Dr. Peg LeVine is a registered Clinical Psychologist (Ed.D.) and Medical Anthropologist (Ph.D.), and specialises in traumatic studies. She holds a professorial position in the School of Global Health at the University of Melbourne, where she supervises PhD students who research transcultural development, refugee studies, and Morita therapy.
Peg is a scholar and practitioner of Morita Therapy; she trained in Japan between 1987 and 1999 under the late Akihisa Kondo, MD. Peg was editor of Morita Therapy and the True Nature of Anxiety-based Disorders (State University of New York Press, 1998). She was awarded the Shoma Morita Prize in 2011 in Tokyo, and is the first woman recipient of this international award.
Peg consults to health-development organisations, and works directly with survivors of sex trafficking in Southeast Asia. She is a clinical consultant to the Victorian Survivors of Torture Foundation, and assesses and treats asylum seekers who have been in detention, and refugees.
Her most recent book is with University of Hawaii Press and Singapore Press, Love and Dread in Cambodia: Weddings, Births and Ritual Harm Under the Khmer Rouge. She coined the term Ritualcide in the Genocide literature.
As a bronze, wax, and ceramic sculptor, Peg’s images and exhibitions are simultaneously revealing and containing, and graceful and stiff – illustrating trauma fallout.