Dr Tor Phern Chern attained his medical degree at the National University of Singapore under the Singapore Armed Forces Local Study Award. In his military career, he served as Head of Psychological Care Centre (PCC) in the Singapore Armed Forces and was responsible for the provision of psychiatric care for all enlistees and regular staff.
In his psychiatric career, Dr Tor distinguished himself by obtaining the Eli-Lilly Gold Medal and the Singapore Psychiatric Association Book Prize for his undergraduate and postgraduate psychiatric examinations, respectively. He has been active in education and research, publishing more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and being an adjunct assistant professor in psychiatry and ethics tutor for the Yong Loo Ling School of Medicine, Duke-NUS School of Medicine and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He underwent advanced research and neurostimulation training at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. He is currently Head of Neurostimulation Service in the Institute of Mental Health,Singapore.