About the Author

This OER was written and developed by Dr Judith Rafferty. Judith has been teaching, researching, and practising in conflict resolution since 2011, including in Australia and internationally. Judith holds a PhD in conflict resolution (JCU, 2021), a Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (JCU, 2011), and a Graduate Diploma in Economics (University of Applied Science Gelsenkirchen, Germany). In 2022, she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Psychology (JCU). Judith is a nationally accredited mediator under the Australian Standards, a trained conflict coach with Conflict Coaching International (CCI) and has completed training as a restorative justice convenor.

Judith has extensive experience in online teaching and learning resources development. She was the course coordinator and director of the postgraduate Conflict Management and Resolution (CMR) program at JCU from 2014 to 2017 and has significantly contributed to the design and curriculum development of the program. During her time at JCU, Judith coordinated 14 subjects, most of them offered in both online and blended mode. From 2012 until 2023, Judith also worked as a lecturer/ senior lecturer in the CMR program and has taught/ co-taught multiple subjects offered in the program, including Conflict Analysis, Sustainable Conflict Management, Facilitative Mediation Practice and Research Projects in CMR. Judith substantially redeveloped some of these subjects to incorporate new online learning technologies. In 2022, Judith designed a new subject on neuroscience, psychology, and conflict to be delivered online and in blended mode. Judith developed an eBook to be used for the teaching of the subject content, which forms the basis for this Open Educational Resource (OER).


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Neuroscience, Psychology and Conflict Management Copyright © 2024 by Judith Rafferty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.