Debra Gerardi is a part-time Lecturer in Law in the UC Hastings Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Debra serves at the Co-Chair for the UC Hastings Student Wellness & Wellbeing Workgroup. She is a conflict engagement specialist and consultant providing executive coaching, mediation and facilitation services, conflict assessment, and professional development programs to healthcare organizations internationally. Debra provides executive coaching, consulting and training services that promote leadership development, enhance organizational and team effectiveness, invite diverse perspectives and encourage people to effectively engage and move through conflict.

Debra draws on the knowledge and perspectives gained from over 30 years of experience working internationally with healthcare organizations, law firms, high-tech and philanthropic organizations, academic institutions, government, and professional associations. She has provided professional services to over 150 leading healthcare organizations including: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; The Joint Commission; the World Health Organization World Alliance for Patient Safety; the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Harford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations and over 40 academic and community medical centers.

Debra received her Master Coach certification from the highly regarded Hudson Institute of Coaching where she is a member of the Hudson Leadership Team. She is certified by the International Coach Federation at the PCC level and serves as an ICF Mentor Coach. Debra is an affiliate member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.



  1. Hudson Institute of Coaching: Master Coach Certification 2017

    Master Coach Certification

  2. Hudson Institute of Coaching 2011

    Coaching Certificate, Executive and Transition Coaching

  3. UCLA Fielding School of Public Health 1995

    MPH, Public Health Administration / Policy

  4. Creighton University School of Law 1992


  5. Creighton University 1987

    BSN, Nursing

  6. Creighton University 1982

    BS, Biology

Selected Scholarship

  1. The emerging culture of health care: Improving end-of-life care through collaboration and conflict engagement among health care professionals 2007

    Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

  2. Healthier hospitals? 2005

    Nursing Management

  3. Using mediation techniques to manage conflict and create healthy work environments 2004

    AACN Advanced Critical Care

  4. The culture of health care: How professional and organizational cultures impact conflict management 2004

    Georgia State University Law Review

  5. Curing conflict 2004

    Dispute Resolution Magazine


  1. Facilitation for Attorneys