Pamela Steiner

FXB Fellow

FXB Building, 7th Floor
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Dr. Pamela Steiner is a Fellow with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and an Associate of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

She directs the Intercommunal Trust Building Project, which aims to contribute to an improvement in the relationship between Armenian and Turkish communities.

More generally, the project seeks to add to understanding of the psychology that propels violence between communities as well as the psychology of healing and building productive relationships post-violence. The project’s primary activities have included Track 2 workshops for Armenian and Turkish participants and a public meeting with Hasan Cemal. Dr. Steiner speaks and lectures widely on these topics. To identify more transformative and hence more effective possibilities for the work of conflict resolution, she is writing a book on the sources and manifestations of collective trauma in the Armenian/Turkish/Azeri and the Jewish/German/Israeli/Palestinian situations.

She co-founded the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center of International Affairs (1995-2003). She has extensive experience in conflict resolution and reconciliation efforts, especially with Germans and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians, and Armenians and Turks.

Dr. Steiner also practices as a psychotherapist specializing in working with individuals with a history of trauma. She is certified in Somatic Experiencing, a new approach to healing from trauma. For twelve years she was a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Steiner  holds an M.A. in Government from Harvard University, and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology and an Ed.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Selected Talks

2012 Click here to read Pam’s “Armenian Empowerment and 2015: An Addition to Advocacy”, presented at the April Armenian Genocide Memorial event in Peabody, Massachusetts

2011 Click here  to read Pam’s remarks, “Possible Steps towards Building Trust Between Armenians and Turks?”, at the AGBU, Asbeds event, featuring Hasan Cemal, Los Angeles; at the end of my remarks is a column in The California Courier by Harut Sassounian attacking my remarks; at the end of HS’s column is my reply published by HS in The California Courier.

2008 Click here to read Pam’s speech, “Healing and Reconciliation For All Peoples of Asia Minor and Istanbul”, at The Henry Morgenthau Remembrance event, Athens, Greece.

Selected Publications

2015. “Henry Morgenthau’s Voice in History.” Journal of Psychohistory. 42 (3), Winter 2015, 200-220. This essay is based on but is significantly changed from the publication mentioned just below.

2012. “Henry Morgenthau’s Voice in History and a Brief Reflection on One Aspect of Improving Relations Post-Violence” Euxeinos Club of Thessaloniki, Greece. Please note that the publication is in English and Greek.

2009. “Combining Empathy with Problem Solving: The Tamra Model of Facilitation in Israel.” With Eileen Babbitt, Jabir Asaqla, Chassia Chomsky-Porat,and Shirli Kirschner. In Building Peace: Practical Reflections from the Field, ed. Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubenstein. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press, 157-178.

1989. “In Collusion with the Nation: A Case Study of Group Dynamics at a Strategic Nuclear Policymaking Meeting.”  Political Psychology, 10, 4, 647-673.