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Welcome to the ISTSS 2022 Annual Meeting Submission Site

Trauma as a Transdiagnostic Risk Factor Across the Lifespan

The ISTSS 38th Annual Meeting will address the widespread health influences of trauma ‎exposure over the life course. This year’s meeting will highlight the myriad ways in which ‎the impacts of traumatic stress can manifest with respect to mental and physical health, ‎across populations, and across the lifespan.‎

We encourage submissions on topics related--but not limited--to:
  • Research on dimensional approaches to studying posttraumatic psychopathology
  • Research highlighting posttraumatic psychological comorbidities (e.g., PTSD and substance use disorders)
  • Research on mental and physical health multimorbidity that can onset after trauma
  • Research integrating multiple levels of analyses (e.g., biological, psychological, interpersonal) to address mechanisms underlying mental and physical health consequences of trauma exposure
  • Research taking a life course perspective to address how trauma can impact emotional health and/or get embedded “under the skin” to influence physical health
  • Research on innovative treatments that address the myriad consequences of trauma (e.g., transdiagnostic treatment approaches, interventions that address the mental and physical health consequences of trauma)
Overall Suggestions
The Program Chairs strongly recommend that multiple institutions be represented in panels and symposia, including representation of multiple independent research projects (as opposed to a series of presentations drawn from a single data source or close group of collaborators). It is also acceptable for a given presentation within a symposium to integrate multiple studies and findings. We also prioritize presentations that incorporate presenters at multiple career stages (i.e., a mix of students and senior presenters), as well as reaching out to individuals whose discipline may be underrepresented at ISTSS (e.g., economic, public policy, etc.). Furthermore, we have a strong interest in panels and symposia that “reach across the aisle.” We would like to create a social norm that it is acceptable to reach out to colleagues whose positions and interpretations of data differ significantly from your own. Presenting a broad range of views and opportunity for diverse perspectives are instrumental to the health of the society.

Participation Limits (Two Submissions Per Person)
To promote participation by a wide range of presenters, individuals are limited to two abstracts being submitted that indicate they have a presenting role. Sessions in which an individual acts in multiple roles (e.g., presenter and chair and/or discussant) count once. This limit does not include keynote, plenary addresses, Pre-Meeting Institutes or poster presentations. It also does not include abstracts indicating a co-authorship role only or oral presentations in which the individual’s only roles is as a non-presenting chair or discussant.

  • Presentations should be original contributions and that any presentation concerning work that has been presented elsewhere should provide new information or a new perspective relative to the previous presentation(s).
  • Publication of the work, such as in a journal, prior to the date of abstract submission (not the abstract submission deadline) is prohibited. This policy applies to symposia presentations, panels, papers and cases, but does not apply to training sessions (workshops and PMIs) or forums, which may be similar to presentations at other conferences or past ISTSS meetings.
  • Proposal descriptions must be sufficiently detailed to allow the relevance, originality and ‎feasibility to be judged. For research presentation abstracts, submissions of findings are ‎strongly encouraged.‎
  • Incomplete proposals (draft status) will not be considered.
  • All live presentations may be recorded for asynchronous viewing.
Competition for oral presentations is high; therefore, take the time to enter the best submission possible. Keep in mind that many high quality proposals must be turned away simply due to lack of space. For examples of model and problematic oral presentation proposals, click here.

Review Process
Submissions are rated for rigor (scientific, clinical or intellectual), relevance for ISTSS members and consistency with the meeting theme. Training presentations (workshops and Pre-Meeting Institutes) also are rated for presenter qualifications and usefulness of the training objectives in the clinical or research work of ISTSS members. Symposia, panels and cases also are rated on importance of the topic, scope of coverage of the topic, and diversity of presenters. Proposal descriptions must be sufficiently detailed to allow evaluation of these criteria. Symposia submissions will be reviewed and accepted or rejected in total, so uniformly high quality and detail across presentations are important.

CME Requirements
Click here for an explanation of speaker requirements related to commercial relationships.

Presentation Roles
Click here to read information on presentation roles.

COVID Protocol
ISTSS will require attendees at the 2022 Annual Meeting to follow all COVID-19 guidelines that are in place at the time of the meeting from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local government, and conference hotel Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel (which currently includes proof of full COVID-19 vaccination). Individuals should contact the Executive Director to address specific circumstances or exceptional situations.

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