Dr. Cheryl Picard PhD, MSW, BA


Dr. Cheryl Picard, professor emeritus Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, is an educator, mediator, conflict specialist and coach in interpersonal, workplace, restorative justice and community-based conflicts. After retiring from Carleton in 2013, she returned to Prince Edward Island and established a small consulting firm, Cheryl Picard & Associates, to bring change through learning in conflict and mediation contexts. Dr. Picard is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Communication, Leadership and Culture at the University of Prince Edward Island, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Council, School of Humanitarian Studies, Royal Roads University, Victoria B. C.

Dr. Picard is active locally, nationally and internationally. She brings a relational ideology to her teaching and conflict resolution practice through her views that people are connected to each other through complex webs of relationships, patterns of interaction, and meaning-making. Cheryl has a long list of accomplishments over the nearly four decades that she has been involved in the study and resolution of conflict. Notable international activities include her ongoing work with the Coalition for the Protection of Children in Bermuda where she teaches mediation to professionals, and where from 1993 to 2003 she helped implement school peer mediation and conflict management curriculum programs Bermuda wide. More recently she supported the work of “Community Peacemakers” in San Fernando Trinidad, a group of mediators trained in the insight approach who offer free mediation services to community groups and individuals. Her work with the Felix Varela Centre in Cuba from 2001 to 2004 helped further grass-root non-violent collaborative problem solving through the teaching of conflict resolution, mediation, and coaching skills to Cuban professionals and community leaders.

In 2008, Cheryl was one of 50 women from across Canada recognized for long-standing peace work

During her 25 years at Carleton University she founded the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program, the Centre for Conflict Education and Research, and the Mediation Centre. Her teaching and research led to insight mediation and the insight approach to conflict, both of which address conflict through a process of learning that helps conflicting parties change negative patterns of interaction enabling them to interact in less threatening and conflictual ways. Dr. Picard has taught courses at Teachers College Columbia University; the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University; the Law University of Lithuania in Vilnius; Royal Roads University, and the University of Winnipeg. She has lectured at Universities in Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand. Her non-academic Canadian accomplishments include founding a victim-offender mediation program in 1978 in Halifax; implementing one of the first high school peer mediation programs in Canada in 1985; and establishing the Neighbourhood Coalition for Conflict Resolution in 1995 a non-profit, multi-cultural community based conflict resolution program in a large social housing community in Ottawa.

Cheryl is the author of 4 books. Her most recent, Practicing Insight Mediation (2016), published by the University of Toronto Press, focuses on the skills of mediation and conflict resolution using the insight approach, while Transforming Conflict through Insight (2008) provides a theoretical explanation of insight theory and its application to conflict. The Art and Practice of Mediation, 2nd Edition (2015), is a university text co-authored with three others; while Mediating Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict (2002), is an introductory mediation primer that was translated in Spanish for her work in Cuba. Dr. Picard also has a long list of published articles and conference papers.

In 2008, Cheryl was one of 50 women from across Canada recognized for long-standing peace work by the Department of Peace Initiative in cooperation with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Civilian Peace Service Canada. That same year she was recognized by Family Mediation Canada with the FAMMA Award for exceptional contributions to the field. She was nominated for the Ottawa YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction award in the category of Education and Training in 2009, and awarded the first “Honourary Accredited Family Mediator” from the Ontario Association for Family Mediation for valuable and distinguished services to the family mediation profession in 2016.