Traumatology ® is a primary reference for professionals all over the world who study and treat people exposed to highly stressful and traumatic events, such as terrorist bombings, war disasters, fires, accidents, criminal and familial abuse, hostage-taking, hospitalization, major illness, abandonment, and sudden unemployment.

Whether you are a psychologist, medical or nursing professional, aid worker, social worker, or other disaster/trauma professional, Traumatology will help you better understand how to work with disaster victims and their families, as well as other caregivers.

Each unique issue offers original articles, reviews, field reports, brief reports, commentary, and media reviews on trauma research, treatment, prevention, education, training, medical, legal, policy and theoretical concerns.

Among the topics covered in recent issues are:

  • post-tsunami training of helpers in Phuket, Thailand 2005
  • helpful interventions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • Stockholm effects and psychological responses to captivity in hostages held by suicide terrorists
  • sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system
  • vicarious witnessing in European concentration camps: imagining the trauma of another
  • the counting method: applying the rule of parsimony to the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder
  • adaptive coping in adolescent trauma survivors
  • emotional release technique: a new desensitization method
  • gender differences and acute stress reactions among rescue personnel
  • neurological basis for the observed peripheral sensory modulation of emotional responses
  • post-traumatic stress in youth experiencing illnesses and injuries
  • post-traumatic growth and HIV bereavement
  • post-traumatic growth following a cancer diagnosis
  • psychological growth from a close brush with death
Traumatology® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board

Incoming Editor

Regardt J. Ferreira
Tulane University

Incoming Associate Editors

David L. Albright
The University of Alabama

April L. Murphy
Western Kentucky University

Leia Y. Saltzman
Tulane University

Outgoing Editor

(handling invited revisions only in 2018)

Brian E. Bride
Georgia State University School of Social Work

Founding Editor

Charles R. Figley
Tulane University

Outgoing Associate Editors

Sara Kintzle
University of Southern California

Tina Maschi
Fordham University

Outgoing Consulting Editors

David L. Albright
The University of Alabama

Randy Beaton
University of Washington

Sandra L. Bloom
Drexel University

Danny Brom
METIV: Herzog Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, Jerusalem

Carl A. Castro
University of Southern California

Anne Dietrich
The University of BC

Atle Dyregrov
University of Bergen

Elizabeth H. M. Eurelings-Bontekow
University of Leiden, The Netherlands

David H. Gleaves
University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Ricky Greenwald
Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute

Chrys J. Harris
Family Therapy & Trauma Center, P. A., Greer, SC

Are Holen
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

W. Jake Jacobs
University of Arizona

Russell T. Jones
Virginia Tech

Bruce Lackie
University of Maine School of Social Work

Evelin G. Lindner
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Judith Lyons
Veterans Affairs and University of Mississippi Medical Centers

Irwin J. Mansdorf
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Marianne Matthewson-Chapman
VHA/DoD Outreach Office, VA Office of Seamless Transition, Washington, DC

Bret A. Moore
85th Medical Detachment, Combat Stress Control, Ft. Hood, TX

Patrick Morrissette
Brandon University School of Health Studies

Kathleen O. Nader
Director, Two Suns

Karen S. Quigley
Northeastern University & Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center

Michael Rank
University of Southern California

Josef I. Ruzek
Palo Alto University

Ted Rynearson
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Philip A. Saigh
Teachers College, Columbia University

Philip Saigh
Columbia University

Eitan D. Schwartz
Northwestern University Medical School

Raymond M. Scurfield
University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work

Jane Shakespeare-Finch
Queensland University of Technology

Jonathan Shay
Tufts Medical School and VA Outpatient Clinic

Zahava Solomon
University of Tel Aviv, Israel

Anne Speckhard
Director, International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, Georgetown School of Medicine

Antony J. Taylor
Victoria University of Wellington

Paul Valent
Monash Medical Center, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

Onno van der Hart
Ithaca Psychotherapy Practice

Bessel van der Kolk
Boston University Medical School

William Yule
Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psycology and Neuroscience

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Traumatology®

  • Mosby's Nursing Consult
  • OCLC
  • PsycINFO
  • SafetyLit
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Special Issues
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma

    Special issue of the APA journal Traumatology, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017. Includes articles about secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue among mental heath, medical, and first-responder professionals.

  • Resilience and Trauma

    Special issue of the APA journal Traumatology, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017. The articles are divided among three sections: Reflections on Trauma Resilience Living in Israel, Resilience in Specific Contexts, and Models and Mechanisms of Trauma. Resilience.

  • Trauma, Aging, and Well-Being

    Special issue of the APA journal Traumatology, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2015. The articles examine trauma, aging, coping resilience, and well-being from a human rights and social justice perspective.