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Responsibilities of the Science & Research Coordinator of the ISST Board

Responsibilities include:

General goal/policy

To inform schema therapists, researchers, or anyone interested on developments in research into the various aspects of schema therapy.

Specific tasks of the board member responsible for ‘Research & Scientific Issues’

  • Keeping up with scientific literature on schema therapy and ongoing (international) research into schema therapy
  • Making an update (each year) of newly published scientific articles on various aspects of schema therapy (by providing a list of references in APA style and accompanying abstracts)
  • Assisting researchers in schema therapy, especially in developmental/non-western countries (e.g., sending PDFs of articles they need but do not have access to; putting researchers in contact with one another, who study or are interested in specific aspects of schema therapy; providing methodological advise)
  • Organization of the conference of the ISST, in close collaboration with the Vice President and the Coordinator of Training & Certification.
  • The board member for ‘Research & Scientific Issues’ is responsible for the scientific part of the organization, involving:
  • Selecting (with EB approval) and chairing the scientific committee
  • Setting up a theme and selecting keynote speakers (in consultation with the board)
  • Contact with keynote speakers about the content of their lectures.
  • Writing a call for papers
  • Selecting and categorizing all submissions; sending members of the scientific committee an overview of abstracts, evaluation forms, and instructions
  • Reviewing all submissions and collecting the reviews of the other members of the scientific committee
  • Evaluation of all reviews, ranking of submissions in each category, planning of the final program, writing decision letters to all people who submitted
  • Providing abstracts of presentations in the program, as well as the name, title, and affiliation of each presenter in order to compile a conference book of abstracts
  • Performing an active role during the conference (e.g., arranging the introduction of keynote speakers)
  • Attending board meetings and keeping up accompanying correspondence


·      Free access to an international scientific library, and scientific browsers as Scopus, PsycINFO, PubMed and Omega

·      Expertise in scientific methodology (preferably at PhD level)

·      Knowledge of schema therapy and theory

·      Time (average of about 120 hours a year, with peaks in the year of the conference)

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