Bernard S. Mayer, PhD
Bernard S. Mayer, PhD

Bernard S. Mayer, PhD

Graduate School

Academic Appointments


  • Interdisciplinary Studies


  • Professor


Dr. Mayer is an icon in the world of conflict resolution. With over a quarter century of experience in the field, he was a founding partner at CDR Associates, the internationally recognized mediation and conflict resolution organization, and originally trained as a psychotherapist. He has worked across the globe as a mediator, facilitator, teacher, trainer, dispute systems designer, and program administrator. A true scholar as well as leading practitioner in the field, He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work with an emphasis on conflict resolution.

Publications and Presentations


  • Bernard S. Mayer, The Conflict Paradox: Seven Dilemmas at the Core of Disputes (2015)., 2015
  • Bernard Mayer, The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention (2d ed. 2012)., 2012
  • Bernard Mayer, Staying with Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes (2009)., 2009


  • Bernie Mayer, Mediation: 50 Years of Creative Conflict, 51 Fam. Ct. Rev. 34 (2013)., 2013
  • Bernie Mayer, What We Talk About When We Talk About Neutrality: A Commentary on the Susskind-Stulberg Debate, 2011 edition, 95 Marq. L. Rev. 859 (2012)., 2012
  • Bernard Mayer, Joseph B. Stulberg, Lawrence Susskind & John Lande, Panel Discussion: Core Values of Dispute Resolution: Is Neutrality Necessary?, 95 Marq. L. Rev. 805 (2012)., 2012
  • Bernie Mayer, Reflections on the State of Consensus-Based Decision Making in Child Welfare, 47 Fam. Ct. Rev. 10 (2009)., 2009
  • Christopher Honeyman, Julie Macfarlane, Bernard Mayer, Andrea Schneider, & Jeff Seul, The Next Frontier Is Anticipation: Thinking Ahead About Conflict to Help Clients Find Constructive Ways to Engage Issues in Advance, 25 Alternatives to High Cost Litig. 99 (2007)., 2007

  • Bernie Mayer, Be Less Certain—and More Flexible, ACResolution Mag., Summer 2015, at 28.
  • Bernie Mayer, Book Review, 54 Fam. Ct. Rev. 535 (2016) (reviewing Kenneth H. Waldron & Allan R. Koritzinsky, Game Theory and the Transformation of Family Law: A New Bargaining Model for Attorneys and Mediators to Optimize Outcomes for Divorcing Parties (2015)).


  • Bernard Mayer, Reflections on the Loving Conference: Race, Identity, Community, and Conflict, 50 CREIGHTON L. REV. 745 (2017)., 2017