Cheryl Giles, PsyD

About The Teacher

Cheryl A. Giles, PsyD, is the Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling at Harvard Divinity School where she has been a member of the faculty since 1997. Her primary research interests are identifying the role of risk and resilience in developing healthy adolescents and contemplative care for the dying. Professor Giles received training and certification in end-of-life care from Upaya Zen Center, and teaches courses on contemplative care of the dying and mentors students who are preparing for healthcare chaplaincy and research on the psychology of contemplative care. Professor Giles is the co-editor with Lama Willa of The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (Wisdom Press, 2012). She has authored articles on contemplative care of the dying and preparing clinicians to become compassionate caregivers. At Natural Dharma Fellowship, Cheryl teaches contemplative care retreats, and is on the Board of Directors.


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