Professional Details

Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso
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21 Briar Hollow Lane, Suite 508
Houston, TX 77027
Fax: 713-850-1452


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso, a Texas Distinguished Certified Mediator, was awarded the Texas Association of Mediators' 2019 Suzanne Adams Top MediatorAward, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for mediation and the Houston Business Journal recognized her as a 2018 Woman Who Means Business. She is a past-president of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) Houston chapter and has served on national and international committees for the Association of Conflict Resolution, such as former chair of the ACR education, research, and training section, being the current co-chair for the Healthcare Section and formerly the co-chair of the Workplace Section. Since 1993, she has been in practice as a mediator, arbitrator, conflict resolution coach, author, and alternative dispute resolution trainer. She has trained mediators in Thailand, China, Canada, South Korea, and India.

Dr. Manousso's baccalaureate was from Brown University, Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Community Health, and Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Dr. Manousso is certified as a trainer and coach in the Conflict Dynamic Profile. She attended South Texas College of Law.

In 2008, Barbara Manousso was appointed by Texas Governor Perry to serve on the Nursing Facility Administrators Advisory Committee. In 2010, Dr. Manousso was recognized as one of Houston's Fifty Most Influential Women of Houston.

Professional Background

Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso, a Texas Distinguished Certified Mediator, has been mediating and arbitrating since 1993. Not only does mediate and arbitrate in her private practice based in Houston, Texas, and she serves on many national panels. For many years, her training programs for individuals and corporations on mediation and arbitration have repeatedly sold out. She brings practical experience and skill training with a quality team of lecturers in many genres including healthcare, eeoc, workplace, contract, and consumer.

She also lectures worldwide on conflict management and has authored many articles, and is currently working on two books. Dr. Manousso is one of a handful of academics with a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She is certified in the Conflict Dynamic Profile, that helps assess management skills in relationship to their conflict behaviors.


Dr. Manousso has been mediating since 1993. Her areas of practice have been broad in workplace, real estate, civil contract, oil and gas, police, elder and adult care mediation, divorce, auto and lemon law, construction, environmental issues, and consumer contract. She trains mediators and arbitrators with a variety of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs found at


  • Ph.D. from Nova Southern University;
  • Attended South Texas College of Law;
  • M.P.H. from University of Texas School of Public Health;
  • B.A. from Brown University;


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2000    Drs. Joe Folger and Barach Bush    Institiute for Conflict Resolution 100+
        Over 3000 hours of various trainings.
2003    Nova Southeastern University    Graduate Certificate
2011    Nova Southeastern University    Ph,D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution


Dr. Manousso's approach to mediation is conference style, where the parties are given the opportunity to speak and be heard. Caucus is used for clarifying issues, values, and perspectives. Mediation time is well used to move the clients forward as architects of solutions.


On average, fees are $150 per party per hour with a three hour non-refundable minimum. Most cases are booked for a half or whole day.

The full day rate is $2,000 for two parties, each additional party is $1,100. All fees must be paid in advance before the mediation is scheduled.

The half day rate is $900 for two parties; each additional party is $550. All fees must be paid in advance before the mediation is scheduled.

All mediation fees are non-refundable and, once a date is set, there are no refunds for rescheduling.

Other Information

Dr. Manousso uses mediation skills, based on the Model Standards of Mediation of Texas and the American Bar Association. She empowers the parties and assists them to find timely, sustainable solutions. At the end of the mediation, the newly established communication skills will be useful to moving forward into a Mediated Settlement Agreement.

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Adult Family
  • Animal
  • Art
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bioethics
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Jewelry
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Marital Mediation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Non Profits
  • Nursing Home
  • Oil and Gas
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Postal Service
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Social Security
  • Sports
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Transportation
  • Trust Management
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Staff Developer
  • Ombud
  • Conflict Coach
  • Strategic Planning

References available upon request.

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