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Dr. Eileen Borris, Psychologist, Educator, Trainer, Lecturer

Eileen Borris

Dr. Eileen Borris is a licensed clinical psychologist, political psychologist and educator/trainer deeply involved in the healing of emotional wounds on a personal and political level. She maintains a private practice working with couples dealing with difficult issues and individuals grappling with physical illness, loss and grief. Dr. Borris is also the Director of Training and Program Development for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy where she works in the area of international conflict resolution. Some of the places Dr. Borris has worked include Nepal, with the Tibetan government in Exile, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. She has also worked for USAID and UNIFEM. Within these many diverse projects Dr. Borris teaches processes of forgiveness and reconciliation within the broader context of conflict resolution and international peacebuilding. She also sets up regional and national dialogue processes within a context of scenario building and reconciliation in countries with emerging democracies.

Dr. Borris has written two books on forgiveness, one called “Forgiveness the Ultimate Freedom,” which has been bought in five foreign countries, and the other “Finding Forgiveness: A 7 Step Program for Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness” a self-help book on forgiveness, which was published by McGraw-Hill in October 2006. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written a foreword to both books. She has presented at many national and international conferences including the United Nations covering topics in international peacemaking and peacebuilding; forgiveness and reconciliation as an integral part of post conflict reconstruction, and the importance of healing wounds of the past as part of the work of conflict resolution.

In the mid-1990s, Dr. Borris joined the Executive Committee of Division 48–The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology division of the American Psychological Association and now is a former past president of the division. In 1995, Dr. Borris began teaching courses in conflict resolution, negotiation and multi-track diplomacy in the International Studies Department of Thunderbird School of Global Management. She introduced a new course on International Corporate Diplomacy with the focus on business and peacebuilding. In 2006 Dr. Borris began teaching a course on “Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Post-Conflict Environments” at the Peacebuilding and Development Institute at American University. She also teaches at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Borris received her doctorate in psychology from Columbia University (1985), a certificate of advanced studies in Communicative Sciences from Johns Hopkins University (1980), and a Masters degree from Columbia University (1972). She is a member of the International Society for Political Psychology, Psychologist for Social Responsibility, American Psychological Association–Peace Psychology Division, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology.

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