Improving models, methods, and measures: Contributions of CITRM to the field of psychological trauma


  • Terence M. Keane

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    1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
    • National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
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In 2004, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies' Research Methods Special Interest Group initiated annual updates on contemporary research methods in a 2-day conference entitled, Conference on Innovations in Trauma Research Methods (CITRM). These meetings, summarized annually in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, affected the field in measurable ways. Collaborations were inspired and integration of new conceptual models, methods, and measures influenced the growing body of knowledge. After 5 years of outstanding presentations, CITRM's contributions are palpable. It is clear that trauma research would benefit immeasurably by continued educational opportunities that focus upon improving models, methods, and measures.