Recent natural and human made catastrophes have highlighted the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to the study, treatment, and prevention of trauma-related suffering. Founded at New York University in 1997, the International Trauma Studies Program is directed by Dr. Jack Saul, is an independent non profit organization offering training and organizational support for organizations, government agencies, and start up companies.

The program has been enriched by the participation of a diverse student body and faculty ranging from mental health professionals, healthcare providers, attorneys, and human rights advocates, to journalists and media professionals, academicians, oral historians, and artists. Students and professionals are given the opportunity to develop and share innovative approaches to address the psychosocial needs of trauma survivors, their families, and communities. ITSP offers a dynamic combination of academic studies, research, and practical experience working with trauma survivors in New York City, the U.S., and abroad.