinicians or researchers working on PTSD and that using the online forum to share and disseminate research and clinical training opportunities would be beneficial.  SIG members were also encouraged to reach out to the leaders and the other members if there was a need they would like met by the group that was not already being met.  To follow-up on the meeting, SIG leaders have been posting to the online forum more over the past year and remain very open to ways in which the SIG can be more active in between annual meetings.  Ideally there will be greater member involvement throughout the year.
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 active, as well as support networking between members.  In previous years, the PTSD SIG meeting has been a great event with lots of enthusiasm, but the carryover into the rest of the year has been harder.  Part of the benefit of having a PTSD SIG is to expand the trauma network community, both at the conference and in between them.  We are hoping to elicit suggestions and help from members about ways to capitalize on the PTSD SIG to become more interactive between meetings to best meet everyone’s needs. 

Plans for the future
Moving forward, the SIG hopes to continue to use the online forum 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 webinar in the area of trauma.  We will be actively looking for suggestions and other members or SIGs to collaborate with on this.   Lastly, the SIG would still like to find a graduate student or trainee to get more involved in the SIG to help both increase activity within the SIG and also ensure that the needs of SIG members across career stages is met.