Faculty & Staff

Jeanne Cleary, MA

Lecturer in Conflict Resolution; Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School


Areas of Expertise

Mediator Training, Family and Divorce Mediation, Resolution of Domestic Conflicts


MA, Clinical Psychology, Lesley University
BA, Theology and Psychology, Bates College

Additional Information

Jeanne Cleary has provided mediation, facilitation, relational psychotherapy, and training in her private practice in Watertown since 1987.   

In addition to her years as an instructor with the UMass Boston Graduate Programs in Conflict Resolution Mediation Internship program, Ms. Cleary has trained mediators in basic and divorce mediation through her affiliation with the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge, MA. She has also developed training and conflict engagement strategies for corporations, nonprofits, educational organizations and religious organizations. Ms. Cleary has also taught courses in conflict resolution at Boston University. She has presented at numerous conferences including for the Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem, Flaschner Judicial Institute, the Boston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Cleary has had extensive experience in the resolution of domestic conflicts, beginning with her work as a founding staff of a home for runaway adolescents in 1979, work in the Sexual Abuse Investigation Unit of Juvenile Court in Kansas City, KS, to her work at Suffolk Probate and Family Court in Boston where she mediated divorce cases and contributed to the development of the family court mediation program in the early 1980s. From 1987 to 2000, Ms. Cleary served as a clinical ongoing guardian ad litem, a court-appointed service which provides for ongoing mediation, guidance and consultation to families with chronic child access disputes. In 1991 Ms. Cleary was a founding clinician and clinical director of Meeting Place, a supervised child access project in Cambridge, MA.