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Pamela K. Struss, PhD is a scholar practitioner with expertise in community development (housing, poverty & growth) judicial mediation, community engagement, local governance and religious organizations. She is an MS Alumna of ICAR now the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution @ George Mason and received her Doctoral Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale FL. She practices domestically and internationally and has worked with the governments in Ecuador and Suriname, Prince William, Lancaster, Northumberland, City of Petersburg and Westmoreland Counties, VA and is a certified Mediator for the Virginia Association of Realtors, Prince William Association of Realtors, a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator, mentor, trainer and a MC3 Certified Mediator, and liaison to Prince William County General District Court’s mediation program. She is the Past President of the Virginia Mediation Network, Board of Directors for MC3 Certified Mediators and belongs to numerous professional organizations related to the conflict resolution and peacebuilding field.

Dr. Struss enjoys a full academic life: teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate core and practice-based courses for several universities; publishing articles and books, and conference presentations.

In the fall of 2023, Dr. Struss founded the Greater Richmond Community Mediation Center serving the mediation needs of the  greater Richmond area including the courts of Chesterfield, Henrico, Petersburg and City of Richmond. In addition to working with courts, she also works with the area city governments, school districts and community organizations.

Dr. Pam Struss’ latest accomplishments are working with the leadership of Petersburg to address community distress in housing, development, underserved students and alternative sentencing for those before the court. Prior to this initiative she founded the Resilient Women of the Northern Neck Dialogue building bridges between all women regardless of ethnicity, socio economic level and education; and is the past Senior Consultant for the Northumberland County Community Liaison Board with the Sheriff’s Department.


Conflict Analysis and Resolution, NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, VA 2013.  Dissertation: Blueprint of Prince William’s Housing Loss through Foreclosure Experienced in the        Hispanic/Immigrant Community

MS., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution @ George Mason University, Arlington, VA 2006

BA., Political Science/Public Administration, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Animal
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Evictions
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • School/Education
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Staff Developer
  • Strategic Planning



Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Intro to Mediation for Certification by the VA Supreme Court
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family and Domestic Certification by the VA Supreme Court
  • Overview of the VA Judicial System
  • Child Support
  • Transforming Community Space
  • Facilitator/Peacekeeper, Trust Network USA, Mediators Beyond Borders International. 2021
  • Online Learning for Faculty Level One: teaching endorsement for designing online courses or redesigning face-to-face classes for online offering. University of North Carolina Greensboro. 2018
  • Event Planning and Management. Event/Trix. 2015


  • Mediator of the Year-Fairfax County

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Mediation Network
  • MC3 Certified

Publications & Presentations

  • Coauthored with Barbara Strahl, Alternative Justice: Mediating in the Court System Coast to Coast, April 2023
  • Practice of Mediation in the Civil Courts and the Commonwealth of Virginia, 4th edition August 2023. Mason Publishing, Fairfax
  • Happy Anniversary Continuation, VMN Spring Newsletter 2021
  • • Happy Anniversary VMN Inc., Early Organization-Planning for a Professional Organization for VA Mediation Practitioners, VMN Fall Newsletter 2020
  • • Mediation Principles Founded in World Religious Doctrine-First Excerpt, VMN Summer Newsletter 2019.
  • • Are you curious about your practice of mediation? VMN Winter 2018 Newsletter, Richmond, VA
  • • Practice of mediation in civil court and in the commonwealth of Virginia., 3rd edition 2018 Mason Publishing, Fairfax
  • • Evaluating Judicial Mediation Success in the General District Courts, 2018 ABA DR Newsletter.
  • • Virginia general district court simulation observation course. 2016
  • • Overview of the Virginia judicial system. 2018. Fairfax, Mason Publishing.
  • Virginia ADR Working Group and its mission, Virginia Bar Association Newsletter Summer 2022
  • • Mediation mining of Alexandria GDC. 2015. Alexandria, Alexandria: Alexandria General District Court. (Coauthored with A. Pais and A. Mayer Johnson, interns). 2015
  • • Overview of the Virginia judicial system manual. 2014. Co-authored with Alex Pais, Anna Maher (interns). Fairfax.
  • • “MAPCID: A Model for the Analysis of Potential Conflict in Development”. 2014. Co authored with Gwendolyn Smith, Gina Marie Michaud, and Susana Reynosa, Journal of Conflict Management, 3rd 2014.
  • • Practice of mediation in the commonwealth of Virginia courts: introduction to mediation, process, skills and problem solving. 2014 Co-authored with Alex Pais, intern. Ist edition, Fairfax.
  • • Book Review of Communication & Conflict Resolution Skills. (Winter 2014) Resolution. 44-45.
  • • Blueprint of Prince William’s Housing Loss through Foreclosure Experienced in the Hispanic/Immigrant Community, August 6, 2013, NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • • Facilitation Manual for Communities Rebuilding After Disaster. 2011. Ft. Lauderdale.
  • • New Home Buyers Manual. 2002-2011. Dumfries.


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