Nancy Peddle, Ph.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of LemonAid Fund, working with individuals who have experienced injustices who want to improve their lives and those of their families and communities. Dr. Peddles’ expertise has taken her to more than 24 countries, many of which were war-torn (Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Middle-East) or immersed in a natural disaster (Aceh, Indonesia), with a focus on leadership, early childhood, child protection, women’s issues, community-based programs, systems, participatory research, trauma and psychosocial needs of children. Her current area of focus is building systems, addressing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) issues, forgiveness and education in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She was a Research Fellow at Prevent Child Abuse America and was the first Executive Director for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. She has worked at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology since 2011. She has lived the experiences, published extensively, and presents worldwide.
Dr. Peddle is holds a Ph.D. from the Fielding Graduate University in Human Organization and Development and a M.A. in Human Organization and Systems as well as a M.S. in Education from the Bank Street College of Education.
She also has a Certificate of Businiess Administration (CBA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as certificates in trust in organizations, participatory action research, forgiveness and metaphysics areas.
Her dissertation was on the role of forgiveness in trauma healing/recovery in a selected group of refugees in the Chicagoland area.