Board of the ESTSS

Board of Directors
Ex-officio Members
Executive Staff

Board of Directors 2016-2017

Ingo Schäfer (President 2016-2017)

German speaking countries: Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Psychotraumatologie (DeGPT)

Prof. Dr. Schäfer is head ingoof the trauma service at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Hamburg, Germany. He is also head of the clinical section for addictive disorders and managing director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research, University of Hamburg. In the last 20 years, he has been involved in research on the consequences of psychological trauma in a variety of populations including children, adults from the general population, and psychiatric patients. He is past president of the Germanspeaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT; 2014-2016) and coordinator of the national German guideline for the treatment of PTSD.


Mariel Meewisse (Treasurer)

Netherlands & Belgium: NtVP, the Dutch speaking traumatic stress society

Mariel Meewisse

Dr. Meewisse is leading the Department for Psychological Trauma at the institute for mental health GGZ Noord-Holland Noord. Her work as a clinical psychologist with patients with childhood and workrelated psychopathology is characterized by her specialization in a diversity of evidence-based traumafocused therapies. Since 2005 dr. Meewisse trains and supervises clinicians in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder nationally and internationally. She is member of a committee advising the National Police on work-related PTSD, and the president of the Dutch Society of Psychotrauma (NtVP) since 2014.


Dr. Jana Javakhashvili (Secretary of the board)

Georgia: GSP, the Georgian Traumatic Stress Society


I am one of the initiators and facilitators (lecturing professor) of a Mental Health/Psychotraumatology Masters’ Program at Ilia State University (the largest university in Georgia), which is functional since October 2012. Becoming a board member of ESTSS will help me to keep our masters’ program curricula corresponding to the European standards and newest evidence and to bridge Ilia State University with the relevant European institutions and academic events (like ECOTS).

Curriculum Vitae: Jana Javakhishvili

Małgorzata Dragan :

PTBST, the Polish Traumatic Stress Society


Dr. Cherie Armour

United Kingdom: UKPTS,  the UK Psychological Trauma Society


Ansgar Rougemont

Switzerland: La Société Suisse de Psychotraumatologie, The Swiss Society of PsychoTraumatology (SSPT)


Evaldas Kazlauskas, PhD

Lithuania: Lithuanian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (LSTSS)

Evaldas Kazlauskas, PhD, is associate professor at Vilnius University, he is the head of Center for Psychotraumatology at Vilnius university, and the President of the Lithuanian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.


Vittoria Ardino

Italy: The Italian Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress (SISST)

Vittoria Ardino is a Psychotraumatologist and holds a Master in Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy. She is the President of the Italian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.She has an established track record in psychotraumatology. Specifically, her research investigated interlink between early trauma and later adverse outcomes, in both victims and perpetrators.Recently her research interests shifted to policy research. She is interested in integrating her expertise on trauma with mental health policy and health economics to challenge service delivery for traumatised children. She evaluated trauma-informed care in youth mental health services across Italy and developed trauma-related economic models of child maltreatment and child migration.Her publications focus on the causes of PTSD development, trauma-informed services and on the impact of PTSD on re-offending risk. She edited two books on childhood trauma and PTSD. Vittoria presented at many conferences on child maltreatment and trauma as an invited speaker.


Margarida Figueiredo-Braga

Portugal: Centro de Trauma – Portugal 

Prof. Dr. Figueiredo-Braga is Associated Professor teaching patient-provider communication at the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy in the University of Porto and serve as Deputy National Representative of the European Association of Communication in Healthcare. Her research focuses on psychosocial and immune mechanisms related to traumatic events. She is certified Psychotherapist and Psychotherapist Supervisor in Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy since 2000 and supervise curricular units in the Doctoral Programme of Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health and in the ESTSS Psychotraumatology Workshop.


Dean Ajduković

Croatia: Croatian Society for Traumatic Stress

Professor Dean Ajduković, Ph.D. is full professor of social psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia (since 1993). His research and teaching topics include psychological trauma and recovery; interethnic relations; post-conflict community social reconstruction; prevention of intimate partner violence; program evaluation; qualitative research methodology. He has extensive experience in providing services to distressed and traumatized individuals and communities. He serves as a reviewer for a number of international professional journals and sits on editorial boards of European Journal of Psychotraumatology, Intervention and Social Psychiatry.



Natalia Nalyvaiko

Ukraine: USOCTE, Ukrainian Society of Overcoming the Consequences of Traumatic Events

Natalia Nalyvaiko, Master of psychology,  specialization in clinical psychology, psychopathology and psychoanalysis from the University of Strasbourg. Member of the European Association of Psychotherapy. Member of Psychological Crisis Service of Ukraine.  Teaching at the International Institute of Depth psychology (Kyiv). Was on the foundation of Ukrainian Association of Specialist for Overcoming of the Consequences of Traumatic Stress (UASOCTS). As her assignment and role in ESTSS she sees integration of Ukrainian community into European context.


Filip Amberg

Sweden: SPTF, Swedish Society for Psychotrauma (Svenska PsykoTraumaFöreningen)

Dr. Arnberg is associate professor in clinical psychology and Director of the National Centre for Disaster Psychiatry, Department of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Sweden. As a lic. clinical psychologist, he works with trauma-focused psychological treatments in outpatient psychiatry. His research within psychotraumatology mainly concerns psychosocial consequences of disasters in children and adults. Dr. Arnberg is the current President of the Swedish Society for Psychotrauma.


Naomi Vandamme

Belgium: BIP, Belgian Institute for Psychotraumatology

Wissam El-Hage

Representative of individual members

Wissam El-Hage is Professor of Psychiatry at the University François Rabelais and CHRU de Tours, France. He is notably in charge of a medico-psychological emergency unit (CUMP) and of an outpatient clinic in psychotraumatology offering different trauma-focused therapies. He conducted his research projects as a member of the INSERM Unit U930 ‘Imaging & Brain’. His current research focuses mainly on the potential therapeutic role of neurostimulation on depression and PTSD (using repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, transcranial direct-current stimulation). He is a founder member of the French network ABC des Psychotraumas.


Ex-officio Members

Prof. Dr. Vedat Sar (Immediate Past President)

Prof.Dr. Vedat Sar is a psychiatrist serving as clinician, teacher, and researcher.

He is former President to the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters on epidemiology, clinical exploration, and psychotherapy of clinical consequences of childhood trauma, complex PTSD, and dissociative disorders.  Prof.Sar received numerous honors including David Caul, Morton Prince, Cornelia Wilbur, Pierre Janet, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. He serves in editorial boards of Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and European Journal of Psychotraumatology. Having been affiliated with Istanbul University for more than 20 years, he is a Professor of Psychiatry in Koç University School of Medicine (KUSOM) currently. He is a consultant in Koc University Hospital and American Hospital, and also in private practice in Istanbul, Turkey.


Prof. Dr. Miranda Olff

Prof. Dr. Miranda Olff is leading the Center for Psychological Trauma at the department of Psychiatry at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) of the University of Amsterdam. Chair: ‘Neurobiological mechanisms of prevention and treatment in trauma and PTSD’. She is Director of Research & Strategy at the Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group (Arq), the national psychotrauma center in the Netherlands. She is the past president of both the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has recently been trained in Corporate Governance. Miranda Olff is Editor-in-Chief of ESTSS’s Open Access journal: the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT), impact factor 3.3. Her research focuses on the psychological and biological responses to traumatic stress and the effects of (early) interventions (e.g. oxytocin or e-Health) after mass trauma or individual events.

LinkedIn: Miranda Olff, Twitter: Molff

Dr. Tommaso Farma

Co-Chair of ESTSS certification committee

Dr. Tommaso Farma was Head Psychiatrist in Inpatient Day Hospital Psychiatric Department and Outpatient Psychiatric Department at General Hospital Vimercate (Milano)  Italy. Year 1986 onwards, he has served as a family doctor, family systemic therapist, MD psychiatrist and acupuncture practice, psychoterapist, psychoanalist OPIFER. He holds a certificate on Adult Attachment Interview from University of California. He was vice president at EMDR Italy and SISST board member.  Currently he is ESTSS board member (ex officio), Co-chair of ESTSS Certification Committee and Co-chair of Treatment task force, Lecturer in Masters of psycho-traumatology  ARP Milano and Lecturer in School of Psychotherapy Panta Rei - Milano, Lecturer in Psychiatry at LUdeS - Lugano (CH). Private practice as psychotherapist, psycho-traumatologist and psychiatrist in Milano Italy.

Trudy Mooren, PhD

Co-Chair of ESTSS certification committee

Gavin Rees M.A.

Executive directorJournalist and Coordinator Dart Centre Europe

Prof. Dr. Barbara Juen

TENTS-TP Liaising Person, Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck and Head of Psychosocial Support, Austrian Red Cross


Executive staff

Zoran Sukovic

Executive Secretary