James Lavelle

Co-Founder, 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.

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