SMU Faculty Experts

Betty Gilmore

Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Betty Gilmore’s areas of specialization include conflict engagement, human rights, communication and cross-cultural issues. 

A licensed clinical psychologist, Gilmore is director and a faculty member of SMU's Center for Dispute Resolution. She teaches graduate courses in mediation, communication, the psychology of conflict and neuroscience.   She also teaches for The Werner Institute for Negotiation at the Creighton School of Law and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law.

Prior to her work at SMU, she worked as a program director for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law.  She provided a wide range of ADR services including multi-party mediation to governmental agencies, policymakers and others involved in public disputes.  Through her work at CPPDR, she served as a visiting faculty member at Hiroshima University. 

Gilmore has worked in clinical, teaching, training, supervisory and consulting roles in a wide variety of settings including academic, workplace, private practice, community and health care. She continues to consult and deliver training and professional presentations both nationally and internationally.  Her areas of specialization include conflict engagement, human rights, communication and cross cultural issues. 

She is the co-author of The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons, and serves on the board for the Texas After Violence Project.  

Can Discuss:

  • Impact of solitary confinement
  • Mediation
  • Psychology of conflict
  • Human rights
  • Cross-cultural conflicts

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