For its story examining the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma on Cambodian survivors of the genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime, IRIN News (Integrated Regional Information Networks), a United Nations news service, interviewed Saint Mary's education professor Sandra Mattar.
The article "Localizing treatment for emotional trauma in Cambodia," quotes Mattar extensively; noting her academic research into the intersection of trauma and culture on identity in ethnic and racial groups.
Among other observations, Mattar talks about the importance of tailoring trauma treatment with a clear sense of cultural awareness. "We should not assume that treatments developed for PTSD in the West are helpful or useful in non-Western contexts,” said Mattar.
IRIN News contacted the Kalmanovitz School of Education professor because she is widely respected in her field. Mattar was recently appointed as associate editor of the academic journal "Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy" which is published by the American Psychological Association.
The IRIN News service was launched in 1995, in response to the Rwandan genocide. It is an editorially independent, non-profit project of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), funded entirely by voluntary contributions from governments and other institutions.