8/4/11 James Boehnlein, MD, and Dave Kinzie, MD contribute to book on Cambodian refugees

Cambodia’s Hidden Scars, Trauma Psychology in the Wake of the Khmer Rouge

Department of Psychiatry Professors James Boehnlein, MD, and Dave Kinzie, MD, are contributing authors to a new book on Cambodia's refugees and mental health. Cambodia's Hidden Scars, Trauma Psychology in the Wake of the Khmer Rouge is being published this summer by the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam).

"Dr. Kinzie and I have treated Cambodian refugees in our department's Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) for the past 30 years, and we have published dozens of papers on Cambodian refugee mental health," said Dr. Boehnlein. "We were invited to consult to DC-Cam to provide education and training for their staff on psychological trauma, along with assisting with the assessment of current trauma mental health services in Cambodia."

To accomplish this, IPP hosted two DC-Cam staff members for training in Portland, and Dr. Boehnlein traveled twice to Cambodia over the last couple of years. The authors collaborated on an introductory chapter titled, "The Effect of the Khmer Rouge on the Mental Health of Cambodia and Cambodians," and Dr. Boehnlein was a co-author on a concluding chapter, "Analysis of Trauma-Related Mental Health Resources in Cambodia."

The book contains scholarly contributions from experts in psychiatry, psychology, law, and the social sciences. According to Dr. Boehnlein, DC-Cam has the world's largest repository of information and documents related to the Khmer Rouge genocide, and has been a leading agency in providing evidence for the United Nations/Cambodia war crimes trials currently taking place.

The publication is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).