Richard Goerling


Richard Goerling, MBA, is a Police Lieutenant, Reserve Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and Adjunct Faculty at Portland Community College. He is committed to bringing mindfulness practices to first responders who suffer from compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, acute and chronic stressors. He leads mindfulness workshops for first-responders around the country, and has authored several articles on the topic.

Richard has served in civilian law enforcement for over twenty years. He currently serves as a lieutenant at a police agency in Oregon and has extensive experience in patrol operations and criminal investigations. Through his education and experience, he has developed a training specialization in first responder resiliency and human performance (operations and leadership). Over the last decade, Richard has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful and resilient warrior ethos.

Richard is a co-investigator in ongoing National Institutes of Health funded research on the impact of mindfulness training for police officers. He holds an affiliate assistant professor appointment at Pacific University in the Graduate School of Psychology. Richard also holds an adjunct faculty position at Portland Community College and Portland State University. He is also a trainer with the Drucker School of Management, part of the Claremont Graduate University, where he trains public safety leadership grounded in mindfulness practices.

Richard has earned an undergraduate degree in economics and a graduate degree in business administration. He has completed a year-long mindfulness training program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles and is a certified mindfulness facilitator (CMF).