Richard Mollica

Richard is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 1981, Dr. Mollica and HPRT have pioneered the medical and mental health care of survivors of mass violence and torture in the United States and abroad.  Under Dr. Mollica's direction, HPRT conducts clinical, training, policy, and research activities for populations affected by mass violence around the world.  Dr. Mollica is currently active in clinical work, research, and as the director of the Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program. This program is the first of its kind in global mental health and post-conflict/disaster planning and clinical care. In its 10th year, the blended-learning course sponsored by Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education is two weeks live in Orvieto, Italy, and five months online. 

Dr. Mollica 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 Yale Divinity School. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Human Rights Award, American Psychiatric Association (1993); the Max Hayman Award, American Orthopsychiatry Association (1996); a lifetime visiting professorship, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan; and the Fulbright Commission’s New Century Scholar Award (2001). Dr. Mollica has published over 160 scientific manuscripts. His book, Healing Invisible Wounds: Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World, is widely available.