POW: Peace Over War: Using Mediation and Conflict Resolution to Reconcile International and Local Disputes by Barbara Melamed, Ph. D

Based on her own activism in the Gandhi International Institute of Peace and Mediators Beyond Borders this book applied her Harvard Law School Negotiation Principles of Mediation to 9/11, Kent State University killings, Croatia-Bosnia, Cambodia, Immigration and orphan issues and todays Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Class injustices. PTSD and moral guilt in soldiers is addressed through her own clinical work and review of scientific journals. The use of mindfulness, meditation and spirituality in their own clinical or legal work are used throughout as ways of helping individuals cope with traumatic experiences for others, while keeping their own sense of balance a priority.

Dr. Barbara Melamed her work as a Mediator Beyond Borders International, and participation in Rotary International and for the Intensive Training Institute of Women Peacemakers in Jakarta and Bali Indonesia is a continuation of her volunteerism in countries during conflicts which people/families are at risk for PTSD. As Founder and Director of Behavior Medicine Associates for over 20 years as a Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist she earned an University of Hawaii Matsunaga Institute of Peace & Conflict Education. She achieved in 2019 Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation Master Executive Mediator. She actively mediates struggles between indigenous peoples and political forces. She has funded research from NIH, NIMH, Cleveland Foundation and Arthritis Foundation for research in anxiety, trauma and health. Her book on Behavioral Medicine received the 4th Best Book Award from Behavioral Science Books. She also co-edited a book on Child Health Psychology and family issues. She was former Director of Training at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii’s foremost military hospital and worked with the V.A.’s programs during Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and devotes volunteer work with our returning warriors and their families. She was editor of Health Psychology and currently serves on many journals including European Journal of Psychology & Psychiatry. She presented at NATO in Turkey and gave the invited address at the International Congress on Aging in Bengalura, India. Currently is a Clinical Affiliate Professor at the University of Hawaii and former Adjunct Professor at John A. Burns College of Medicine and supervises healthcare workers, faculty and students during the COVID epidemic.


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