Sujata Regina Swaroop, PsyD
Dr. Sujata Regina Swaroop is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the development and implementation of prevention and intervention initiatives across program, agency, and regional continuum of care levels. Early transnational career experiences, including community development programming in the US Peace Corps, representing the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies as a delegate to the United Nation’s 54th Convention on the Status of Women, and serving as a student delegate to the 2012 NATO Summit galvanized her interests at the intersections of trauma recovery, international psychology, and human rights frameworks. Deeper exploration into and reconnection with her own South Asian, Mexican, and Irish cultural heritages directed her more specifically to interest in working with populations affected by foreign occupation and historical loss, war and displacement, acts of terror, and human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Her research includes publication on intergenerational transmission of trauma in nations with a history of colonization and transnational and culturally-specific models of trauma healing in African and Asian contexts. Through her research, clinical work, advocacy efforts and systems change initiatives, she has come to realize that a strong network of informal and formal community connections is fundamental for promoting and sustaining asset-based change.
Dr. Swaroop received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a specialty in International Psychology and Human Rights. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the internationally renowned Trauma Center. Through her professional capacities, she has provided intensive outpatient trauma-focused psychotherapy and psychological evaluation to clients with histories of polyvictimization, assisted on-site at a federal trial to provide crisis management and therapeutic support to survivors of terror attacks, coordinated provision of care for asylum seeking survivors of torture across psychiatric, medical, and legal providers, and monitored and implemented anti-human trafficking program development to offer mental health services to victims of human trafficking and consultation and training to providers working with trafficking victims throughout the United States. She has offered agency, state, regional, national, and transnational training to FBI agents and law enforcement officials, attorneys, medical professionals, mental health professionals, shelter workers, local political leaders, and community activists. Currently, Dr. Swaroop works in outpatient practice at Life Changes Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts while also engaging in various research, consultation, and training initiatives.
Dr. Swaroop’s research interests include:
Trauma-informed systems change
Human rights and social action
Intersections of evidence-based practice and participatory action/cultural models