department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

uripsymajor@gmail.com401.874.2193 (p); 401.874.2157 (f)

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Paul Bueno de Mesquita

  • Professor; Director, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies
  • School Psychology
  • Phone: 401.874.4216
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  • Mailing Address: Chafee 416 and MCC 202


For more than 30 years Paul has worked as a professional psychologist and advocate for mental health, violence prevention and positive psychological development, particularly in under-represented low-income communities. A Level III Nonviolence Trainer, he directs the annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute. Under his leadership during the past 5 years, the global reach of the Center has expanded dramatically to include certification of more than 200 training affiliates in 35 countries and conflict regions. A native Texan, Paul has been a life-long musical activist and singer/songwriter for peace, justice and nonviolent social change.


Nonviolence, violence prevention, school-based mental health services, social emotional development, problem-based learning, cultural diversity, self-efficacy, inquiry science education


Ph.D. 1987, University of Texas at Austin


Wood, S., Bueno de Mesquita, P., & Champlain, K. (2009). Songs of social justice: Changing the world one song at a time. Kingston, RI: Blurb.

Collyer, C. E., Johnson, K. L., Bueno de Mesquita, P., Palazzo, L., & Jordan, D. (2009, under review). Nonviolence Training Affects Ratings of Violence Severity. Perceptual and Motor Skills.

Bueno de Mesquita, P., Dean, R., & Young, B. (2009, under review). Making Sure What You See is What You Get: Digital Video Technology and the Pre-Service Preparation of Teachers of Elementary Science. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Bueno de Mesquita, P. (2004). Teaching children to write: A conceptual framework for instructional decision making. In K. L. Johnson & P. V. Weskott, Writing like writers: Guiding elementary children through a writer’s workshop. (pp. 261-272). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Bueno de Mesquita, P. (Ed.) (2004). Higher Education Faculty Resource Guide for the Preservice Training of School Mental Health Professionals in Character Education and Social Emotional Learning. Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids Initiative, Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Young, B., Guglielmi, K., Bueno de Mesquita, P., Sullivan-Watts, B., & Webster, K. (September, 2004). Change Associated with Readiness, Education, and Efficacy in Reform Science — C.A.R.E.E.R.S. National Science Foundation Grant.

Gilliam, W. S., & de Mesquita, P. B. (2000). The relationship between language and cognitive development and emotional-behavioral problems in financially-disadvantaged preschoolers: A longitudinal investigation. Early Child Development and Care, 162, 9-24.

Professional Interests

His teaching and research interests are in the areas of nonviolence, violence prevention, consultation, cultural diversity, stress reduction & meditation, school based mental health interventions, inquiry-based science, and problem-based learning. Currently he is serving as Interim Director of the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies.

More Information

Learn about Dr. Bueno de Mesquita's Leadership at The Center for Nonviolence and Peace.

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