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Richard Goerling, M.B.A.
Richard Goerling, M.B.A.

Adjunct Faculty

Criminology & Criminal Justice


M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2001
B.S., Economics, Portland State University, 1991

Richard has served in civilian law enforcement for over twenty years. He’s held both federal and municipal level positions and has served as a criminal investigator, patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant, and currently serves as a patrol lieutenant in Hillsboro, Oregon. Over the last decade, Richard has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful and resilient warrior-humanitarian ethos. He is a thought leader in the arena of resiliency, human performance optimization, leading change and community building in policing.

Richard served as a member of the United States Coast Guard for 27 years, both active and reserve, and retired in 2015 at the rank of Commander while assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston, SC. His early active-duty tours include serving as a deck watch officer and law enforcement officer aboard a high endurance cutter, and as an instructor at the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement academy. He served as a strategic planner at the National Incident Command during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response.

Richard serves as an affiliate assistant professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at Pacific University in Oregon and co-investigator in NIH funded research looking at mindfulness in policing. He is the lead trainer in a research project with West Virginia University and Marshall University bringing mindfulness to first responders deeply impacted by the opioid overdose epidemic.

Richard completed a year-long training program at the University of California at Los Angeles, Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) under the direction of Diana Winston, Dr. Susan Smalley, and Dr. Marvin Belzer. He is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA.

Richard continues to train and speak about resiliency for first responders around the nation. He facilitates a social media presence at and has a history of published academic and professional work. He is an avid swimmer and meditator, a reluctant runner, and a content introvert that enjoys time with his family to recharge.