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Mary Zinkin

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Office Hours: By Arrangement


Courses Taught

Negotiation and Mediation
Advanced Mediation
Transforming Anger
Applied Conflict Interventions
Workplace Mediation
Trauma Resiliency
Working with the Emotions in Conflict
Organizational Conflict
Managing Change
Creative Problem Solving
Thesis Prep Seminar

Academic Career

Dr. Mary Zinkin is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of conflict resolution and mediation, obtaining her basic and advanced training in mediation in 1983.  She received her Masters in Organizational Behavior in 1985 and Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution in 1987. In 1989 she created and taught a three-term sequence Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Mediation at Marylhurst University and then in 1991 created and offered a 55-hour Certificate of Completion training in Negotiation and Mediation for Portland State University’s Extended Studies Program.   

Dr. Zinkin founded the Center for Conflict Studies to provide training, consultation, and mentoring in the mediation community and was actively involved in the early development of the Oregon Mediation Association. She co-founded the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program at Portland State University and served as Assistant Director until deciding in 2002 to pursue developing additional expertise in working with law enforcement, building trauma resiliency, and facilitating Restorative Justice Dialogues.  From 1996-2006 Dr. Zinkin provided all sworn and non-sworn personnel at the Hillsboro Police Department a full 32-hour Basic Mediation Training.   She served as a volunteer for the initial Use of Force and Performance Review Board for the Portland Police Bureau and provided in-service training in Communication and Conflict for all sworn personnel from 2005-2006.  She has presented “How Mindfulness and Loving-kindness Support Mediator Presence” at conferences for Northwest Dispute Resolution and the Oregon Mediation Association.  

Mary returned to serve as Core Faculty in the Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution in Fall 2012, and is the Faculty Advisor for the clinical component of the program - the Conflict Resolution Resource Center.  Dynamic in the classroom she inspires students through her ability to integrate grounded theory with practical application.  She has served as an organizational consultant in private practice for over 25 years offering facilitation, mediation, training, leadership development, team building, coaching, and anger management for individuals, groups, and organizations.  Dr. Zinkin, an ordained Buddhist Chaplain, provides Serious and Violent Crime Facilitated Dialogue services.   She is also a volunteer with the Oregon Department of Corrections Facilitated Dialogue program.  She offers trauma resiliency support for police officers involved in critical incidents and is a Community Resiliency Model trainer with the Trauma Resource Institute.  Mary is a member of the Northwest Justice Forum Conference planning committee and is working with Partnership for Safety and Justice on several justice reinvestment projects. 

In 2015 Dr. Zinkin founded the Center for Trauma Support Services, a community based nonprofit organization.  While currently in early stages of development the mission is to address the needs of trauma survivors and their families, particularly victims of reported and unreported crime, with services that restore safety and create connections.  


“Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law; hate by love alone is healed.” 
– the Dhammapada. 

Personal Statement

Learning is my passion and using the ingredients of my life to serve others is my deepest intention.   I enjoy music, being in nature, and spending time with my spouse Debby and mini-Australian Shepherd Sadie.