Emily Chaffin, MA

Emily Chaffin, MA

Nonviolent Communication Facilitator and Coach, Surgical Neurophysiologist

Emily Chaffin is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an approach to personal transformation, resolving conflict, repairing relationships, and building resilient communities that start with cultivating authentic connections.

Emily is also a surgical neurophysiologist and former journalist. She has a degree in English, an M.A. in Experimental Psychology, and an M.A. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Princeton University.

Emily leverages her dual Master’s degrees in neuroscience and psychology and professional experience in healthcare management to bring a unique scientific and organizational edge to her training and coaching.

Emily also incorporates an awareness of power and privilege into her approach, envisioning a world that works for all. She finds great fulfillment in supporting individuals and couples navigating complex relationship scenarios, including life-altering transitions like divorce. Her mission is to foster healing, clarity, and a renewed sense of direction for those she accompanies.


  • Princeton University, M.A. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience New Mexico State University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology Davidson College, B.A. in English


  • Emily has been practicing and sharing Nonviolent Communication since 2011. She also has over a decade of experience working as a surgical neurophysiologist and clinical manager.


  • Emily is the creator of Turning Point, an NVC-based divorce recovery and transition program.