Betty Snyder

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Dispute Resolution

Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling


Psy.D., Alliant International, California School of Professional Psychology


6401 Airline Rd, Suite 201
Dallas, TX 75205



Dr. Snyder serves as director and faculty within the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at Southern Methodist University where 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.

As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Snyder 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 recent book, “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.