Svang Tor is a Senior Clinician and Consultant/Liaison for HPRT. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of refugee mental health. Ms. Tor, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge killing fields, began working as a Senior Mental Health Specialist for the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic in 1987. Between 1994 and 1999, she developed the curriculum for and helped to implement training projects in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and on the Thai-Cambodian border. The purpose was to train primary care physicians and counselors as mental health providers, and teach them how to train other doctors.
Working with Dr. Mollica with the assistance of Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, Ms. Tor recruited, interviewed and transcribed the oral histories of ten Cambodian-American women and a group of Cambodian-American teenagers for HPRT’s “Courage and Resiliency” project. She also co-directs the HPRT shadow puppet project, and is collaborating on the production of a Cambodian comic book. Ms. Tor has received several awards for her work, including the Unsung Heroes Award from the Healthy Boston Coalition, a Certificate of Recognition from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and a Research Recognition Award from the Society for Family Therapy and Research. Currently she is overseeing HPRT’s “Statewide Network of Local Care to Survivors of Torture” (IPC+) project in the Cambodian communities of Lynn and Lowell.