Transforming the Mind for Peace Lab

The primary objective of this laboratory is discovery of innovative modes of peacebuilding practice designed to alter the mental processes of participants of violent conflict in ways that foster positive intergroup interactions.

Lab Researchers

The laboratory’s researchers include graduate students, research scientists and peacebuilding scholar-practitioners from the Carter School and beyond.


  • Shannon Sneary Alabanza, Graduate student, The Carter School
  • Natalia Alexander, Graduate Student, Columbia University
  • Mathieu Bere, Ph.D. student, The Carter School
  • Toni Farris, Ph.D. student, The Carter School
  • Beltina Gjeloshi, PhD student, The Carter School
  • Brittany Sue Justice, Psychology Major, George Mason University
  • Naomi Kraenbring, PhD student, The Carter School
  • Charles Kwuelum, Ph.D. student, The Carter School
  • Nicholas Sherwood, PhD student, The Carter School

Scholar-Practitioners from the Carter School

  • Alma AbdulHadi-Jadallah, Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board Member
  • Susan Allen, Director, Center for Peacemaking Practice
  • Marc Gopin, Director, Center for Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution
  • Karina Korostelina, Director, Program for History, Memory and Conflict
  • Douglas Irvin-Erickson, Director, Raphael Lemkin Genocide Prevention Program
  • Megan Price, Adjunct Professor
  • Colette Rausch, Senior Research Affiliate, Mary Hoch Reconciliation Center

Scholar-Practitioners outside of the Carter School

  • Theodore C. Dumas, Psychology Department, PhD Program Director, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, Associate Chair for Research, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, George Mason University
  • Al Fuertes, Associate Professor, School of Integrative Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
  • Mari Fitzduff, Professor Emeritus, Brandeis University
  • William Kennedy, Associate Professor, Department of Computational and Data Sciences

George Mason University

  • Frank Krueger Associate Professor of Systems Social Neuroscience at the School of Systems Biology, George Mason University
  • Adomi Odem Lesher, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Franke Wilmer, Professor, Department of Political Science, Montana State University


We look forward to hearing your questions, ideas and collaboration requests.  To connect with the Transforming the Mind Lab  contact Toni Farris, TML Manager or Daniel Rothbart, TML Lab Director.