Susie Mossman Riva, Ph.D.

C.P. 55
 1918 La Tzoumaz
 Valais, Switzerland


Susan Mossman Riva graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1986 with a degree in International Relations. She later completed the European Master in Mediation in Valais, Switzerland and created a mediation service for political asylum seekers for the Valais Canton. In 2009, she received her doctorate in the Social Sciences at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands in conjunction with the Taos Institute. Her thesis was entitled “Conflict Narratives: Mediation Case Studies in an Intercultural Context.” Her postdoctoral work has been in public health research focusing on mental health, immigrant health, and hopeful, healthy aging within the Senior Living Lab. She uses autoethnography as a transformative practice. She teaches social psychology at the Valais College of Alternative Medicine, mediation at the University of Geneva’s Valais Campus, and medical anthropology at Creighton University in the Department of Cultural and Social Studies.

For more information on Susan Mossman Riva, visit her book “Homing In: An Adopted Child’s Story Mandala of Connecting, Reunion, and Belonging” website

You can find her academic publications on her website

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