Staff from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

Richard Mollica

Richard F. Mollica, MD, MARis the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico and completed his Psychiatry residency at Yale Medical School. While at Yale he also trained in epidemiology and received a philosophy degree from the Divinity School. In 1981, Dr. Mollica co-founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC). Over the past two decades HPRT and IPC have pioneered the mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture. HPRT/IPC’s clinical model has been replicated throughout the world.

Dr. Mollica has received numerous awards for his work and is the author of the newly published book Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. In 1993, he received the human rights award from the American Psychiatric Association. In 1996, the American Orthopsychiatry Association presented him with the Max Hymen Award. In 2000 he was awarded a visiting professorship to Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, for his contributions during the Kobe earthquake. In 2001 he was selected as a Fulbright New Century scholar. Under Dr. Mollica’s direction, HPRT conducts training, policy and research activities for traumatized populations around the world. HPRT’s screening instruments are considered a gold standard in the field and have been widely translated into over thirty languages. HPRT’s scientific work has helped place mental health issues at the center of the recovery of post-conflict societies.

Dr. Mollica has published over 160 scientific articles. He and his team over the past 30 years have cared for over 10,000 survivors of extreme violence worldwide. Through his research, clinical work and trainings he is recognized as a leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatized people and their communities

James Lavelle

James Lavelle, LICSW, is the Co-Founder of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT). As the Director of the Indochinese Refugee Mental Health Program from 1978-1981, his work established a strong foundation in New England for the future success of HPRT. He started HPRT in 1981 with Richard Mollica M.D., and has spent the past 39 years working as a clinician, educator, researcher, and community organizer pioneering the field of Refugee and Global Mental Health. Currently, James spends his time as a clinician on a grant from the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement serving torture survivors in Massachusetts, as well as providing technical assistance to other torture treatment programs nationally; secondly, he is a member of the team leading the Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program to continue consolidating more than three decades of work through this expanding Community of Practice. Finally, James is also involved in all aspects of HPRT’s ongoing research endeavors and local, national, and international training, peer supervision and consultation with other programs working with populations exposed to violence.