Richard P. Kluft Award for 2016 Best Article Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

The selection committee is delighted to announce the winner and two runner-ups of the Richard P. Kluft Award for Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 2016 Best Article.

Gómez, J. M., Lewis, J. K., Noll, L. K., Smidt, A. M., & Birrell, P. J. (2016). Shifting the focus: Nonpathologizing approaches to healing from betrayal trauma through an emphasis on relational care.
Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 17(2), 165-185.

This article provides an excellent framework for understanding the complexities of working with survivors of trauma. It successfully describes the danger in pathologizing reactions to extreme stress and discusses an adaptive treatment model, relational cultural therapy, that emphasizes the importance of the relationship when working with survivors. The article incorporates both empirically supported treatment options as well as influences from all spheres of the socioecological model, including the importance of empowerment, in treating individuals who have experienced complex trauma. 

Runners Up:
Byun, S., Brumariu, L. E., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2016). Disorganized attachment in young adulthood as a partial mediator of relations between severity of childhood abuse and dissociation. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 17(4), 460-479. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2016.1141149

This study is based on a unique 20-year prospective dataset.  It provides important insight into the role of attachment problems in the relationship between childhood maltreatment and adult dissociation.

Dorahy, M. J., Peck, R. K., & Huntjens, R. J. C. (2016). The impact of dissociation on perceptual priming and intrusions after listening to auditory narratives.
Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 17(4), 410-425.

This study uses creative methodology to induce dissociation in the laboratory and to measure perceptual priming and subsequent intrusions. This study has the potential to stimulate more innovative work in the causal role of dissociation to the development of intrusive memories.