Cheryl A. Giles

Cheryl A. Giles

Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling
Cheryl Giles

On leave

Academic year 2020-21


  • BA, Boston College
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
  • PsyD, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology



Cheryl A. Giles is the Francis Greenwood Peabody Senior Lecturer on Pastoral Care and Counseling and a licensed clinical psychologist. She teaches courses on spiritual care, trauma and resilience, and contemplative care of the dying.

A core faculty member of the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Giles received training in end-of-life care from the Being with Dying program and GRACE: Training in Compassion-Based Interactions in the Clinical/Patient Encounter at Upaya Institute and Zen Center. She enjoys mentoring students who are preparing for chaplaincy, racial justice and healing ministry, and those interested in research on trauma and the psychology of contemplative practices.

Giles is co-editor with Willa Miller of The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (Wisdom Press, 2012). She has authored articles on contemplative care of the dying and preparing clinicians to become compassionate caregivers. Her forthcoming book with Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom, will be published by Shambala Publications in December 2020.

Giles is on sabbatical 2020-2021 and will be a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University where she will focus on innovations in chaplaincy training and education.

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