About the Authors

Elaine Shpungin, Ph.D. is the director of the University of Illinois Psychological Services Center (PSC) and part of the university Conflict Clinic. She offers training and supervision in suicide prevention, violence prevention, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to the PSC staff and clinicians.

She also practices, studies, teaches, and writes about restorative approaches in families and communities. She has worked with schools, organizations, justice systems, and intentional communities to help strengthen and improve their restorative systems. She is most proud of having a restorative system at home and using it with her life partner (Mikhail) and their two kids (12 and 8), along with other methods for addressing conflict, such as yelling, threatening, blaming, and coercing.

Her writing focuses on using restorative justice in everyday life. You can read her work in academic journals, scholarly books, web magazines, popular books on psychology, and her Psychology Today blog, PeaceMeal.

Click here for Elaine’s Vita


Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity, Theories of Psychotherapy, and a graduate-level practicum class on restorative justice. His research and writing interests are focused broadly on conflict and restorative approaches to conflict. He is particularly interested in a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and associates called Restorative Circles. His current work is focused on supporting the development, evaluation, and adoption of this practice in a variety of contexts, including schools, organizations, and the juvenile justice system. Mikhail is a co-editor of a just-released volume titled Toward a Socially-Responsible Psychology For a Global Era and writes a blog about justice for Psychology Today called Between the Lines.

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