Winter 2016 | Vol. 11 No. 3

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Editor's Note

By: Bryan Reuther

I would like to personally thank Dr. Joan Cook for dedication and hard work during the past year. As a division, I believe we all feel fortunate to have had her leadership. My hope is that we all continue, in our own ways, her presidential theme of “getting the word out” about trauma in the coming months, years, and decades. While much was accomplished, more still needs to be done... Full Article

Trauma Psychology News has editorial positions open in 2017!


Presidential Voice

Sustaining a Vibrant Trauma Psychology Community

By: Joan Cook, PhD

It’s hard to believe that Division 56 celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. We started with a small group of individuals who believed that trauma deserved a greater role within the American Psychological Association (APA) and beyond. In a short period of time, thanks to the efforts of many, we have grown substantially and accomplished a lot. Indeed, our work has garnered excitement and enthusiasm from many... Full Article


2017 Presidential Initiative

Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Refugees

By: Elizabeth Carll, PhD

Forced migration due to wars, conflict, and persecution worldwide continues to unfold, and the number of people displaced within their country or having fled internationally reached 59.5 million, the highest level ever recorded according to estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)... Full Article

Multicultural & Diversity

Competent Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People is Trauma-Informed

By: Cristina Magalhaes, Ph.D., Madeline Brodt, M.S., and Jessica Punzo, Psy.D.

Transgender and gender non-conforming people (TGNC) face numerous challenges due to stigma associated with gender non-conformity, transgenderism, and transsexualism. In a landmark national survey with over 6,000 participants, researchers found that TGNC people experience alarming rates of discrimination, mistreatment, harassment, and physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by family members and other individuals in their communities – including educational, health care, and law enforcement professionals (Grant et al., 2011)... Full Article


Congratulations to Our Newest Fellow!

Meet Division 56's newest fellow, Dr. Amy Ai. She is a Professor in the Colleges of Social Work, Arts and Sciences (Psychology), Medicine (Social Medicine and Behavioral Science), Social Science and Public Policy (Pepper Institute), and Nursing at Florida State University.

Convention Highlights 2016

We had another wonderful convention this year, read all about it and get ready for more amazing programs next year!

Meet the EC Members for 2017

Please congratulate the winners of the 2016 election for president-elect, treasurer, member-at-large, and professional affiliate!


Division 56 welcomes new fellows who have made significant contributions to the field, please check the application requirements for further information. 

Early Career Professional

Clinical Considerations for Moral Injury, Rational Guilt, and Combat PTSD

By: Rob Chester, MA and Rebecca Temple, PhD

In working with Veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we have noticed the evidence-based treatment approaches most often used, such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), may not address all symptoms, even after extensive trauma processing.  Some Veterans indicate they continue to struggle with issues such as difficulty with social engagement, emotional vulnerability, mistrust, guilt, anhedonia, and anger, even after the fear-based symptoms (i.e. anxiety, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, etc.) have diminished... Full Article

International Perspectives

International Committee Update

By: Elizabeth Carll, PhD

As part of the series of interviews conducted by student members with trauma psychologists from various parts of the world, Christabel Leonce, a student member of the International Committee, interviewed Dr. Brigitte Khoury, a psychologist in Lebanon. Khoury works with various forms of trauma, including with individuals from the surgery department at the American University of Beirut Medical Center where she works... Full Article

Student Spotlight

Breaking the Ice: Interdisciplinary Treatment of Sex and Intimacy Issues in veterans with Co-morbid TBI and PTSD from the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts.

By: Nicole R. Randall, MA & Matthew Golley, MS

We are Veterans of the US Marine Corps and clinical psychology doctoral-trainees working with Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts within Veterans Affairs (VA). Within our clinical work, we noticed a myriad of sex and intimacy (S&I) issues that frequently occur in conjunction with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI; Hirsch, 2009; Turner, Schöttle, Krueger, & Briken, 2015) that are often beneath the surface of clinical attention... Full Article

Who's Who

Get to know Amy Ellis, PhD, a member of our amazing 2016 convention planning team and Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate Psychology Department at Albizu University. 

Narratives from Clinical Practice

Michael Eigen, PhD reflects on his clinical work with a client who experienced "rage" behavior. Full Article

Member News

What to know more about what your colleagues are doing? Check out the member news section for a summary of activities, books, and presentations Division 56 members are doing. 

Book Review

Christine Valdez, Ph.D. reviews Sieff, D. (2014). Understanding and healing emotional trauma: Conversations with pioneering clinicians and researchers. New York: Routledge, 247 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0415720847 ISBN-10: 0415720842