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Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2019 Nov 20;10(1):1672948. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2019.1672948. eCollection 2019.

A decennial review of psychotraumatology: what did we learn and where are we going?

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Department of Psychiatry, Amsterdam University Medical Centers (location AMC), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, Diemen, The Netherlands.
Departemnts of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Human and Molecular Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.
School of Psychology, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Section for implementation and treatment research, Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Oslo Norway.
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, USA.
Department of Community Mental Health, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.
Department of Psychology, Odense, Denmark.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Research Unit, Western University of Canada, London, ON, Canada.
Psychology and Psychological Therapies Directorate, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK.
Division of Psychological Medicine & Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
Department of Clinical and Biological Psychology, KU Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Eichstaett, Germany.
Section for trauma, catastrophes and forced migration - children and youth, Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Oslo, Norway.


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On 6 December 2019 we start the 10th year of the European Journal of Psychotraumatogy (EJPT), a full Open Access journal on psychotrauma. This editorial is part of a special issue/collection celebrating the 10 years anniversary of the journal where we will acknowledge some of our most impactful articles of the past decade (also discussed below and marked with * in the reference list). In this editorial the editors present a decennial review of the field addressing a range of topics that are core to both the journal and to psychotraumatology as a discipline. These include neurobiological developments (genomics, neuroimaging and neuroendocrine research), forms of trauma exposure and impact across the lifespan, mass trauma and early interventions, work-related trauma, trauma in refugee populations, and the potential consequences of trauma such as PTSD or Complex PTSD, but also resilience. We address innovations in psychological, medication (enhanced) and technology-assisted treatments, mediators and moderators like social support and finally how new research methods help us to gain insights in symptom structures or to better predict symptom development or treatment success. We aimed to answer three questions 1. Where did we stand in 2010? 2. What did we learn in the past 10 years? 3. What are our knowledge gaps? We conclude with a number of recommendations concerning top priorities for the future direction of the field of psychotraumatology and correspondingly the journal.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Trauma; complex PTSD; exposure; genomics; lifespan; mass trauma; medication; neurobiology; prevention; refugees; research methods; technology; treatment; work-related; • Celebrating 10 years of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology the editors present a decennial review of core topics in the field and conclude with recommendations concerning top priorities for future research.

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