Visiting Teacher, Contemplative Care Instructor
CHERYL A. GILES, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Harvard Divinity School. She teaches courses on spiritual care, trauma, and contemplative care of the dying.
A core faculty member of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Cheryl enjoys mentoring students who are preparing for chaplaincy, racial justice, and healing ministry, and those interested in research on trauma psychology and meditation practices.
Cheryl is co-editor with Pamela Ayo Yetunde of Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom (Shambala Publication, 2020). In 2020-2021, she was a Visiting Research Scholar in the Sociology Department at Brandeis University, working in the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab on a research project “Mapping Buddhist Chaplains in North America.”