Dr Paula Gutlove is Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management Practice at the Simmons College School of Management, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS). At IRSS she founded and directs the international project, Health Bridges for Peace. This project links health care with the prevention and resolution of inter-communal conflict, using a common interest in public health as an opportunity to bring people together for negotiation training, collaborative action, dialogue, and community reconciliation. Dr Gutlove is also a member of the Leadership Team of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative and an Associate of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Dr Gutlove has served as a consultant to numerous international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Dr Gutlove has extensive experience teaching negotiation and managing international conflict. She has taught at universities in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia. Her conflict-management work includes training facilitators in negotiation and conflict management, and promoting community and individual healing from conflict-related trauma. This experience has been gained in war-afflicted areas including the Balkans, the North Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia. Her professional expertise includes development, administration and implementation of programs, and research and education. She has applied these skills to issues including international negotiation and conflict management, post-conflict reconstruction, and building pluralistic civil society. A significant focus of her work has been on using shared public-health interests to build bridges between divided societies.
Dr Gutlove was trained in social science (BS Psychology, Cornell University) and dental medicine (DMD, Boston University), and was a resident in oral surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She has held two post-doctoral fellowships in International Peace and Conflict Management (Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and the Peace Research Center at the Australian National University).