cheryl giles

Advisory Board

Cheryl A. Giles, PsyD, is the Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling at Harvard Divinity School (HDS) and has been a member of its faculty since 1997. Cheryl is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the treatment of children and adolescents and their families who have significant mental illness, high-risk behaviors, and traumatic stress. She has been a consultant at the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Children and Families, and many area schools, hospitals, and non-profits in Massachusetts. Prior to Harvard Divinity School, Cheryl was Director of the Lighthouse Program, a residential facility in Brighton, MA, that treated adolescents who where newly discharged from psychiatric hospitals and needed time for stabilization before returning home. At HDS, Cheryl teaches courses on spiritual counseling, contemplative care of the dying, and anti-racism practices for ministry, and she mentors students who are preparing for healthcare chaplaincy and social justice work. Her primary research interests are identifying the role of risk and resilience in developing healthy adolescents, exploring the impact of contemplative care for the dying, and increasing awareness of healthcare inequality for African-Americans. Cheryl is a core faculty member of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative at HDS. She received certification in end-of-life care from the Being With Dying Program and G.R.A.C.E.: Training in Compassion-Based Interactions in the Clinical/Patient Encounter at Upaya Zen Center. She is the co-editor of The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (Wisdom Press, 2012) and has authored articles on contemplative care of the dying and preparing clinicians to become compassionate caregivers. She is a student of Lama Willa Miller and serves on the Board of Directors of Natural Dharma Fellowship.