Eli Somer, Ph.D. completed his doctorate at the University of Florida in 1984. He is a second-generation survivor of the Holocaust, an Israeli war veteran and peace activist. He is the former president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD). He is also the Scientific Advisor of Trauma and Dissociation Israel (TDIL). Dr. Somer is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Israel. In his scientific research, academic teaching and clinical practice, Somer focuses on the both acute and chronic psychological outcomes of mental stress and psychological trauma, as well as on trauma-related dissociation.