Justine Darling, Ph.D.

Justine Andreu Darling
  • Lecturer
  • Counseling and School Psychology


Dr. Andreu Darling began her restorative journey as a GED teacher and legal advocate for homeless youth in Newark, New Jersey. Her passion for addressing the school to prison pipeline led her to pursue an MA in Peace and Justice Studies and a PhD in Education. Dr. Andreu Darling is a restorative trainer, facilitator, consultant, and researcher. She first co-founded a restorative justice program at the University of San Diego and then became the Director of Restorative Justice at the National Conflict Resolution Center. At San Diego State University, Dr. Andreu Darling teaches in the online MA in Counseling Program and is a Faculty Fellow in the Honors College. She has had the honor of learning first hand from global restorative practices including the Youth Justice Agency in Northern Ireland, the Gacaca Courts of Rwanda, and the Maori Family Group Conferencing in New Zealand. 

  • Research & Teaching Interests:

  • Theories of conflict resolution and restorative justice practices; Trauma-informed care, Emotional intelligence in schools; Multicultural Education; Professional cultural proficiency in schools; School to prison pipeline; Creating restorative communities through effective communication.
  • Personal Interests:

  • Specializations in facilitating restorative circles to provide spaces of reconciliation and healing for those impacted by harm; identifying and applying effective communication techniques to build strong and lasting relationships; addressing the school to prison pipeline to keep youth in school by creating support plans that address the needs of youth, families, and the communities they live in.
  • Hamlin, J.B. , Darling, J. (2012). Peace Circle use in Large Scale Community Conflict: A Case Study. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 4.

  • Darling, J., Horrigan, S. (2012). Education In Action: Experiential Learning in Higher Education. “A Dynamic Peacemaking Method: Restorative Circles” pg. 169. Ed. Forbes, D., Lin, J., Losh, E.

  • Darling, J. and Monk, G. (2017). Constructing a restorative school district collaborative. Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, 21(1), 80-98.

  • Darling, J. A., Moore, A. & Monk, G. (2019).  Restoring connections through circles. In J. Kottler, S. Banu & S. Jani (Eds.). Handbook of refugee experience: trauma, resilience, and recovery. San Diego, California: Cognella Publishing.

  • Darling, J. A., (2019). Social Justice in Restorative Justice Practices Trainings in California K-12 Public Schools. ProQuest. (dissertation)

  • Darling, J. (December, 2015). Restorative Practices and Justice in Schools. Presentation for San Diego Human Relations Commission.
  • Darling, J. (July, 2014). How to incorporate restorative circles into schools, communities, and organizations. Facilitated day long pre-conference at the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference: Courageous Presence- Shifting Stories and Practices of Peace.
  • Darling, J. (December, 2013). Impact of Restorative Practices in U.S. K-12 Schools. Presentation at International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Darling, J. (January, 2012). The role of restorative justice in healing the wounds of Uganda. Speaker at School for International Training (SIT) Symposium, Kigali, Rwanda.

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