About Dr. Pamela Lane-Garon
I was a classroom teacher (K-12, regular and special ed) for 15 years and a child and family therapist for five. I received my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1997 from Arizona State University where I concentrated on the social-cognitive development of children in the context of conflict. I am a mediator and mediation trainer, having studied with CDR, Colorado, Community Boards of San Francisco, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine, and others. In addition to my 'day job' as Professor in the Kremen School preparing future teachers, counselors and administrators, I assist local schools developing conflict resolution education and peer mediation programs. My research over the last twelve years at Fresno State has focused on the effects of conflict resolution practices on students, processes and settings. I currently serve as President of the Central California Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution and am on the Board of the National Association for Conflict Resolution's Education Section. One of the greatest pleasures of my work is to observe changes in all participants of mentored, peer mediation. The university student, the elementary or middle school student, the site-based teachers, administrators and sometimes even parents and professors «develop in positive ways» as a result of engaging in constructive conflict resolution processes.