Please see the below descriptions for upcoming vacancies on the executive committee. If interested, please contact Past President, Diane Castillo (


Starting January 1 of the year following election, the individual elected to this office will serve for one year as President Elect, for one year as President, and for one year as Immediate Past President. The President-Elect shall succeed to any unexpired term of a President who is unable to serve her/his full term. The President is the executive officer of the division. It is the President’s responsibility to schedule, preside over and prepare the agenda for Executive Council meetings, which are held at the APA Annual Convention and (usually telephonically) early in the calendar year, traditionally in February. Additional Executive Council meetings as well as Executive Committee meetings can be called as needed by the president with the concurrence of a majority of the members of the Division Council. The President also appoints the chairs of the committees (with the concurrence of the Executive Committee) unless they are specified as part of the by-laws, and has the prerogative to form task forces (which serve for a two-year term) and working groups (which serve for briefer terms of one year or less, as determined by the President.

Member at Large

The member at large is elected to the division and serves on both the Executive Committee and on the Division Council. Members at Large are elected for a three-year term. The member at large is a voting member of the division. The member at large can perform any task upon the request of the president. Some sample roles that have been undertaken by the member at large include: a) Being part of a team that judged the winners of the division’s poster contest, including peer review of proposals, ratings, and final selection. b) Contributed to the writing of a statement on a trauma-informed approach to IRB applications, including researching the literature on the need for IRB review to protect human participants, and crafting statements that researchers could use when describing potential risks when conducting trauma focused research. c) Volunteered to write sections of a CODAPAR grant for funds to review PTSD apps for smart phones,d) Be available to read/vote on division statements such as the Trauma Assessment Guidelines. e) Represent the division at events such as APA leadership meetings at the request of the president. f) Chair the awards committee. 

Council Representative

As representatives of Div. 56, the 56 COR representatives are responsible for representing concerns of trauma psychologists and survivors to the rest of APA. The primary duty of the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives (COR) is fiduciary, which can be further broken down as the duty to care and the duty of loyalty. A Council Representative has the responsibility to stay informed and updated on issues related to advancing the field of psychology, the profession, and fostering an environment for continued education and human welfare. Issues relevant to the above will be presented to the APA Board of Directors and Council and voted on by the Council Representative. Voting and decision-making is based on the best interests of APA and not the individual. When necessary the Division can request that their Representative can introduce a new business item for COR discussion and vote. The Council Representative attends at least two meetings throughout the year. One meeting takes place mid-winter in Washington, DC and another is during the APA Convention. Additional meetings may be called if 15% of the Council members prepare a written request for this special meeting and the majority of voting Council members agree to the meeting. The Council Representative writes a report summarizing the major events and dispositions of the Council meeting, and distributes this report among the Division 56 membership via the newsletter.


The term of office of the Treasurer is three years, staggered with that of the Secretary.  The Treasurer may run for two consecutive terms. The Treasurer prepares the budget of the Division, oversees custody of the funds and property of the Division, disburses and receives funds, serves as chair of the Finance Committee, and performs all other usual duties of a Treasurer. The Treasurer is a key member of the Executive Council, making recommendations to the Presidential trio as well as the EC on expenditures and discussing the state of the budget and strengths and weaknesses of revenue streams. The Treasurer creates and maintains the budget spreadsheet, updating it regularly upon receipt of Balance Sheets and Monthly Asset Reports from CBIZ. The Treasurer. The Treasurer manages all Reimbursement/Disbursement Request forms and handles communications with CBIZ and EC members re these requests and communicates regularly with CBIZ re Division business.

Student Representative

One Student Representative serves on the Executive Council, elected by the student membership of Division 56 to a two-year term, renewable for one term. The Student Representative also serves as chair of the Student Committee. The Student Representative is responsible for engaging other students who have a student membership in Division 56 and to help increase new student membership and provide useful material to students. The Student Representative is an active voting member on the EC of Division 56 as well. The Student Representative attends both the mid-winter EC meeting and the APA convention EC meeting and is moderator for the Division 56 student listserv. The Student Representative also participates in the APAGS DSRN (Division Student Representative Network) to collaborate with other Division Student Representatives. It is highly encouraged that the Student Representative attend the annual APA conference, although it is not mandated. 

Early Career Psychologist Representative 

One Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Representative serves on the Executive Council, elected by the ECP membership of Division 56 to a two-year term, renewable for one term. The ECP Representative also serves as chair of the Early Career Psychologist Committee. The ECP rep attends two EC meetings per year at the midwinter conference call and at the APA Convention.  The ECP rep prepares a report prior to these meetings that summarizes the ECP activities prior to the last meeting. 

As the chair of the Early Career Psychologist Committee, the ECP rep manages the ECP listserv and social media efforts, fields questions from ECPs, and organizes and chairs subcommittee meetings. The mission is to facilitate career and professional development of ECPs through education and mentoring support through finding creative means for delivering (a) career advice, (b) research advice and support, (c) professional development opportunities.  

Professional Affiliate Representative

One Professional Affiliate Representative, a non-psychologist professional who has a particular interest or background in the trauma field and is a Professional Affiliate of the division, serves on the Division 56 Executive Council. The Professional Affiliate Representative is elected to a two-year term, renewable for one term. The role of Professional Affiliate Representative of Division 56 is to build bridges between the important work being done in other fields that lead to improved quality of mental health care across disciplines.

September Webinar

The Refugee Crisis: Understanding and Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Families and Children Displaced by Armed Conflict. 

Presented by Kenneth Miller.

Wednesday, September 27th, 12:00PM EST

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July Webinar

Group Delivery of Exposure, Cognitive, and Behavioral PTSD Interventions in a 16-Week Protocol.

Presented by Diane Castillo.

Friday, July 7th, 2017 12:00PM EST

June Webinar

Asylum Evaluations Continued: A More In-Depth Look at Evaluating Special Populations.

Presented by Elizabeth Carll, Roy Aranda, & Jennifer McQuaid.

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 12:00PM EST

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June Webinar

Albinism and Trauma: Crises in Tanzania!

Presented by Peter Ash and Ikponwosa Ero.

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 12:00PM EST

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May Webinar!

Working with Interpreters with Refugee Populations in Healthcare Settings and for Asylum Evaluations.

Presented by Elizabeth Carll, Betsy Gard, and William Salton.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 12:00PM EST

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May Webinar

Update on Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder for Clinicians and Researchers.

Presented by Julian Ford

Friday, May 5th, 2017 12:00PM EST

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April Webinar

Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD: An Overview of the Process and the Product?

Presented by Lynn Bufka, Christine Courtois, and Steven Gold

Friday, April 21st, 2017 12:00PM EST

APF 2016 Trauma Psychology Grant

$4,000 Grant to Support Innovative Trauma Work

Learn more here!

New Trauma Resources!

Child & Adolescent Trauma Assessment Tip Sheet


Trauma Training Sites Interactive Map

Upcoming Webinar!

Assessment and Treatment of Torture Survivors: Resilience-Centered Healing

Presented by Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, Katherine Porterfield, and Hawthorne E. Smith with Charles Figley as the discussant.  

Friday, December 9th, 2016 12:30PM EST

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November Webinar

Contextual Therapy for Complex Traumatization: Beyond Symptom Reduction

Presented by Steve Gold

Friday, November 18, 12PM EST

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October Webinar

Narrative Exposure Therapy

Presented by Frank Neuner

Friday, October 28, 11AM EST

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New Content: September Webinar

Speaking the Unspeakable: Identification and Treatment of Childhood Trauma

Presented by Alicia F. Lieberman

View here!

New Syllabi Available!

New syllabi for both graduate and undergradte trauma-related courses have been added in the Teaching & Training section.

Diane Elmore, ISTSS President!

Congratulations to Diane Elmore, who was recently elected president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Diane has been actively involved in Division 56 leadership since our inception and is a leading professional in the field of Trauma Psychology.

July Webinar

Complex PTSD: Treatment and Updates from ICD

Presented by Marylene Cloitre

Friday, July 29, 12PM EST

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June Webinar

Detection and Management of PTSD in Primary Care Settings

Presented by Annabel Prins and Kyle Possemato

Friday, June 24, 12PM EST 

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This webinar is free and open to the public.  1 CE credit is available for a nominal fee.

April and May Webinars

We continue to have incredible success with our webinar series. Please join us for our next two presentations!

Integrating Cultural Competence into Trauma Treatment

Presented by Laura Brown

Friday, April 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

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Cognitive Processing Therapy: What is Next 
Presented by Patricia A. Resick

Friday, May 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

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Trauma Psychology News is Online

The Trauma Psychology News is now online! The Division is excited to have one of its publications in a fully online format, from which you can print and share individual articles. 

Exciting Upcoming Webinar

Division 56 will be hosting a special webinar this Friday, April 8th from 12 to 1 EST. The Pulitzer-Prize winner, Walter Robinson, has graciously agreed to speak with us about The Boston Globe Spotlight's investigation of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Register Here

Mental Health App Review Database

Divisions 56 and 46 cosponsored the construction of a database that includes expert reviews of 40 apps for iOS and Android devices. The results can help guide clinical practice and provide potential research opportunities. 

January Webinar!

Dean Kilpatrick will be presenting a webinar titled "Lessons Learned in the Field of Trauma Psychology and Ways Forward", which will happen on 1/29/16 at 12pm EST. Please join us for this exciting learning opportunity! Register today.

Welcome our New Executive Committee Members

Division 56 is excited to welcome our new EC members for 2016. Please join us in welcoming them to their new roles and do not hesitate to contact them if you have any ideas on how the Division can better serve its members.

Black Lives Matter Movement Webinar

In a continuation of our suite programming at convention this year, Division 56 hosted a webinar on the Black Lives Matter movement. The recording is now live on our youtube channel, which can be accessed through our webinar page.

Mobile App Review is Now Live

Divisions 56 and 46 have teamed up to evaluate mental health related apps for iOS and Android phones. Make sure you check out the results for this join effort! The document can be found in our therapy and practice resource section.

Welcome to the New Website!

The Division 56 website has recently been updated to make it easier to find the content that is specific to your needs. The content has been broken into the following domains:

  1. Theory & Practice
  2. Policy
  3. Research
  4. Teaching

Within each domain, you will find the relevant committees that are doing work in these areas, as well as important resources sections that include the work our Presidential Task Forces have completed, as well as other information relevant to the research, practice, and teaching of trauma. If you are aware of any resources not included in the various sections, please submit them to the website editor, Tyson Bailey, for consideration. We have also retained a number of features within the old website, including our archived convention material, webinar series, and the Division newsletter.

Please check back to the site frequently, as we will continue to add new content over the coming months. Each time an update is made, we will send out notices on social media, so like or follow us to ensure you do not miss any of the exciting changes or chances to participate in the conversation!