Portrait of Howard Gadlin

Dr. Howard Gadlin

Former Ombudsman and Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution, National Institutes of Health

Howard Gadlin retired after serving as Ombudsman and Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution, at the National Institutes of Health since the beginning of 1999. Before that, from 1992 through 1998, he was University Ombudsperson and Adjunct Professor of Education at UCLA. He was also director of the UCLA Conflict Mediation Program and co-director of the Center for the Study and Resolution of Interethnic/Interracial Conflict. While in Los Angeles, he served as well as Consulting Ombudsman to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Prior to moving to Los Angeles Dr. Gadlin was Ombudsperson and Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Gadlin is past President of the University and College Ombuds Association and of The Ombudsman Association (TOA) and past Chair of the Coalition of Federal Ombudsmen.

At present Dr. Gadlin is studying the dynamics of scientific teams and collaborations and developing new approaches to addressing conflicts among scientists. With colleagues he has written “Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide.” An experienced mediator, trainer and consultant, he has years of experience working with conflicts related to race, ethnicity and gender, including sexual harassment. He is often called in as a consultant/mediator in “intractable” disputes. He has designed and conducted training programs internationally in dispute resolution, sexual harassment and multicultural conflict. He is the author, among other writings, of “Bargaining in the Shadow of Management,” “Conflict, Cultural Differences, and the Culture of Racism,” and “Mediating Sexual Harassment.”