AUDREY M. YOWELL, Ph.D., MSSS.
3920 Washington Street
Kensington, MD 20895
Why I Do This Work
Families facing divorce, planning care for their children, including children with special needs, or caring for aging parents, often are buffeted by fear, resentment and anger. I love helping couples and families transform their relationships from antagonistic to collaborative. I find this to be very fulfilling work.
Audrey and Carl co-mediate as a team. Audrey’s passion throughout her 40-year career has been working on behalf of children and families, including children with special needs. In addition to mediating, she has worked directly with young children in Head Start, as well as with adolescents as Director of Social Work Services in residential and in-patient psychiatric settings and as a juvenile probation officer. She also has provided clinical and health education services and has served as Vice President of a private consulting firm.
Audrey is often called upon to facilitate problem-solving and promote collaboration among groups and organizations. She has taken a leadership role in developing and conducting maternal, child and family health programs and other public health programs and policy for both private and public agencies, including programs for organizations of professionals serving children and families. She has served as Instructor of Psychology at a community college and as a graduate-level Field Instructor for both the Boston University School of Social Work and The George Mason University Department of Social Work.
Trained by the Mediation Training and Consultation Institute and by Mediation Matters, Audrey is a member of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR) and a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM). She received her BA in psychology from Wellesley College, her M.S.S.S. from the Boston University School of Social Work, and her Ph.D. from the Heller School, Brandeis University, focusing on family services and policy.
Audrey lives in Kensington with her husband. She has a grown son. When she isn’t mediating, she loves to spend time at the theatre, outdoors on the water, in the woods or working in the garden.